The Health Benefits Of Scent Leaf
Scent leaf is another wonderful plant that one needs to know about. A tropical plant scientifically known as Ocimum gratissimum. It is a common plant in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.
In Nigeria the Yorubas call it efirin, nchanwu by the Ibos, while the Hausas call it daidoya. This leaf is widely consumed for its pleasant scent and aroma and its underlying health benefits as it contains a lot of nutrients and minerals.
Scent leaves had been used as part of our delicacies for centuries and are gradually gaining more variety of use as people get to know more about its nutritional and health benefits.
It has been known to increase food appetite, relieve stomach upset, reduce blood sugar levels, and many others.
Because of its natural scent and flavor it is preferred as a favorite spice for making goat, chicken, and fish pepper soup. It can be added to other leaves like pumpkin leaf to make black soup.
You can also make out the juice from this leaves by squeezing it in a plate or cup with water (water extract) and after which you can filter and drink. This has been found to help stop stomach upset, stooling, and convulsion.
The Health Benefits of Scent leaf
Natural relief for cough
Taking scent leaf water extract can help you fight against cough. All you need to do is to make the leaf water extract by squeezing it and drink. It will not only take away your cough it will also help boost your immunity.
Regulate blood sugar
The presence of too much sugar in the blood can cause a lot of health problems to the body. It is a major cause of diabetes which has become a common health problem globally.
Taking scent leaves can help prevent or control diabetes as it helps to manage blood sugar levels.
Scent leaf and bitter has been found to help improve insulin action, a hormone responsible for the conversion of excess sugar into glycogen for storage, to be used by the body at a later time.
Help prevent heart problems
Taking scent leaf help to improve your heart health. One of the ways it does this is by helping to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body which has been confirmed to cause some heart problems.
Eating scent leaves can help prevent some common heart disease.
Remedy for indigestion
Adding this leaves to your delicacies helps improves your digestion. It can also help relieve your stomach upset by drinking the juice. If you are suffering from diarrhea and some other stomach problem you can take a glass of scent leaf juice and you will have a great relief.
Reduce smoking effect
Smoking can harm your body because of the nicotine content. Having scent leaf in your delicacies and subsequently taking the juice can help you reduce the negative effect of smoking.
A good mosquito repellant
Mosquito bite is a common problem in Africa as the insect causes malaria. Many insecticides had been made to help control it. It will interest you to know that the smell of scent leaf can also help you control mosquito in your homes.
A simple way to do this is to plant scent leaves around your house. You can also get dry scent leaves and burn them. The smell can help drive the mosquitoes away.
Help prevent tooth decay and mouth odor
Scent leaf is a good treatment for oral infection. It can help you fight against bad breath and tooth decay by killing all the bacteria in your mouth.
Scent leaf sticks can be used as a local chewing stick with good benefits to your oral health.
The Health Benefits Of Scent Leaf