13 Health Benefits of Scent Leaf You Need To Know
Do you know about the amazing health benefits of scent leaf?
The only thing most of us know how to do most with scent leaf is to prepare pepper soup with it. Well, that’s the only thing I used it for. However, some days ago I decided to make noodles and put in some leftover scent leaf I used the previous day to cook pepper soup.
I love the aroma of scent leaf, so I put the scent leaf when the noodles were almost done so that I can eat the leaf undone. I enjoyed the noodles actually but not until some hours later when I developed running stomach (Ha! What is going on?). I was shocked! The fact that I was bloating before this doesn’t help the matter. However, after going to the restroom like 3 to 4 times, I noticed lots of thing in me. The bloating has reduced as well as the menstrual pain and at the same time, I felt really great. So I had to do some research on scent leaf and know the health benefits of this leaf. It’s a medicinal leaf with lots of health benefits which I will be sharing in details in this article.
What is scent leaf?
Scent leaf is widely used in Nigeria and it is called Efirin in Yoruba, Daidoya in Hausa and the Igbos called it Ncho-Anwu. It is botanically known as Ocimum gratissimum (Clove Basil). This leaf is an aromatic herb and particularly used in West Africa as a culinary herb.
Scent Leaves contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties which are essentials for human health.
Health Benefits of Scent Leaf
1. Scent Leaf Aids Digestion
Taking the juice extracted from scent leaf can relieve bloating. Eating late at night is not encouraged because it may lead to bloating and indigestion. Drinking half cup of scent leaf juice can help digest meal on time and also help with bowel evacuation.
How to prepare:
- Blend some amount of scent leaves with a glass cup of water using a blender
- Then strain the juice from the blender.
- Take half glass of cup when you experience bloating or indigestion
- Drinking the juice also relieves heartburn.
2. Treats Bad Breadth
It’s time to get rid of that smelly mouth. Scent leaf contains antibacterial properties which have the ability to fight off the bacteria in the mouth and help remove bad breath. Also, it is also a good remedy in preventing toothache and tooth decay.
How to use:
Chew the stem of the leaf in order to remove bad breath or to prevent toothache. The oil from the leaves can also cure catarrh and cough.
3. Improves Eyesight
The vitamin A in scent leaf promotes good eyesight. Vitamin A can help with various kind of eye infections, eye-soothing stress, night blindness and colour vision. Deficiency in vitamin A could lead to serious health conditions in which can be prevented by taking scent leaf juice.
4. Reduce Blood Sugar
Scent leave has amazing benefits in reducing blood sugar and prevent damage to the pancreas. It has the ability to reduce blood sugar level in the body. Effective use of it can give great results.
5. It Promotes fertility
Scent leaf is rich in amino acid that helps maintain sperm vitality and penile health. It also contains compounds which can help a man treats premature ejaculation. It is a good source of eugenol and other compounds which help facilitate erection.
Moreover, some compounds in scent leaf, like anetol and boron can induce estrogen in women and it is also effective in men to remove the fungus that has been passed through vaginal discharge.
6. Treat Malaria
One of the major health benefits of scent leaf is the ability to treat malaria. It has been used among old folks in Nigeria for ages to treat malaria.
How to use:
- Mix scent leaf and bitter leaf together.
- Put in a bowl and add 2 glasses of water to it.
- Then, squeeze the leaves till all the juice has been extracted from it.
- Strain and pour the juice in a jar.
- Take adequately for better results.
- It is an effective antipyretic substance that reduces fever and cures malaria.
7. Promotes Hair Growth
Scent leaf promotes hair loss. The oil extracted from the leaf when applied to the scalp helps promote hair growth and prevent irritation and itching.
8. Produces Breast Milk
Are you a nursing mother and having issues with breast milk? Adding scent leaf in your diet can stimulate more milk production. Scent leaf; apart from being spicy, it also helps in producing breast milk. Include scent leaf in your daily meals for the effective production of breast milk.
9. Resists Mosquitoes or Insects
Scent leaf contains some compounds like camphor which are harmful to insects or mosquitoes. Moreover, when the leaf is dried, it can be crushed to form a powder and spray in residential areas to serve as powerful insects, housefly and mosquitoes repellant. This method also assists in preventing malaria.
10. Treats Skin Infections
Scent leaf is rich in antifungal properties. These properties help in treating skin infections. Thus, to achieve this crush the leaves and apply to the infected areas. It is an effective remedy for skin diseases and ringworms.
11. It Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Scent leaves contain anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent the various effect of inflammation. It is akin to drugs such as ibuprofen and aspirin. These properties can help in healing stomach pain, earache, fever and menstrual pain.
12. Preserves Foods
Scent leaf contains a high content of antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Due to these properties, scent leaves oil extract can be used as preservatives. The oil has been used as food preservatives to keep bacterial and fungi away to avoid food spoilage. This contributes to more organic and healthier ways to preserve foods.
13. Treats Diarrhea
Scent leaves prevents stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhea. Drinking the extracted scent leaves juice can stop stooling and vomiting.
How to use:
- Get some fresh scent leaves.
- Wash to remove any sand or stone from it.
- Then, squeeze till you extract all the juice from the leaves.
- Add a pinch of salt or lime for better taste.
- Drink immediately. It will ease the urge to vomit and unnecessary bowel movement.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Scent Leaves
Q: Can scent leaf be used during pregnancy?
A: It is not advisable for pregnant women to take scent leaf. Also, excess intake of it could lead to a birth defect.
Q: Can scent leaves be given to babies?
A: Scent leaf is used to dress neonatal umbilical cord and it is to keep the umbilical cord and wound surface area sterile. There are no proven studies to show if it’s good for babies.
Q: Can scent leaf cure jedi jedi (stooling)
A: Yes, scent leaf is good in treating jedi jedi and can also be given to children.