Natural Remedies: Bay Leaf Tea

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(“Camellia Brand”)

I have previously spoken about the benefits of using natural remedies; in light of this, I will be going into more depth about the advantages of bay leaf tea, and sharing the means of preparing this form of treatment. There are many different types of bay leaves, which many people use to treat conditions such as diabetes, indigestion, colds, infections, and pain (Saba). I think that in a culture where chemical-based medications are prevalent, we should incorporate natural remedies into our treating of minor ailments — especially since these organic options are readily available throughout most parts of the world, and are better for the environment. Alongside the advantages to basic health conditions, bay leaf tea can also be used as in the field of skincare: “[b]eing rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, bay leaf offers various benefits to your skin and has been used in herbal medicine for this purpose” (Saba). As well, “[b]ay leaf helps to de-stress your skin, thus preventing the occurrence of wrinkles and skin outbreaks” (Saba). On various occasions, I have consumed bay leaf tea. As a result, I felt very refreshed, as this product also benefits the immune system. Since this tea is a very easy method of switching to natural products, I think that more people should be made know of this alternative.

Steps to prepare bay leaf tea:

  1. Fill a pot with 2 cups of water, and place 3-5 bay leaves into the water.
  2. Bring the water to boiling point for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour into a mug and consume.
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Wooden Hair Brush

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(“DIY and Crafts Magazine”)

There are numerous ways one can switch to using more natural products through one’s daily life, though one interesting idea I have come across is using wooden hair brushes. This product has tremendous environmental benefits, as “… [they are] crafted from bamboo, which is a sustainable resource – it rapidly regrows after being harvested, and it can grow in damaged and soil depleted soil” (Kate). The environmental benefits are incredibly reassuring, as hair brushes made of conventional plastics do not easily decompose — creating a fairly significant downside. Aside from the ecological advantages, these brushes also aid in the health of one’s hair. I have recently started using one made of bamboo, and have found that it is softer on my scalp and decreases my hair’s static and frizziness. The wooden qualities of the brush also help to “naturally condition your hair, and evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils down the hair shaft” (Kate). Alongside my regular hair care routine, I especially enjoy using this brush after I wash my hair, as it results is less breakage. I would definitely recommend using wooden hair brushes in exchange for conventional alternatives, as there are far more benefits for both the hair and the environment. This product is readily available, since it can be purchased at virtually any store that carries hair products. I personally found mine at Marshall’s at a very reasonable price. In the process of switching to natural lifestyle alternatives, this is truly an easy and affordable change that possesses many advantages.