Cinnamomum tamala is a medium sized evergreen tree about 8 meter tall. Leaves simple, short stalked, leathery, ovate, lanceolate, long pointed 10- 15 cm long with 3 conspicuous nearly parallel veins arising from near the base, bright pink when young in spring, aromatic when crushed. Flowers pale yellow, in terminal and axillary-branched clusters. Fruits are ovoid drupe, black, and succulent. The bark is used to manufacture an aromatic essential oil (makes up 0.5% to 1% of its composition). The oil is obtained by roughly pounding the bark, macerating it in seawater, and then quickly distilling the whole.
The leaves-Bay leaf of Cinnamomum Tamala contain a volatile oil, which contains phytochemical constituents such as MONOTERPENES and SESQUITERPENES.
The essential oil and oleoresins in Cinnamomum Tamala leaves contain EUGENOL. EUGENOL is responsible for the anti-bacterial and anti-fungi activities of the Indian Bay leaf. So, it can also be used in human yeast infections.
Gas & Abdominal Distension:
Cinnamon Tamala leaf is an excellent remedy to remove the gas from the human gut. It is anti-flatulent, antispasmodic, and digestive. It is likely to prevent gas formation in the gut when added to the food.
Abdominal Pain & Cramps:
Cinnamon Tamala has antispasmodic and carminative action, which helps to treat abdominal pain and cramps. It is more likely to be effective when pain or cramps are due to accumulated gas in the abdomen.
High Cholesterol & Triglycerides:
Cinnamon Tamala reduces cholesterol and helpful in the treatment of Hyperlipidemia.
Organic Bay leaf-Cinnamon Tamala in English named as Nepali Bay Leaf, and botanically Cinnamomum Tamala is an culinary spice as well as ayurvedic medicine. It is commonly used in Indian, Nepali,Pakistani, Bengali Kitchen for enhancing the taste of the different foods. Additionally, it stimulates the digestive enzymes, which helps to improve digestion of food and increases the bio-availability of the nutrients during the digestion process in the intestine.
In Ayurveda, bay leaf can be used to reduce Ama – Mild Toxin (AMA) in the body and for the problems with problem health it reduce gas formation, flatulence, abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, common cold and asthma.