As food – The leaves are added sparingly to mutton and fish curries to mask the strong smell. It is added to beer for additional flavor. The leaves are also eaten raw with bread and butter.
As medicine – The leaves are uses to treat sore throats, cough, asthma, insomnia, viral conditions, indigestion, stomach cramps, convulsions, burns, headache, sores and insect bites. It is also taken as a liver tonic.
Other uses – They are sometimes rubbed on hair and clothes for the fragrance.