Indian Bay Leaf, Malabar leaf,

Indian Bay Leaf, Malabar leaf,Sanskrit name: Tamalpatra, Varanga
Botanical name: Cinnamomum tamala
Habitat: It is native to Himalayan region in India.




  • Rasa (taste): Pungent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Heating
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Pungent
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha and vata, aggravates pitta

General information

Bay leaf is used for culinary purpose in India, Nepal and Bhutan. It is one of the important spices in India. It is aromatic and hence used for flavoring food. Bay leaves are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which helps in immunity building and faster wound healing. Essential oil extracted from the leaves is aromatic and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in gastrointestinal diseases and is good for digestive health. Bay leaf helps in the treatment of common cold and sore throat.


No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

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