Tejpatra (Cinnamomum Tamala)

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Tejpatra

Tejpatra is a tree native to India, China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. The tree bears aromatic leaves which are used for medical and culinary purpose. The herb is believed to be widely in use by the Greeks and Romans and they believed that it symbolizes wisdom, peace and protection.

The leaves taste pungent and have a bitter flavor which are used either in fresh or dried forms. The oil extracted from Tejpatra is used to cure numerous ailments. Leaf, Bark and Oil of Tejpatra are the used parts of this plant. Leaves of Tejpatra cannot be consumed directly due to its bitter taste, but can be used as a flavoring agent in a number of dishes. The leaf of Tejpatra is a very common ingredient in the Moghul cuisines. The essential oils extracted from Tejpatra are used in perfumes and also as a repellant of flies, moths, mice, etc. Tejpatra has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, diuretic and astringent properties.

Following are the different varieties of Tejpatra: Bay laurel, California bay leaf, Indian bay leaf, Indonesian bay leaf and West Indian bay leaf.

Health Benefits of Tejpatra:

  • Widely used in the treatment of diabetes, which regulates the blood glucose levels, cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • It promotes digestion and treats digestive disorders like bloating, flatulence and heartburn.
  • The tea made from Tejpatra can relieve constipation, acid reflux and irregular bowel movements.
  • The leaf provides protection against cardiovascular diseases and prevent strokes or heart attacks.
  • Used to treating cold, cough, flu, infections and other respiratory problems.
  • The oil extracted from this plant is very useful in relieving pain from sprains, strains, arthritis, rheumatism, general pains or aches.
  • The oil massage of temples helps to relieve migraine headaches.
  • Very beneficial during the preconception period and to treat menstrual problems.
  • It induces good sleep and is used to treat nosebleed, dental care and treatment of hair loss