Ocimum canum

Family Name: 
Local Name: 
Eme, Akokobesa, Akokomesa
Uses As Per Literature: 

It is useful in treating various types of diseases and in lowering blood glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes levels. The herb can be used to treat colds, fevers, parasitic infestations on the body and inflammation of joints and headaches. The traditional medicine recognized its value in the treatment of fevers, dysentary and tooth problems. It was used as an insect repellent to counter the insect damages post harvest. It is used in various types of religious functions as part of rituals and as incense to protect the home. The leaves are used for flavoring purposes. The oil of the ocimum canum is composed of Linalool. The seeds may provide dietary fiber or reduce constipation.

Source: Agro products 2013

Traditional Uses: 

Food: The leaves are used as a seasoning in stews and soups.
Medicine: Leaves are used to treat a number of ailments such as convulsion, fever, uticaria rush and asthma.


Plant Category: 
Forest Foods and Medicinal Plants
Disease Treated: 
  • Convulsion
  • Fever
  • Urticaria Rush
  • Asthma
Food Category: 
Spices and Condiments