Scent leaves 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.
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
100g of fresh scent leaf contains:
Potassium: 295 mg
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.
The botanical name is Ocimum gratissimum. Family Labiate.
1. Treatment of cough and phlegm
2. It Helps in solving digestion problem
3. Treatment of fever/malaria
4. It Helps To Cure diabetes It Helps Relieves sunburn
5. Overcoming itching
6. It helps to kill bacteria
7. It Helps In lactating
8. It Helps In treat tuberculosis
9. It Serves as mosquitoes repellents
10. It Helps To Reduce nicotine
11. It Helps To Heal Boil
12. It Has Gastroenteritis
13. It is healthy for the heart
14. It Helps To improve healthy eye and mouth
15. It is anti-inflammatory
16. It Has Cosmetics Fragrance
17. It Helps in Solving Fertility problem
18. It Is high in Vitamin A, Calcium and phosphorus
19. It Helps In Reproduction
20. It Contains Anti Fungi
21. It Helps To Promote Oral Hygiene
22. It Helps To Promote Normal Hair growth
1.Aids Treatment Of Cough and phlegm laxative
By squeezing the leaves to remove fluid (or an extract of leaves of Scent). Then take the extract and brew it with hot water. after that drinks at your child or yourself. With drinking extracted Scent leaves water regularly, your cough will subside gradually.
It Helps Cure Fever/malaria
Scent leaf’ contain an effective antipyretic substance to reduce fever and cure malaria. To get this benefit, you can brew Scent leaves as tea if you’re a tea drinkers. Drink it while still warm.
2.Helps Solve Digestion Problems
Drink brewing scent leaves as tea able to treat digestive problems such as diarrhea, mules, such as in the stomach and others. The content of the essence in the Scent leaves have a calming effect and cools the stomach.
For Diabetes Scent leaf medicinal benefits include the combination of bitter leaf and scent leaf extract as a super combo used in controlling blood sugar level in the body.
These plants are also able to prevent cancer and reduce cholesterol. In diabetes mellitus, especially non-insulin dependent (NID diabetes), Scent leaf may lower blood sugar levels and protect the pancreas cells that produce insulin from damage.
Randomized study in 1996 showed a decrease in blood sugar levels after eating are significant an at the NID-DM patients. According to research conducted on mice, the content of ethanol in mint efficacious lowering blood sugar levels. Another finding was awesome, that Scent able to protect body tissue from damage caused by radiation.
4. Relieve heartburn
Scent leaf tea is useful for curing heartburn, coughing, weakness, menstrual pain, fever, malaria, respiratory problems, constipation, loss of appetite , nausea, postpartum treatments, cleansers and boosters heart.
5.Relieves body itching
If you feel like your whole body is itching, It might be mosquitoes recently bit you, so you cannot stop this annoying itching. No need to worry! To treat itching, you just need to take some scent leaves and ginger root, and blend together until they become smooth in texture. Remember to add a little water. Drink it 3 times per day and itching will go away.
6. Helps In Killing bacteria (antiseptic)
The content in Scent leaves are effective for killing germs. You should take 15 slice of Scent leaf, boiled in two cups boiling water into the remaining one cup. Use boiled water for antiseptic.
If you have any problems with lactating after childbirth, eat Scent leaves to stimulate milk production. Take twenty leagues grams of Scent leaf, use as fresh vegetables when eating. You can add to food.
8.Helps to treat tuberculosis
Tuberculosis is a very serious disease which takes the lives of millions of people every year. The tuberculosis bacillus is the main reason why tuberculosis can attack your lungs. This causes several problems, one of which is coughing. The lungs of people who have tuberculosis get inflamed, then soon after, it all gets even worse. To avoid this kind of terrible disease or help to cure it, doctors suggest using bitter leaves as natural herb medicine. Do not need to chew them, just blend them to make a drink. Besides, you can add them to your favorite dishes.
9.Serves as mosquitoes repellents
The fragrance in Scent leaves is not liked by mosquitoes or flies. So if you want to repel mosquitoes or flies, keep the Scent leaves in a pot in the house.
