Scent leaf, whose botanical name is Ocimum gratissimum, is a tropical plant specie that belongs to the family of Labiatae.
It is usually a homegrown shrub used mainly as spices for cooking, due to its unique aromatic Scent. Scent leaves are high in calcium,phophurus, iron, potassium, carbon and vitamin A . The scent leave has been confirmed to be rich in plant chemicals. Oil from the leaves is antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal.
Amazing Health Benefits of Scent Leaves
Scent leave aids digestion. If you are the type eat late at night, it is likely you will experience indigestion and bloating. Scent leave has immense health beneﬁts such as easy bowel evacuation and weight management.
Scent leave can also 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.
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.
It is used in the treatment of fungal infections, fever, cold and catarrh.Squeezed scent leaves are applied on the skin for treating skin diseases and ringworm.
Nchanwu (scent leaf) oil can be used as food preservative due to its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
Scent leaves can also be used for the prevention and treatment of malaria, catarrh, cough and fever.
The aqueous extracts of the scented leaf can be taken to relieve ear ache and colon pains.
The stick of this leaf is being used by some people as a local chewing stick.
When left to dry and burnt, this leaves could serve as a mosquito repellent.
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).