Basil is commonly known as Scent Leaf in Africa.
Scent leaf with the botanical name Ocimum gratissimum, is an aromatic herb that has been introduced extensively across tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
Scent leaf is native to Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, Madagascar, Southern Asia, and the Bismarck Archipelago. It has been naturalized in countries such as Polynesia, Hawaii, Brazil, Panama, the West Indies, and Mexico. The plant is normally a perennial homegrown shrub, although it can be found in the wild, and is used mainly as a spice for cooking delicacies due to its aromatic taste.
It is easy to classify this plant as just another sweet-smelling plant but it is more than just that. The scent leaf plant boasts a lot of antibacterial, antifungal, larvicidal, and antipyretic activities that gives it a prominent role in the treatment and prevention of diseases and infections.
Scent Leaves contain vital bioactive substances which confer it with the above-mentioned activities including; tannins, phenols, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, and more, all of which are essential for human health.
Here are 15 amazing benefits of scent leaf;
1. Maintenance of the eyes.
2. Improves heart function.
3. Aids digestion.
4. Lowers blood sugar.
5. Insect and mosquito repellent.
6. Treatment of fungal infections.
7. Treatment of Diarrhea.
8. Anti-Inflammatory properties.
9. Treatment of respiratory disorders.
10. Promotes oral hygiene.
11. Wound healing activity.
12. Promotes normal hair growth.
13. Reproductive health.
14. Food preservatives.
15. Source of aromatics and Oils.
Thus, adding scent leaves or basil to your food menus is an additional benefit to health and unique taste