To make bay leaf tea, simmer bay leaves in water for up to 20 minutes before letting the mixture steep. Strain the leaves before drinking the tea, and sweeten it to taste.
- Combine bay leaves and water
Fill a pot with 1 cup of water for each serving of tea. For example, 2 cups of water makes two servings, while 4 cups makes four servings. Add three to six fresh or dried bay leaves to the water. Increase the number of bay leaves depending on the number of servings or the desired strength of the tea.
- Boil the mixture
Cover the pot, and place it on the stove. Bring the water and bay leaves to a boil over medium-high or high heat.
- Steep the tea
Allow the mixture to boil for 3 to 20 minutes, depending on the desired strength of the tea. The longer it boils, the stronger the bay leaf tea becomes. After boiling it, take the pot off the heat and allow it to sit, covered, for another few minutes to steep.
- Sweeten and serve the bay leaf tea
Strain the bay leaves from the tea, and portion the mixture into individual cups or mugs. Sweeten it according to taste with sugar or the desired sweetener. Add a small splash of milk if desired.