African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
Also known as Efirin, Nchanwu. A herb mostly used for peppersoup because it is believed to have a wonderful effect on the stomach and most especially for nursing mothers.
Studies show that the extracts of nchanwu plant (O. gratissimum) contain anti-fungal properties.
~ The scent leaf can be used in the treatment of cough and catarrh when inhaled.
~ Scent leaf can be infused and used as a remedy for stomach disorder such as gastroenteritis.
~ Can be used to treat stomach pain, diarrhoea, cholera, chronic dysentery and vomiting especially if blended and infused together with the leaves of P. sentalinoides.
~ Leaves can also act as a repellent to mosquitoes and other insects.
~ The leaves can be used for preventing and treating malaria, catarrh, cough and fever.
~ The essential oil of scent leaf contains eugenol, which has antibacterial properties.Continue reading