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How to Use Scent Leaves for Fertility in Nigeria

Scent leaf or African basil leaf has a striking aroma and flavor commonly used to give flavor to meals, but that’s not all about the leaf. scent leaf has a medical property that can help boost your fertility. We will be exploring these benefits in this piece.

African Basil Leaf

In Nigeria, the leaf is mostly used in the preparation of pepper soup. it is known as Efirin in Yoruba, Nchanwu in Igbo, Daidoya in Hausa and its botanical name is Ocimum Grastissimum. The leaf is a homegrown shrub used for cooking due to its unique aroma. Oils from scent leave perform antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic activities.

Nutritional fact for 100g scent leaf

Potassium: 295mg

protein:  3.2g

Calories: 22

fat: 0.6

Carbs: 2.7g

Sodium: 4mg

The leaves are very rich and contain some calcium, phosphorus, tannin, boron compound, eugenol, zinc, anethol, stigmasterol, iron, potassium, carbon, and Vitamin A.

Common signs of infertility

Infertility often comes up when couples having unprotected sex are not able to conceive within or after a year. some infertility has no obvious symptom. the signs below may indicate infertility.

  • Irregular period cycle
  • abnormally heavy or mild bleeding
  • severe menstrual cramps
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • pelvic pain
  • sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction or low libido)

Scent leaf and fertility

Scent leaf has an effect on both male and female sexual health

  • The plant help men with premature ejaculation
  • it also helps men to solve the problem of sperm motility
  • It promotes faster maturation of the egg and delays menopause.
  • The scent is rich in phytochemicals which studies revealed can improve low sperm count or low sperm can be taken as a tea on a weekly basis.

Read Also: Fertility Foods for Men; Nigerian Foods that Increases Fertility in Male

Scent leaf and conception

having a baby is the dream of many couples but not all are able to achieve this easily. let’s explore the benefits of scent leaf on infertility. conception requires a woman to be fertile.

  • Scent leaves contain metal and boron compounds. it is capable of infusing hormone estrogen
  • It contains Eugenol that is able to kill the fungus causing infection and bad vaginal discharge
  • Stigmasterol substances found in the scent leaf may stimulate egg maturity
  • Its tannin and zinc content reduces the secretion of vaginal fluid.
  • Scent leaf has a substance called tryptophan that can delay menopause.

Also Read: Goron Tula for Fertility; How to Use it to Get Pregnant

Side effects of scent leaf

scent leaf barely has a side effect when taken in food quantity but extract from scent leaf taken as medicine may cause the following:


Although it is unclear how much but scent leaf can cause miscarriage. hence, it should be taken  in very small quantity during pregnancy as it still helps to reduce cramps and headache.

Low blood pressure

Extract from scent leaf could lead to excessive low blood pressure.

And finally, it can slow down blood clotting leading to excessive bleeding

How can scent leaf be used?

  • Scent leaf can be used to cook foods like pepper soup, black soup, Egusi, and rice. you can use it in it fresh or dried state
  • You can juice it by squeezing or brew as a tea for the treatment of various illness
  • Lastly, you can add it to cream or oil to drive away insects.

Take away

The benefit of scent leaf to the general health of man cannot be overemphasized. scent leaf can actually help boost your fertility. however, there is a need to understand the diagnosis in order to choose the right herb for infertility. you will have to visit a doctor if you feel you might be battling infertility. by so doing, you will be sure of exactly what you are treating.

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Coach Amuda

Naturopathic Doctor & Founder, Green Remedies Int’l

Coach Amuda is a Holistic Practitioner and the C.E.O of Green Remedies International, a wellness company that specializes in tackling different health challenges through Natural, Organic, and Holistic Medicines.

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