Hello beautiful people, Good morning, i hope we slept soundly. This morning i had to do some transplant at home, then i noticed this scented leave i know to be efirin(Yoruba)… My Mum is very fond of this plant, she does alot with it, then i felt there has to be more to this plant than what mum does with it.. . And i would like to share some of those things i gathered about it.. I present to you OCIMUM GRATISSIMUM.
Species: O. gratissimum
- Binomial nomenclature
- About O. gratissimum
Ocimum gratissimum, also known as
clove basil, African basil,  and in
Hawaii as wild basil,  is a species of
Ocimum . It is native to Africa,
Madagascar , southern Asia, and the
Bismarck Archipelago, and naturalized in Polynesia , Hawaii , Mexico , Panama,
West Indies, Brazil, and Bolivia. 
O. gratissimum is a common culinary herb in West Africa and is used by some in the Caribbean, going by many local names.
Ebe-amwonkho in Edo
Tchayo in Fon
Efinrin in Yoruba
Daidoya in Hausa
Nchuanwu in Igbo
Ntonng in Ibibio
Kunudiri in Okrika
Nunum in Akan
Nunu Bush in Jamaica (from the Akan language)
Yerba di holé in Papiamento
Fobazen in Haiti
- CONSTITUENTS OF SCENT LEAVE/EFIRIN
Photochemical evaluation of this
plant has shown that it is rich in
alkaloid, tannis, phytates,
flavonoids and oligosaccharides.
It has tolerable cyanogenic
content (Ijeh et al., 2004). The
volatile aromatic oil from the leaves consists mainly of thymol
(32-65%) and eugenol; it also
contains xanthones, terpenes
and lactones (C.N. Ezekwesili et al., 2004). Characterization of its
ethanolic extracts revealed the
presence of non – cyclic
(Esvanzhuga, 1986)….credits: EFIRI EBI CHRISTOPHER.
- SOME USES OF OCIMUM GRATISSIMUM
Scent leave can be used to treat stomach ache , diarrhoea , chronic dysentry and vomiting. The aqueos extracts of the scented leaf/efirin can be taken to relief ear ache and colon pains . Scent leaf decoction is used in treatment of mental illness .
It is used in the treatment of fungal infections, fever , cold and catarrh .Squeezed efirin leaves are applied on the skin for treating skin diseases and ringworm.
The aqueous extracts of the scented leaf can be taken to relieve ear ache and colon pains .
Congratulations to those that do have indigestions at night and those who would like to watch their weight, Scent leave aids digestion. If you are the type of person that eats late at night, it is likely you will experience indigestion and bloating . Scent leave has immense health beneﬁts such as easy bowel evacuation and weight management.
Scent leave can be used to treat oral infections. scent leave/efirin will kill all the bacteria in your mouth and also prevent tooth decay and bad breath.
When left to dry and burnt , this leaves could serve as a mosquito repellent . It was very funny the very time i saw my mum used efirin as mosquito repellant, i at first thought it won’t be effective, but to my surprise it was… You can try this too, but make sure you don’t choke yourself up with it.
The stick of this leaf is being used by some people as a local chewing stick . This common among people in the rural area
Yeah! I think i should stop here, there’s more to this plant than i’ve written here you can drill more. Thanks
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