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Benefits and Warning of Scent leaf that you need to know

Scent Leaf: Q&A, Benefits &


What is Scent leaf

Scent leaf

Scent leaf is an aromatic tropical plant, which leaves are mostly used for cooking. Scent leaf extracts are also commonly used as traditional medicine in treating illnesses like fever, cough, body pain and so on.

Local Nigerian Name For Scent Leaf

Scent leaf in Igbo: Nshianwu

Scent leaf in Yoruba: Efirin

Scent leaf in Hausa: Daidoya

Scent leaf in Effik: Ntong

Scent leaf in Edo: Aramogbo

How to Use Scent Leaf

Scent leaf can be used fresh or dried in making foods like black soup, pepper soup and egusi soup. 

It can also be brewed as tea or juiced to be used as medicinal herbs to help treat various illnesses. 

And lastly, scent leaf can be incorporated into mosquito coils, incense, creams or ointments, to drive away insects and reptiles.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scent Leaf

Here are some of the most common questions people ask about scent leaf:

What is scent leaf botanical name?

The botanical name is Ocimum gratissimum. Family Labiatae

What is Scent leaf's Nutritional Fact?

100g of fresh scent leave contains:

Calories: 22

Protein: 3.2g

Fat: 0.6g

Carbs: 2.7g

Potassium: 295 mg

Sodium: 4mg

Scent leaf also contains some magnesium, cinnamic acid, anetol, boron compounds, eugenol compound, stigmasterol, tannin, zinc, tryptophan, iron and Vitamins A, B-6 and C

Is scent leaf the same as basil?

Scent leaf is similar to Basil. They are both members of the Ocimum genus. However, note that their Chemical composition varies with geographical, environmental and genetic factors.

Is scent leaf good for weight loss

Consuming scent leaf can indirectly help you with weight loss because they are very low in calories and full of nutrients.

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What're the Health Benefits of Bitter leaf and Scent leaf Juice

The mixture of Scent leaf and bitter leaf juice is said to have a wide range of health benefits including treatment for cough, malaria, fever, convulsion, cholera, pains, diarrhoea and so on.

What's Difference Between Mint Leaves and Scent Leaves?

There is a couple of differences between mint and scent leaf (even if they look alike). The most obvious difference is that Mint leaf has a 'peppermint' kind of scent while scent leaf does not.

Can Scent Leaf Abort Pregnancy?

Scent leaf may abort a pregnancy because it has been traditionally used in some African countries to induce abortion [O]. That said, it is unclear how much you have to take or what you have to mix it with to induce abortion. 

Is Scent Leaf Good For a Pregnant Woman (is scent leaf safe in pregnancy)

Scent leaf is likely safe for pregnant women when consumed in food quantity.

Also, it has also been shown to help make childbirth easier, and reduce associated pain.

So, it's best you check with your doctor before use. 

Is Scent Leaf Good for Breastfeeding Mothers?

Based on hearsay, scent leaf may help lactating mums. However, there is hardly any research evidence on this. So, you have to check with your doctor to be on the safe side.

Is Scent Leaf Good for Pile/Haemorrhoids

Yes, scent leaf is good for treating Pile/Haemorrhoids according to a research study published in the Nigeria Scholars Research Library Annals of Biological Research.

Is scent leaf good for diabetes?

Yes, scent leaf is good for diabetes because it has long used in managing diabetes [B]. And they are a few research studies in favour of this.

Can Scent Leaf Cure Malaria?

Scent leaf mixed with bitter leaf has been locally used in treating malaria. So scent may help cure malaria.

Is Scent Leaf Good for the kidney?

There are no formal research studies that show if scent leaf is good for kidney or not, as of the time of writing this post.

Can Scent Leaf Cure Pimples?

Rumour has it that applying scent leaf as a face mask or in washing the face at least once or twice a week may help in treating and preventing pimples, acne and blackheads. 

However, as at the time of writing this piece, there's no clinical evidence to back this claim. 

Is Scent Leaf Good for Fertility/Conception

I didn't find any concrete or convincing evidence that scent leaf is good nor bad for fertility or conception.

Is Scent Leaf Good for an Ulcer Patient?

Yes, scent leaf may be of much benefit for an ulcer patient. Because a few studies have shown scent leaf extract to be effective for gastric ulcers.

How to Preserve Scent leaves

You can preserve scent leaf in a variety of ways like:

1. Place scent leaves in a plastic bag and store in the fridge (last for up to two weeks).

2. Blend scent leaf to form purée and store in the fridge or freezer

3. Dry and store in a cool place.

Health Benefits of Scent Leaf

Due to scent leaf's antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, it may help in improving and restoring health activities.

Here are some potential health benefits of scent leaf:

Protect from Cardiovascular Diseases 

Scent leaf may help protect you from heart problems. Because scent leaf contains heart-friendly nutrient like Magnesium. Which helps lower bad cholesterol level and improve blood circulation.

That said, there is very few research work to support this claim. The closest research available, as I write this is, is the one carried out on rats.

Scent leaf (O. gratissimum) extract was shown to reduce the effect of induced cardiac abnormalities linked with liver fibrosis in rats.

It was also revealed that scent leaf extract can help protect and reverse toxicity and blood pressure changes linked with exposure of cobalt-chloride in rats.

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