They are most often used in rice dishes like biryani and as an ingredient in garam masala. Bay (laurel) leaves are frequently packaged as tezpattā (तेज़पत्ता, the Hindi term for Indian bay leaf), creating confusion between the two herbs. Bay leaf is an herb that is commonly used in cooking. The leaves and oil are also used to make medicine. People use bay leaf for diabetes, cancer, stomach problems, pain, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.