Hello guys, I want to share with you today, some of the amazing health benefits of scent leaves that will amaze you. I remember some years back, as kids, each time any of us complained of stomach ache, my parents, especially my mother would go to the garden, pluck some scent leaves, squeeze out the juice, add some water, and give us to drink.
Or each time any of the kids had a cut on the body, after cleaning the wound, they will be wrapped with a scent leaf for fast healing.
Also, scent leaf was the most common leaf used to prepare pepper soup for cold, flu and malaria. What do you know about yam, read these amazing health benefits of eating yam and what you need to know about it.
All these things were done because of the wealth of medicinal value that scent leaf has. It has been used for centuries by our forefathers to treat many ailments, and scientific research/experiments have confirmed that indeed scent leaf has a lot to offer the human body.
Scent leaf is known as nchuanwu in Igbo, efirin in Yoruba and daidoya in Hausa. This article will discuss four amazing things this wonderful leaf does for the body.
Herein are the amazing health benefits of scent leaves:
1. Cures diarrhea
This is one of the most popular uses of scent leaf, its ability to cure diarrhea completely.
Scientific research has shown that the juice of scent leaves contain essential oils that fight against bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, E. Coli, Salmonella and Shigella which are the main causes of diarrhea. So, each time you have diarrhea and drink the juice, it fights any of these bacteria that caused the diarrhea.
2. Lowers blood sugar
This is another popular and important benefit of eating scent leaf. It is used majorly by diabetic patients to significantly reduce their blood sugar level, to protect the pancreas and to stimulate the pancreas to produce adequate insulin.
This can be done by squeezing out the juice and drinking just once in a day. It should be drank regularly for good result.
3. Health benefits of scent leaves: Good for eyes
It contains a significant amount of vitamin A which is the vitamin that is responsible for healthy eyes and healthy eyesight.
When there is not enough vitamin A in the body, it affects the eyes and can lead to a medical condition where the eyes cannot produce tears. This condition is known as exophthalmia.
That means that it is important to cook regularly with scent leaf so that there would be sufficient vitamin A in the body to keep the eyes healthy.
4. Keeps the heart healthy.
It does this by lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL) that would affect the heart and increasing the good cholesterol (HDL). It is the good cholesterol that keeps the arteries of the heart from clogging up with fat. When the arteries are clogged with fat, it could lead to high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol levels etc.
5. Repels Insects and mosquitoes
Scent leaves contain compounds like camphor, cineole, and limonene which are larvicidal and so are harmful to mosquitoes or insects. The leaves can be potted and left in residential quarters to serve as a repellent for houseflies, mosquitoes, and other insects.
This has a double role given that by reducing the population of mosquitoes and houseflies in residences, the incidences of malaria and enteric diseases (caused by houseflies) are both reduced.
6. Health benefits of scent leaves: Treats fungal infections
Studies have shown scent leaves to have antifungal activity against Penicillium chrysogenum (also known as Penicillium notatum), Candida albicans, and Microsporeum gyseum. Chloroform extracts from the leaves showed great antifungal activity against the fungal species mentioned. Thus, scent leaves when crushed and smeared on skin infections, help in its treatment.
8. Contains anti-Inflammatory properties
Scent leaves have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties akin to drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen but are kinder to the inner linings of the stomach. Decoction made from leaves of O. gratissimum is useful for healing menstrual pain, stomach ache, earache, and fever.
9. Treats respiratory disorders
Aqueous extracts of scent leaves have demonstrated effects on markers of inflammation, including interleukins, protein kinesis, and leukocytes/eosinophils in models of respiratory allergy (in vitro experiments evaluating effects on airway epithelial cells, in vivo studies in rodents) and thus can be used in managing respiratory problems.
10. Promotes oral hygiene
The stem of scent leaf when used as chewing stick kills bacteria in the mouth and help fight off bad breath. It is also able to prevent tooth decay. Tea made from the leaves of scent leaf can be taken as a tonic or used as a gargle to treat sore throat. Don’t miss reading these Health Benefits of Melon Seeds that you might not have known.
Conclusively, scent leaf can be added to soups, stews, sauces, used to cook jollof rice etc. It is the regular consumption and usage of the vegetable that brings about all these wonderful health benefits. It is very affordable and sold in the local markets.
It can also be planted in the backyard or planted in a medium sized bucket and kept in front of the house for adequate sunlight.