Photo Credit: The Guardian
In Nigeria, scent leaf is a common plant. It is a homegrown shrub that can be found in farms and gardens and is primarily used as a spice in cooking delicacies because of its aromatic flavor. It's a vegetable seasoning that adds a wonderful, distinct flavor and aroma to any dish. Any meal using fragrance leaves will make your mouth water, but there's more to it than that. Antibacterial, antifungal, and larvicidal activities abound in the plants. Scent leaf is useful in the treatment and prevention of infections and illnesses. It also contains necessary bioactive chemicals for human health, including as iron, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin A.
The smell leaf is widely used among Nigeria's many tribes. It's called "Efirin" in Yoruba, "Ahuju" or "Nchanwu" in Igbo, "Ganyen Kamsh" or "Doddo Ya" in Hausa, "Aramogbo" in Edo, "Ntonng" in Ibibio, and "Ekeni" in some sections of Ijaw.
It's primarily used in the preparation of 'Ofe Akwu,' pepper soups, porridge yams, Jollof beans, jollof rice, and 'Ukwa,' along with many other foods. More specifically, it is used by the Benin people to prepare soups such as ‘Ogbono' and ‘Egusi.' It is most known for its cooking benefits in the preparation of a variety of dishes.
Here Are 4 healthy Reason Why You Should Cook With Scent Leaf
1. The scent leaf is well-known not only for its aroma but also for its health benefits. Calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, and vitamin A are all abundant in it. Scent leaf oils are believed to have antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial qualities, which is why it is called the "fever" leaf.
2. When a cold strikes, do you ever wonder why people take pepper soup and fragrance leaves? It's because it helps to prevent colds and catarrh. It can also be used to treat cholera and dysentery in the stomach. It is beneficial for skin care and treats skin diseases like ringworm when crushed into a paste. When you have menstrual cramps, make it into a tea to relieve the pain.
3. Scent leaves have a variety of health benefits, according to research. Scent leaf is a nutrient-dense plant that is also a well-known fertility booster. It is high in vitamin A, which aids in the maintenance of good vision. It helps to prevent xerophthalmia when a sufficient amount of fragrance leaf is taken. It contains calcium and magnesium, which help to lower bad cholesterol and promote blood circulation, so improving heart function.
4. The scent leaves facilitates food digestion, have a relaxing effect on the stomach, and improves bowel evacuation. It can reduce blood sugar levels while also protecting the insulin-producing pancreatic islets from harm.
Write-up Credits: The Guardian.
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