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Efirin, Daidoya, Nchanwu or scent leaf, whose botanical name is Ocimum gratissimum, is a tropical plant species that belongs to the family of Labiatae.
Scent leaf is a common type of plant which has a distinctive smell and taste. It is mostly used for cooking but do you know it has lots of health benefits?
Scent leaves are high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, carbon and vitamin A. The scent leaves have been reported to be rich in plant chemicals.
Here are some of its numerous benefits:
1. It can cure malaria
If you want to make use of scent leaves to cure malaria, use it to make tea and drink it while it’s warm. Scent leaves contain an effective antipyretic substance to reduce fever and cure malaria.
2 Aids digestion
Scent leaves can help cool down the stomach. When you squeeze out the juice in it and drink, it treats digestive problems and relieves you almost immediately.
3. Cures diarrhea and vomiting
Drinking the squeezed juice from scent leaves will stop stooling and vomiting. To get the best you can add salt or lime which gives you a better taste and also ease the unnecessary bowel movement you are experiencing.
4. Lowers blood sugar
Scent leave protect the pancreas cells that produce insulin from damaging and through this may lower blood sugar; it is very good for those suffering diabetes.
5. Reduce cholesterol
If you want to reduce the amount of cholesterol that has gathered up in the body, research has shown that regularly taking the scent leave juice will help a lot in doing this.
6. Relieve heartburn
Drinking scent leaves tea is very useful for curing heartburn as it cleanses and boosts the heart. It helps in taking care of respiratory problems.
7. Cures Cough
Squeeze the scent leaves to remove the juice. Take the extracted liquid and brew it with hot water. After that, you can drink it. Drinking extracted Scent leaves water regularly, will reduce your cough gradually.
8.Used to treat Sexually transmitted Infections
Its seeds can be infused for treating urinary infections, gonorrhea infection, vaginal douches for vaginitis.