Scent leave (Basil) belongs to the family of Lameacea, another name for scent leaf is Ocimum gratissimum or scent leaf as the name implies. It is called Nchawun in Igbo, daidoya in the northern area and Effirin in Yoruba. It can be used as spice for stew and soup due to its aroma, some people will not enjoy stew if scent leave is absent. Scent leave can be found in most gardens and at times it comes as a weed.
Scent leaves contains the following phytochemicals and nutrients
- Cardiac glycosides
- Vitamin A
Scent leaf has many health benefits and this has made it very useful herb, below are the health benefits.
1. It is used for treatment of fever and malaria
Scent leave have antipyretic effect, antipyretic is a substance that is contained in scent leaf that makes it possible for it to cure fever associated with malaria. The way to take it is to drink it as tea when its warm, this is so that it can work effectively in the body.
2. It is used for treatment of sore throat
Basil or scent leaf is very effective in curing sore throat. The basic method for medication is to use it in hot water or warm and drink it. In no time the sore throat will disappear.
3. It reduces inflammation
Scent leave has anti-inflammatory properties hence it serves a great deal to cure inflammation’s. These herbs help to treat arthritis that is usually associated with inflammations. Scent also contains calcium that can help increase bone density and prevent diseases of the bone such as osteoporosis.
4. It is used for treatment of Cough
Basil or scent leaf has the capacity to treat cough in a very quick time. The scent leaf has a juice in it when it
is squeezed thoroughly, and when the juice is finally out, it is advised to use it with a warm water. Drinking the therapy daily will reduce and cure the cough with time.
5. It improves digestion
Drink brewing scent leaves as tea able to treat digestive problems such as diarrhea, mules, such as in the stomach and others. The content of the essence in the Scent leaves have a calming effect and cools the stomach.
6. It Lowers blood sugar
Scent leaf are also able to prevent cancer and reduce cholesterol. In diabetes mellitus, scent leave may lower blood sugar levels and protect the pancreas cells that produce insulin from damage. Randomized study in 1996 showed a decrease in blood sugar levels after eating are significant in type 2 diabetes patients. According to a study conducted on mice, the content of ethanol in mint efficacious lowering blood sugar levels. Another finding was awesome, that Scent able to protect body tissue from damage caused by radiation.
7. It has both antibacterial and antifungal properties.
The content that contained in the leaves of Scent effective for killing germs. The gotten extracts from leaves of scent contain anti-fungal properties because the scent of essential oils present in leaves contains anti-fungal, and it is contain antiseptics beside contains antibacterial properties too.You should take 15 slice of Scent leaves, boiled in two cups boiling water into the remaining one cup. Use boiled water for antiseptic.
8. It serves as a mosquito and insect repellent
Essential oils from all Ocimum species have both insect and mosquito repellent powers. These are because of some compounds like camphor, limonene, myrcene, caryophyllene oxide, cineole, methyl eugenol and others that are present in the plant during gas chromatographic analysis. The fragrant aroma of these chemicals are not freindly to mosquitoes or insects. So if you want to repel mosquitoes or flies, keep the Scent leaves in a pot in the house.
9. It reduces nicotine effects
Scent leaves helps to eliminate and repair the damages caused by smoking. Smokers should ensure consumption of scent leaves.
10. It improves healthy heart
Especially for adults, Scent leaves helps to prevent disease and heart problems. Every 100 grams of fresh Scent leaves have 33 grams of protein. In addition to protein, scent leaves also contains magnesium which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase blood circulation. The benefits of scent leaves helps to stabilize blood is blood circulation.
11. It maintains the health of the eyes and mouth
Scent leave is very rich in vitamin A which is effective in treatment of eye infections, conjunctivitis, eye soothing stress and also for the prevention of night blindness and other vision problems. In addition scent leaves also can be used to eliminate bad breath.
12. It is effective in Male Fertility problems
Beside scent leaves being useful as part of the fresh vegetables eaten with chilli sauce and chicken or fried fish, it also has benefits for male sexual organs. Men with premature ejaculation should consume scent leaves because the chemical compounds in it help can overcome the problem of premature ejaculation. The content epigenin and eugenol in scent leaves can facilitate erection. Additionally, arginine substances contained in the Scent can strengthen sperm vitality and prevent infertility.
13. It is important for Women’s reproductive health
Scent leaves is rich in anetol and boron compounds, capable of inducing the hormone estrogen thereby maintaining hormonal balance in women with abnormality. Also, stigmaasterol substances in the scent leaves may stimulate the egg maturation leading to ovulation hence it will be useful for anovulatory women. It’s Eugenol compound is also able to kill the fungus that causes vaginal discharge in cases of candiasis.
Excessive consumption of scent leaves could lead to undesirable effect, addition of scent leaves in moderate quantities to diet is the goal!