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Scent Leaf; 11 Important Health Benefits You Must Know

Most of us are not aware of the immense benefits of Scent Leaf popularly known as scent leaf, efirin(Yoruba), nchanwu leaf(Igbo) and daidoya(hausa). Efirin, daidoya, nchanwu or scent leaf, whose botanical name is Ocimum gratissimum, is a tropical plant species that belongs to the family of Labiatae.

Scent leaves have a very distinctive smell and taste. At first sight, it may seem that the taste and smell are very unpleasant, but this all depends on the way of cultivation. Actually, the heavy smell can make people feel a little heady.

But this strong smell also has some positive effect. For example, in fighting against mosquitoes! It is proven that putting some leaves in your room or on the porch can keep mosquitoes or flies away.

It is usually a homegrown shrub used mainly as spices for cooking delicacies due to its unique aromatic taste. Scent leaves are high in calcium,phophurus, iron, potassium, carbon and vitamin A .

The scent leave has been reported to be rich in plants chemicals. Oil from the leaves has been shown to posses antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal activities.

Nutritional Components.

Scent leaves contain the following nutritional & medicinal components:

  • Protein
  • Moisture
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Fiber
  • Carotenoids
  • Vitamin C
  • Folate
  • Phytochemicals
  • Vitamine A
  • Calcium
  • Energy
  • Lipids
  • Magnesium

Major Leaf Function

  • Antibacterial
  • Preservative
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Antiviral
  • Antioxidant

Part Mostly Used 

  • Leaves
  • Flower
  • Stem

 Amazing Health Benefits of Scent Leaves

  1. Scent leave aids digestion. It has immense health benefits such as easy bowel evacuation and weight management.
  2. Scent leave can be used to treat stomach ache, diarrhoea, chronic dysentry and vomitin. The aqueos extracts of the scented leaf can be taken to relief ear ache and colon pains. Scent leaf decoction is used in treatment of mental illness.
  3. Scent leave can be used to treat oral infections. Say bye bye to smelly mouth as scent leave will kill all the bacteria in your mouth and also prevent tooth decay and bad breath.
  4. It is used in the treatment of fungal infections, fever, cold and catarrh.Squeezed nchanwu leaves are applied on the skin for treating skin diseases and ringworm.
  5. Nchanwu oil can be used as food preservative due to its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
  6. Scent leaves can also be used for the prevention and treatment of malaria, catarrh, cough and fever.
  7. The aqueous extracts of the scented leaf can be taken to relieve ear ache and colon pains.
  8. The stick of this leaf is being used by some people as a local chewing stick.
  9. When left to dry and burnt, this leaves could serve as a mosquito repellent.
  10. Nchanwu seeds can be infused for treating urinary infections,gonorrhoea infection, vaginal douches for vaginitis. From recent finding scent leaf has been found to be useful in the medication for people living with human immunodefficiency virus (HIV) and Acquired immune defficiency syndrom(AIDS).

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Efirin Igbo Labiatae Ocimum gratissimum Scent Leaf


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