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  • Life - Health & Wellness
  • Updated: February 16, 2024

Ten best health benefits of scent leaf

Ten best health benefits of scent leaf

Scent leaf, botanically known as Ocimum gratissimum, is a tropical plant species from the Labiatae family. 

Because of its distinct aromatic flavour, this home-grown shrub is primarily utilised as a spice in culinary dishes. Ocimum gratissimum is a species of Ocimum that goes by the names clove basil, African basil, and wild basil in Hawaii.

It is native to Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia, and the Bismarck Archipelago, with naturalisation in Polynesia, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, the West Indies, Brazil, and Bolivia.

Scent leaves have antibacterial effects against S. aureus, Salmonella enteritidis, and E. coli. It also prevents the growth of Penicillium notatum, Candida albicans, and Microsporum gypsum. 

It also serves as a larvicide, killing houseflies, mosquitos, and other insects.

Each Nigerian tribe has its name for the scent leaf: the Ibibio call it Ntonng, the Yoruba call it Efinrin, the Hausa call it Daidoya, and the Igbos call it Nchanwu.

However, it is important to note that while scent leaf offers several health benefits, it is always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before using it for any specific medical condition.

With that being said, let's explore ten health benefits of the scent leaf: 

 

1. Digestive Health

Scent leaf contains compounds that can help improve digestion and relieve symptoms of indigestion, bloating, and flatulence.

 

2. Respiratory Health

The essential oils present in scent leaf have antimicrobial properties, which can help relieve respiratory issues such as cough, cold, and congestion.

 

3. Anti-inflammatory Properties

Scent leaf has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation in the body, making it useful for conditions like arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

 

4. Antioxidant Activity

The high concentration of antioxidants in scent leaf helps protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.

 

5. Diabetes Management

Scent leaf has been found to have hypoglycemic properties, meaning it can help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in individuals with diabetes.

 

6. Skin Health

When applied topically, scent leaf can help treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and fungal infections due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

 

7. Boosts Immunity

Scent leaf contains vitamins and minerals that can strengthen the immune system, helping to prevent illnesses and infections.

 

8. Pain Relief

The analgesic properties of scent leaf can provide relief from headaches, body aches, and menstrual cramps.

 

9. Stress Reduction

The aroma of scent leaf has a calming effect on the mind and can help reduce stress, and anxiety, and promote relaxation.

 

10. Oral Health

Chewing on scent leaf can help freshen your breath and also provide relief from toothaches and gum infections due to its antimicrobial properties.

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