Benefits: The roots can stem blood flow, relieve flatulence and heal gum abscesses. The skin of the leaves restores physical energy. Improves blood circulation, reduces phlegm and heals dermatitis. The core helps drain off bodily toxins. The leaves relieve flatulence and mouth sores, and refresh your energy. Use: Bay leaves are common in Western cooking Thais use them when grilling chicken and making masman curry.