Pleasantly aromatic bay leaf or bay-laurel is one of the well-recognized culinary leaf-spices in use since the earliest times. In the legends, bay laurel is deemed as the tree of the Sun god, under the celestial sign of Leo. Bay leaf, called Tejpatta in Hindi, is rich in vitamin-C, which is one of the powerful natural anti-oxidant that can help remove harmful free radicals from the body. Ascorbic acid also has immune booster, wound healing and anti-viral effects. Bay leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A which is a natural antioxidant and is essential for healthy visual sight. It is also required for maintaining mucus membranes and skin health. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin A has been found to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Bay leaf also has B-complex vitamins that support the nervous system functioning. Furthermore the lauric acid in the bay laurel leaves has insect repellent properties.