Indian Bay Leaf, Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala)

Indian bay leaf | tamalapatra | तेज पता | cinnamomum tamala

What is Tamalapatra (તમલપત્ર) – Tamalapatra (તમલપત્ર) is the Gujarati name for Indian Bay Leaf (Cinnamomum Tamala). Tamalapatra translates into a “pungent leaf”. Tamalapatra or the Indian Bay leaf is used commonly as a spice and tastes more like cinnamon, but milder, and is indeed the leaf of the Cassia (Cinnamomum tamala) tree.

Apart from spice, Tamalapatra (તમલપત્ર) has several health benefits too. Burning Indian Bay Leaf is said to help fatigue, varicose veins, painful joints, and viral infections.

It also  helps by calming the nervous system and boosting mental activity, as well as strengthening immune systems. Culinarily, Indian bay leaves are quite different having a fragrance and taste similar to cinnamon (cassia) bark, but milder.

Read more: Health Benefits of Tamalapatra (તમલપત્ર)

Tamalapatra (તમલપત્ર) Cinnamomum Tamala is thought to have been one of the major sources of the medicinal plant leaves known in classic and medieval times.

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