The health benefits of scent leaf cannot be over-emphasized.
Scent leaf is a homegrown plant, it’s botanical name ocimum gratissimum and locally called Efinrin by Yorubas, daidoya by Hausas and nchawu by Igbos.
This sweet-smelling leaf is used mainly as a spice due to its aromatic taste and the flavor that 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 in anyway, you can squeeze out the water and drink, it can also be used to make soup to be eaten and it can be used as vegetable.
Here are some health benefits of scent leaf:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It Improves The Health Of The Eyes And Mouth:
Due to its high vitamin A content, scent leaf when consumed regularly can cure a whole lot of eye infections like conjunctivitis, prevent night blindness and any other vision problems. Also, Juice extracted from scent leaf can be used as a mouthwash in eliminating bad breath.