Bay leaf is also used in folk medicine. Chemicals in bay leaf might affect blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
People use bay leaf for diabetes, common cold, high cholesterol, asthma, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for BAY LEAF overview.
When applied to the skin: Bay leaf extract is possibly safe when used in cosmetics. It might cause allergic reactions in some people.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: Bay leaf extract is possibly safe when used in cosmetics. It might cause allergic reactions in some people. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bay leaf is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if bay leaf is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Surgery: Bay leaf might slow down the central nervous system (CNS). When combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery, this might slow down the CNS too much. Stop using bay leaf as a medicine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with BAY LEAF
Large amounts of bay leaf might cause sleepiness and slowed breathing. Some medications, called sedatives, can also cause sleepiness and slowed breathing. Taking bay leaf in large amounts with sedative medications might cause breathing problems and/or too much sleepiness.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with BAY LEAF
Bay leaf might lower blood sugar levels. Taking bay leaf along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Be cautious with this combination
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