Scent Leaf (Ocimum gratissimum)






Being cultivated in Nigeria and used by different tribes. Scent leaf, also called Nnchanwu by the Igbos; Efinrin by the Yorubas and Daidoya by the Hausas is a wonderful plant, known for its peculiar odour, is being used for nutritional and medicinal benefits.

This plant is vastly recognised and valued in Nigeria due to its numerous medicinal uses and benefits. Here, we discuss few of the numerous benefits of scent leaf

No part of this plant is useless as all parts are being used for various purposes


The juice gotten from squeezing its leaf can be used to cure several stomach related illnesses like cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery and vomiting.

Scent leaves due to its aromatic nature, can be used to spice up various kinds of soup (pepper soup inclusive) and other delicious meals like yam porridge.
The stick of this leaf is being used by some people as a local chewing stick.
Scent leaves can also be used in the prevention and treatment of malaria, cough, catarrh and fever.
The juice extract gotten from squeezing scent leaves can be used to treat convulsion.
The essential oil of this leaf contains eugenol, thus having antibacterial properties.
Mashed scent leaves are also used in treating skin diseases such as ring worms.
When left to dry and burnt, this leaves could serve as a mosquito repellent
Scent leaves or Nnchanwu is also used for treating gout and fungal infections.
Scent leaves can also be used in treating aches and reliefs from colon pains.

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