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West Indian Bay Leaf Tea Recipe

Soothe your senses by sipping this aromatic herbal tea!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean, West Indian
Keyword: bay leaves, bay leaf tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 3 cups
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 3 large West Indian bay leaves
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1.5-2 cups of milk (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp honey/sugar (if desired)


  • To make bay leaf tea, add 3 large West Indian bay leaves to a saucepan of water (fresh leaves).
  • Bring the water to a boil. Allow the tea to boil for 5 minutes, and then turn off the heat.
  • Let the bay leaves steep for an additional 3 minutes. 
  • Strain out the bay leaves and serve the tea hot.
  • If you're adding a natural sweetener or milk, do so in moderation, as the flavor is quite delicate.
    A cup of bay leaf tea kept beside bay flowers and leaves on a white tablecloth