West Indian Bay Leaf Tea

West Indian Bay Leaf Tea

The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Steep: 4 mins
Total: 8 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
3 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 31mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A hot cup of bay leaf tea is comforting—almost like aromatherapy. The fragrant leaves release their essence and give you a spiced tea that will have you going back for a second cup.

Older folks in the Caribbean believe that bay leaf tea can lower your blood pressure, aid with digestive problems, and even get rid of headaches. Folk medicine is still alive in the Caribbean. Whether or not these claims are true, one thing is certain–you'll love this tea.


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"Soothing, aromatic, and comforting are just a few words that describe this Caribbean-style tea that can be enjoyed anytime with practically no effort." —Diana Andrews

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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    West Indian Bay Leaf Tea ingredients

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  2. In a small pot, add the bay leaves and water. Cover and boil over high heat. Once the water boils, lower the heat to medium-high and continue to boil for 3 minutes.

    In a small pot, add the bay leaves and water

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  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let the tea steep for 4 minutes.

    Remove the pot from the heat and let the tea steep

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  4. Strain out the bay leaves.

    Strain out the bay leaves from the pot

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  5. If desired, sweeten or add milk to suit your taste.

    West Indian Bay Leaf Tea, with milk

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  • If you're using milk, only use a small splash, as too much milk will dilute the flavor of the tea.

Recipe Variation

  • Add a cinnamon stick with the bay leaf and water during boiling process.


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