Zizira Dried Bay Leaves | 500g

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  • The Indian bay leaf is scientifically known as Cinnamomum tamala or tej patta in Hindi. Originated in the southern slopes of the Himalayas, they are also found growing in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and the North-Eastern hills of India. It is an endemic spice in most Indian cuisines from savoury to sweet dishes due to its distinctive fragrance and flavour.

    However, it is also well-known for the medicinal properties it possesses. Presence of various nutrients and minerals such as Vitamin A and C along with folic acid (a type of vitamin B) makes it a highly beneficial herb. If the leaves are eaten whole, they are pungent and have a sharp bitter taste. Its fragrance is more noticeable than its taste which when dried, it gives out a herbal and slightly floral fragrance which is due to the presence of essential oils like Myrcene and Eugenol in it.

    What Is the Shelf-life of Dried Bay Leaves?

    Our Dried bay leaves can last for 1-3 years if they are properly stored. The leaves do not get spoilt, but they will start to lose their potency and aroma with time and will not flavour or show their benefits as intended when they exceed the period of twelve months.

    How to Store These Dried Bay Leaves?

    Here are a few simple steps to follow in order to retain the aroma and benefits of bay leaves for a longer duration.

    • Store them in an airtight container and remember to close the lid of the container tightly as soon as you finish using it.
    • Before storing these leaves in airtight containers, make sure the container is thoroughly dried because the presence of moisture will cause the leaves to develop molds and damage the other leaves as well.
    • Coloured bottles are a better option to store these leaves as they protect them from direct sunlight. If you are using clear containers, remember to store it in closed cabinets or wall racks which do not receive direct sunlight.
    • Store the container away from stoves, ovens, windows and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the leaves to lose its strength and volatile content.

    Flavour

    A perfect ingredient, these dried bay leaves are flavorful add-ons for your Garam Masala or to your soup seasoning. It is complex and strong. In Ayurveda, bay leaf is added in teas for treating cough and cold.

    If you smell a dried bay leaf, you might not get as much aroma as you would. But this does not mean there is no flavour in it. When the leaves are added into water, soup, or another cooking liquid, it develops an almost minty flavour (somewhere between spearmint and menthol).

    If the leaves are eaten whole, they are pungent and have a sharp bitter taste.

    Why This Product

    Over the years, we have developed good relationships with ethical farmers who provide us with pure and great quality products.

    Our team travels to the most isolated and remote villages to source the best ingredients.

    The extra mile

    • Knowing where our ingredients come from- We deeply care about where each and every ingredient we use comes from. Over the years our team has been able to build up relations with the ethical farmers of Meghalaya and what is important is that we give importance to providing pure and safe products to our customers.
    • Evaluation of ingredients- To provide our customers with the best products, we make sure to select the absolute best ingredients with maximum quality. Both our team and our farmer partners share the same mission and we prioritize on the long-term health of the land. The land is free from all unwanted artificial additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers and insecticides resulting in safe and pure ingredients.
    • Product safety- In the processing of food, we are aware of hazards that can creep in. We do not take chances with any kind of hazard – physical, chemical or biological. We take every necessary precaution to control them at every critical point in our food processing facility. That is what we are doing with every new harvest of each and every ingredient that we use.
    • Credible, Safe and Wholesome- We follow a similar process for all of Zizira's products. Credible, high standard quality maintenance without excuses. We understand that the choices we make and who we work with, partner with, what and how we serve can make a difference. We believe that our continued effort and diligent work will contribute to the health of our customers, to the prosperity of the farmers as they revive and regenerate traditional farming practices.
  • Health Benefits

    Bay leaves are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Regular inclusion of bay leaves in your diet improves the overall health.

    Here are a few health benefits:

    • Improves digestion- Bay leaves are believed to have excellent effects on the gastrointestinal system and act as a diuretic as it helps in stimulating urination. This effect further helps in decreasing toxicity by flushing out the toxic substances. Furthermore, the compounds that are present in bay leaves are highly effective in dealing with upset stomachs, soothing irritable bowel syndrome. Due to some complex proteins that are present in our diet, it makes it difficult to digest but the enzymes that are present in bay leaves facilitates efficient digestion and the intake of different nutrients.
    • Helps in respiratory conditions- Bay leaves have powerful antibacterial properties in it and the essential oils in it help in alleviating respiratory conditions. It helps to loosen up the phlegm and eliminates harmful bacteria that may be trapped in the respiratory tract.
    • Has anti-cancer properties- Bay leaves have a unique combination of antioxidants as well as other organic compounds such as phytonutrients, linalool, catechins, and parthenolide that helps in protecting the body from the harmful effects of cancer-causing free radicals or substances. These free radicals cause mutation of the healthy cells into cancer cells, but bay leaves may help in preventing this activity due to the abundant number of antioxidants and organic compounds in it. Cineole, one of the main compounds in bay leaves that help in suppressing the growth of cancer cells.
    • Helpful for the heart- The organic compounds that are found in bay leaf which include caffeic acid and rutin helps in enhancing the health of the heart. These two compounds aid in strengthening the capillary walls that are present in the heart further helps in eliminating LDL or bad cholesterol from the cardiovascular system.
    • Stress-buster- Stress is one very common condition in today’s world. You can add bay leaves to your daily diet in order to manage stress better. Chemical compound linalool which is present in it helps in lowering the stress hormones in the body which leads to calmness and combat symptoms of depression.
    • Protects the body from inflammation- Bay leaves have an anti-inflammatory activity which is one of its most essential benefits.  The presence of some unique Phyto-nutrients called parthenolide in it helps in reducing inflammation significantly which further reduces the chances of developing inflammation conditions like arthritis.
    • Manages diabetes- Bay leaves are highly useful in the management of diabetes as they help in reducing the blood glucose level, cholesterol, and triglycerides. They directly improve the function of the insulin receptor and regulates blood sugar levels. This is because the antioxidants in bay leaf enable the body to help produce more insulin efficiently thus making it a good choice for diabetic patients who has insulin resistance.
    • Antifungal property- Studies have suggested that bay leaves have antifungal properties that help in protecting the skin from any kind of unwanted microbes that causes infection or irritation. Regular consumption of bay leaf powder may help in creating a protective layer that may eliminate all sorts of microbial organisms from entering the membrane.
    • Soothes sore throat and reduces cough- Bay leaves have the ability to clear up the respiratory system. It helps to unclog stuffy nasal passage and gets rid of the harmful bacteria.
    • Boosts athletic performance- Bay leaves have caffeic acid in them and not only helps fight rare diseases, but it can also help in increasing exercise tolerance. It has a mild stimulant effect that reduces the levels of lactate which is commonly used in pre-workout supplements.
    • Reduces rare diseases- Bay leaves contain a powerful and strong plant pigment which is known as rutin. It is a flavonoid that improves the circulation in the body by strengthening the veins and arteries. Overall, rutin also may help in preventing blood clots, which may lower the risk of rare diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
    • Helps in improving hair health- To help improve the health of the hair follicles and to help remove dandruff, bay leaves are extremely beneficial in this condition as the chemicals and volatile oils that are present in it helps in eliminating dry scalp and dandruff problem.