10.Helps to reduce nicotine
Scent leaves helps eliminate and repair the damages caused by smoking. Smokers must consume Scent leaves. Other Scent benefits can also reduce stress, prevent diabetes and kidney stone disease. Wind laxative (carminativa) contains mint like Scent.
11.It helps In healing boil
Health Benefits of Scent leaves could help the boil, To ripen boils, you can take advantage of Scent leaves. Use Scent leaves to taste, squeeze together with the oil then put on to a boil.
12.It’s Healthy for the heart
Scent leaves helps to prevent disease and heart problems. Every 100 grams of fresh Scent leaves have 33 grams of protein. In addition to protein, Scent leaves also contains magnesium which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase blood circulation. The benefits of Scent to help stabilize blood is blood circulation.
13.It Helps To improve sight and eliminate mouth odour
Scent is very rich in vitamin A. As we know vitamin A can cope with various types of eye infections, conjunctivitis, eye soothing stress and also for the prevention of night blindness and other vision problems. In addition Scent leaves can also be used to eliminate bad breath.
14. Serves as Anti-Inflammatory
Scent leave has anti-inflammatory properties in it. These herbs help to treat arthritis. Scent also contains calcium that can help increase bone density and prevent diseases of the bone such as osteoporosis.
15. Has Cosmetic Fragrances
Crushed Scent leaves of fragrant essential oils that can be used as a fragrance cosmetic and horticultural crops decoy fruit flies. Scent leaves essential oil containing methyl eugenol, cineole, linalool and terpineol.
16.Helps to promotes Fertility
Scent leaves was not only useful as part of the fresh vegetables that can be deliciously eaten with chilli sauce and chicken or fried fish, but Scent leaves also has benefits for male and female sexual organs. The compounds in Scent leaves can overcome the problem of premature ejaculation in men. The content epigenin fenkhona and eugenol in Scent can facilitate erection. Additionally, arginine substances contained in the Scent can strengthen sperm vitality and prevent infertility
17. High in Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus
Scent leaves vegetables is rich in protein and vitamin A. Each 100 grams of Scent leaves contains vitamin A. Scent leaves vegetables contain lots of minerals calcium and phosphorus as many as 45 and 75 mg per 100 grams of Scent leaves.
18.It Help to reduces re-current vagina infection
It is rich in aneroid and boron compounds, capable of inducing the hormone estrogen. It’s Eugenol compound is also able to kill the fungus that causes vaginal discharge. In addition stigma asteroid substances in the Scent may stimulate the egg maturation. Tannin and zinc reduce the secretion of vaginal fluid, there is also a substance called tryptophan that delays menopause.
19. Contains Anti fungal Properties
There are two reasons scent leaves can be anti-fungal: The extraction from the leaves contains anti-fungal properties because of the essential oils present in the leaves which contains anti-fungal, antiseptics and antibacterial properties too.
20.Aids Oral Hygiene
The stem of scent leaf when used as chewing stick kills bacteria in the mouth and help fight off bad breath. It is also able to prevent tooth decay. Tea made from the leaves of scent leaf can be taken as a tonic or used as a gargle to treat sore throat.
It can be used to treat oral infections such as bad breath and to also prevent tooth decay. For those having mouth smell: Bite scent leaf before anything else and late in the night before bed. Scent leaf is known for its ability to kill bacteria in the mouth and help fight off bad breath. The anti-microbial properties make it useful for the treatment of oral infections, mouth odour, tooth decay, fungal infections and bad breath.
21.Promotes hair growth
Hair loss is one of the most feared side effects of cancer chemotherapy. Investigations by Orafidiya et al., showed the efficacy of the leaf essential oil of scent leaves (Ocimum oil) in promoting hair growth and follicular proliferation in cyclophosphamide-induced hair loss.
Squeezed scent leaves can be applied on the skin directly for the treatment of ringworm and skin diseases.
How to Preserve Scent leaf:
You can preserve scent leaf in a variety of ways like:
1. Place scent leaf 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.