Scent leaves is a homegrown plant , it’s botanical name ocimum gratissimum and locally called Efinrin by Yorubas , nchanwu leaf by igbos and daidoya by hausas. This sweet-smelling leaf is used mainly as a spice due to its aromatic taste and the flavor it adds to meals. It’s enriched with calcium, phosphorus, carbon, iron and vitamin A. it has a distinctive smell and taste. You can make use of scent leaves anyway, you can squeeze out the water and drink, and it can also be used to make soup to be eaten.
Here are some health benefits of scent leaves.
1 Aids digestion
Scent leaves can help cool down the stomach. When you squeeze out the juice in it and drink, it treats digestive problems and relieve you almost immediately
- Cures diarrhea
Drinking the squeezed juice from scent leaves will stop stooling. To get the best you can add salt or lime which gives you a better taste and also ease the unnecessary bowel movement you are experiencing.
3.It can cure malaria
If you want to make use of scent leaves to cure malaria, use it to make tea and drink it while it’s warm. Scent leaves contain an effective antipyretic substance to reduce fever and cure malaria.
- Lowers blood sugar
Scent leave protect the pancreas cells that produce insulin from damaging and through this may lower blood sugar; it is very good for those suffering diabetes.
- Reduce cholesterol
If you want to reduce the amount of cholesterol that has gathered up in the body, research has shown that regularly taking the scent leave juice will help a lot in doing this.
- Relieve heartburn
Drinking scent leaves tea is very useful for curing heartburn as it cleanses and boost the heart. It helps in taking care of respiratory problems.
- It facilitates milk production
Nursing mothers who have low milk production should include scent leaves in their daily meals in order to stimulate more milk production.
8.It improves the health of the eyes and mouth
Due to its high vitamin A content, scent leaves when it’s consumed regularly can cure a whole lot of eye infections like conjunctivitis prevent night blindness and any other vision problems. Juice extracted from scent leaves can be used as a mouthwash in eliminating bad breath.
- Cures Cough
Squeeze the scent leaves to remove juice. Take the extracted liquid and brew it with hot water. After that you can drink it. Drinking extracted Scent leaves water regularly, will reduce your cough gradually.