A help against high blood pressure comes from the laurel! The leaves of this plant, in fact, are not only pleasantly scented and useful for flavoring dishes, but also bring important benefits in case of hypertension. This emerges from a very recent scientific research that appeared in the journal Cardiovascular and Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (Bouadid et al, Cardiovasc Hematol Agents Med Chem, 2022).
The benefits of laurel
Scientists started from the consideration that, according to tradition, in some African countries, laurel leaves are useful for reducing blood pressure. However, until now, there was no scientific evidence regarding this use of laurel, also called bay tree. Evidence exists instead on the antimicrobial, antioxidant, antidiabetic and gastroprotective properties of bay leaf, useful in case of poor digestion, bloating and flatulence (Caputo et al, Molecules, 2017). So, let's try to deepen the results of this very interesting research.
Laurel against hypertension, here's the study
The study took place in the laboratory, on a population of rats. Some of the rats had developed hypertension, while the other half had normal blood pressure. The rats were given aqueous extracts of bay leaves. Well, what emerged was that laurel reduced blood pressure in subjects with hypertension. As scientists have been able to ascertain, this action is due to the vasorelaxant properties of laurel, which can be observed above all at the level of the aorta.
Laurel, intake and warnings
Laurel, therefore, proves to be an ally in counteracting hypertension and maintaining normal blood pressure values. You can use laurel glycerin macerate, 50 drops in a glass of water, one to two times a day. Alternatively, you can prepare bay leaf tea. Bring a cup of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and add 2-3 fresh bay leaves, or a teaspoon of dried leaves. Let it brew for ten minutes, then filter and drink. Before starting any type of treatment, ask your doctor for advice if you suffer from diabetes or are taking drugs to take the blood sugar under control, as bay leaves have a hypoglycemic action. Also see your doctor if you are taking sedatives and pain relievers, given the possible interaction between these medications and bay leaves.