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Health Education: 19 Medicinal Values of Scent Leaf

A review by our health desk

Scent leaves have a distinctive fragrance and taste. Some of its species can make people become drunk when smelt. Pharmacological test results have found that Scent leave is highly medicinal.

Health Education: 19 Medicinal Values of Scent LeafIts botanical name is Ocimum Gratissimum. The Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria call it Nchanwu, while the Yoruba in Western Nigeria call it Efirin, 

Below are the many medicinal values of the scent leave.

  1. Cough and phlegm laxative

Obtained by squeezing the leaves to obtain the fluid (or an extract of leaves of Scent).Then take the extract and brew it with hot water.

Drinking extracts of Scent leaves water regularly, will make your cough to subside gradually.

  1. Treatment of Malaria fever

Scent leaves contain an effective antipyretic substance that can reduce fever and cure malaria. To get this benefit, you can brew Scent leaves as tea, if you are a tea drinker. Drink it while still warm.

  1. Treatment of indigestion

Drinking brewed scent leaves as tea, is able to treat digestive problems such as diarrhea, mules in the stomach and others. The content of the essence in the Scent Leaves have calming effect and cools the stomach.

  1. Lowering blood sugar

These plants are also able to prevent cancer and reduce cholesterol. In diabetes mellitus, especially non-insulin dependent (NID diabetes), Scent 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 consumption of significant dose of scent leaves by NID-DM patients. According to research conducted on mice, the content of ethanol in the leaves is efficacious in lowering blood sugar levels.

  1. Relieving heartburn

Scent leaves tea is useful for curing heartburn, coughing, feeling unwell, menstrual pain, fever, malaria, respiratory problems and constipation. It is also an appetite enhancer, cures nausea, good for postpartum treatments. A good cleanser and equally boosts the performance of the heart.

  1. Killing bacteria (antiseptic)

The nutrients contained in scent leave is effective for killing germs. You should take two cups of scent leaves in boiled water for this purpose.

  1. Facilitates human milk production

If you have problem with milk production as a nursing mother, eat Scent leaves to stimulate milk production. Take twenty grams of Scent leaves, and use as fresh vegetables when eating.

  1. Getting rid of flies and mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and flies are averse to the fragrance of Scent. So if you want to repel mosquitoes or flies, keep the Scent leaves in a pot in the house.

  1. Reducing effects of nicotine

Scent leaves help eliminate and repair the damage caused by smoking. Hence healthy consumption of scent leaves by smokers, is highly recommended.

  1. Treating of boils

Scent leaves could be used treat boils, as it help to ripen boils, when squeezed together with oil then put on the boils on the body.

  1. Gastroenteritis

As anti-inflammatory, Scent leave has the same effectiveness as aspirin and ibuprofen.  It also does not irritate the stomach.

 12    Healthy for the 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 also contains magnesium which helps reduce bad cholesterol and increase blood circulation. Helps stabilize blood circulation.

  1. Maintain the health of the eyes and mouth

Scent leave is very rich in vitamin A. As we know vitamin A can deal with various types of eye infections, conjunctivitis, soothing eye 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.

14    Anti-Inflammatory

Scent plant has anti-inflammatory properties in it. These herbs help to treat arthritis. Scent also contains calcium that can help increase bone density and prevent diseases of the bone such as osteoporosis.

15    Cosmetic Fragrances

Crushed Scent leaves produces fragrance good for essential oils that can be used as cosmetics. The essential oil contains methyl eugenol, eugenol, cineol, linalol and terpineol.

16    Dealing with infertility

Scent leaves is not only useful as part of the fresh vegetables that are delicious when eaten with chilli sauce and chicken or fried fish, but Scent leave is also beneficial for male and female sexual organs. The compounds in Scent can deal with the problem of premature ejaculation in men. The presence of epigenin fenkhona and eugenol in Scent can facilitate erection. Additionally, arginine substances contained in the Scent leaves can strengthen sperm vitality and prevent infertility.

17    High in Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus

Scent leave is rich in vitamin A. Each 100 grams of Scent leaves contains vitamin A- SI 5000 plus, Scent leaves also contain lots of minerals calcium and phosphorus, as many as 45 and 75 mg per 100 grams of Scent leaves.

18    Women’s reproductive health

It also helps the reproductive health of women. Scent leave is rich in anetol and boron compounds, capable of inducing the hormone estrogen. It’s Eugenol compound is also able to kill the fungus that causes vaginal discharge. In addition stigmaasterol substances in the Scent may stimulate the egg maturation. Tannin and zinc reduce the secretion of vaginal fluid, there is also a substance called tryptophan that can delay menopause

19     Antifungal

The extracts from the leaves of scent contain anti-fungal properties because the scent of essential oils present in leaves contains anti-fungal elements, and it is contain antiseptics beside too.


Essential oils of Scent leaves can be used for aroma therapy massage, because the essential oils of Scent can relieve and refresh the body. However, pregnant women are prohibited from using it because it feared that it could cause a miscarriage.

However, essential oils can be used as a mixture of various manufacturing of drugs and body treatments such as soap, essence perfumes, body lotions, ointments, lozenges, as well as aromatherapy oils.

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