Hello guys, welcome to Efogator Health; today, I will be sharing with you some of the amazing health benefits of scent leaves that you might not have known. Scent leaves have a distinctive smell and taste, sometimes unpleasant, fragrant or sweet, depending on the way of cultivation. Some of them even can make people who smell it begin to behave funny. Let me therefore share with you the amazing health benefits of scent leaves you might not have know. You won’t want to miss reading 11 Proven health benefits of garden egg
It was pharmacologically discovered that Scent leaves has antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aurous, Salmonella enteritidis and Escherichia coli.
Scent leaves also have antifungal activity against Penicillium notatum, Candida albicans, and Microsporeum gypsum. Larvicide is very active against houseflies and mosquitoes, and other insects.
The Scent leaves have fragrant smelling and this is a medicinal plant. The shape is branched at the top, with a height of about 50 -80 cm. compared to other similar Scent or even a single species, only Scent has a pale green color (there are also purple). Often we find them growing wild by the roadside. There were also planted in the yard and in the garden.
There are various other diseases that could be faced Scent. In Chinese pharmacology stated that throughout this herb can stimulate absorption (absorption), laxative sweat (diaphoretic), urine (diuretic), and pain relief (analgesic), blood circulation and cleanse toxins.
The portions of the Scent can be used as a treatment that is the whole herbs (leaves, stalks, stems, and flowers), seeds and essential oils. Scent seeds, in addition to deliciously made drinks are healthy.
Below are 10 health and nutritional benefits of scent leaves:
1. 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.
2. Heals wound
Scent leaf is widely used in the dressing of neonatal umbilical cord and wounds as it is believed to keep the baby’s umbilical cord and wound surfaces sterile. The wound healing effects of scent leaf may be attributed to its ability to increase vascular permeability.
Formulations of the leaf essential oil of O. gratissimum (Ocimum oil) have been incorporated in a variety of bases as topical antiseptics and for use in the treatment of boils and pimples.
3. Enhances digestion
Scent leaves can help relieve bloating and also help digest meals on time. Brewed scent leaves can have a calming effect on the stomach and help with bowel evacuation. Drinking scent leaves tea also relieves heartburn.
4. Lowers blood sugar level
Scent leaves have an unprecedented ability to lower blood sugar and protect the pancreatic islets that produce insulin from damage. A research study conducted on mice showed that scent leaves were efficacious in lowering blood sugar levels.
Another randomized study equally showed a decrease in blood sugar levels in Non-Insulin Dependent (NID) Diabetes Mellitus patients after eating significant amounts of scent leaves.
5. 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.
7. Treats Diarrhea
Ethanol and hot water (100oC) extracts of scent leaves have been extensively demonstrated to be effective against some pathogenic bacteria known to cause diarrhea including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Shigella sp. and Salmonella sp. It is thus conceivable that scent leaves can be brewed as tea to treat cases of diarrhea caused by the above organisms.
Also, the use of scent leaves in the control of diarrhea can be attributed to the relaxant action of the essential oil of O. gratissimum which is likely to be due to a direct effect on the smooth muscle of the ileum rather than an indirect action on neurotransmitter release.
8. Treats respiratory disorders
Aqueous extracts of scent leaves have demonstrated effects on markers of inflammation, including interleukins, protein kinases, 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.
Scent leaves are squeezed between the palms and sniffed with the nose as a treatment for blocked nostrils.
9. Maintains the eyes
Scent leaf is rich in Vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight. Vitamin A is needed by the retina of the eyes in the form of retinal which combines with protein opsin to form rhodopsin, the light-absorbing molecule which is ultimately necessary for both scotopic vision (low-light) and color vision.
The deficiency of vitamin A can be terrible for the eyes leading to xerophthalmia (a medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears) and night blindness both of which are preventable when adequate amounts of scent leaves are consumed.
Excess intake of vitamin A and by extension, the scent leaves, by pregnant women can lead to birth defects and is not recommended. Also, Information regarding safety and efficacy in lactation is lacking.
10. Enhances heart health
Scent leaves contain calcium and magnesium, both of which help to reduce bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) and increase blood circulation. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterols increase the risk of Coronary Artery Disease in adults and so the intake of scent leaves can reduce this ever-present risk.
Heart and artery problems resulting from the clogging of arteries are nearly preventable if adequate amounts of scent leaves are consumed.