1. Description. Ilai | Bay Leaf is antifungal, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and astringent and can be used as remedy to relieve pain, improve menstrual health, treat cold nosebleeds,s and repel insects. Consistency in Taste, Aroma and Quality Across Year. Bay leaf is used as herbal remedy for headache. 2.What does an Ilai | Bay Leaf taste like? Taste and aroma If eaten whole, bay leaves are pungent and have a sharp, bitter taste. As with many spices and flavorings, the fragrance of the bay leaf is more noticeable than its taste. When the leaf is dried, the aroma is herbal, slightly floral, and somewhat similar to oregano and thyme 3.What are the benefits of bay leaves? Bay leaf is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. These vitamins are all known to support a healthy immune system. Bay leaf tea can help ease bouts of upset stomach. The tea is also very aromatic, which can help relieve sinus pressure or stuffy nose.