Local name for bay leaf in Nigeria (hausa, Igbo, Yoruba).

The aim of this article is to answer the following questions below:

What is bay leaf called in hausa language?

What is bay leaf called in Yoruba language?

What is bay leaf called in Igbo language?

Bayleaf is popular leaf in Nigeria and Ghana for its use in the cooking and spicing up the popular jollof rice and the for steaming of meat, fish snail and other “proteins”…bayleaf has other health benefits and uses which I will talk about later in this same article.

Since bayleaf is a very popular leaf among Nigerians, what is its name in Nigerian languages? It is important we know. Don’t you think so?

It is important to note that bayleaf plant is not indigenous to Nigeria or Ghana so we have name local name for it….we just call it bay leaf as the the English people call it. So , bayleaf leaf has no local name in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages.

Local name for bay leaf in Nigeria (hausa, Igbo, Yoruba)
Bayleaf spiced jollof rice…yummy

I read somewhere that the yorubas call bayleaf “bayleaf bunkum” but I later found out it was wrong info. Whether you know the native Nigerian name or not, bayleaf should still be among your recipe for our delicious jollof rice please. Everybody knows it as bayleaf already.

Now that we are clear, let me roll out the benefits of bayleaf for all to see.


(1)mix one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of bay leaf powder together. Take it once after dinner

Boil 5 bay leaves with one liter of water, boil the leaf until it reduce to half, strain and store in a tight container, take one teaspoon twice a day for two weeks

Boil two Bay leaves in a cup of water for 15 minutes, strain drink twice a day, you can also add honey for taste

Boil 5 bay leaves in a cup of water for 15minutes, soak a cloth into the hot water by massage the affected joint for 15minutes

Add two teaspoon of bay leaf powder into two glasses of hot water cover it for 20minutes, strain and use the water to wash the hair when cooled

Boil two handful of bay leaf and a piece of ginger in 400ml of water till it reduce to 100ml, strain and drink twice a day

Make a decoction of 5 bay leaves in one litre of water and add to bathwater to relieve body ache

Boil five bay leaves and one teaspoon of Cinnamon powder in one litre of water for 20minutes, take the mixture as tea

Boil four Bay leaves in two glass cup of water for 20minutes, strain and inhale the steam, you can also dip cloth inside the boiled water and squeeze out the water then placed it on the chest to get relief from cold.

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