Scent leaf is a tropical plant species that belongs to the family of Labiatae.


It is popularly known as efirin in Yoruba language, the Igbos call it nchanwu leaf while in Hausa language, it is called daidoya.

Scent leaves are high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, carbon and vitamins A and K.

Here are 5 of its health benefits.


Aids digestion

Juice gotten from the leaves can be used to aid digestion, treat stomach ache, diarrhoea, chronic dysentery and vomiting.

Treatment of malaria


Scent leaves contain an effective antipyretic substance that reduces fever and cures malaria.

Aids blood clotting

Scent leaves are rich in vitamin K which is an important nutrient required for blood clotting.

Food preservative


Oil gotten from the leaves can be used as a food preservative due to its anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.

Condiment and spices

Scent leaves are commonly used in cooking due to their minty aromatic flavour. They are mainly used as a major ingredient in making pepper soup.


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