Baging galapok

Benefits of Baging galapok Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Baging galapok is an herbal vine that usually seen clinging on trees. It is a woody leafless vine with a height of 10 meters or more. By simply twisting the terminal vine’s outer bark, it can easily be separated from the center part. However, a sticky sap will be emanated whenever the vines were cut. This vine is commonly found in secondary forest in Quezon area here in Philippines. Unlike any other herbal plants, this vine is not famous. Nevertheless, this is still considered as herbal plant. In fact, the bark of Baging galapok is used in a concoction for wound healing and it can also prevent scarring – pulverized and mixed with dried langka leaves and a small amount of coconut oil. Read More


\ Benefits of Balatong Image by Sanjay Acharya / CC BY-SA 3.0 Balatong also known as Phaseolus aureus Roxb (scientific name) are cultivated throughout the Philippines. These are not a native of the Archipelago and scarcely naturalized. It may grow in India to China and Malaya, in cultivation. Seeds of this plant are considered tonic, aperient, antiscorbutic.It is a good source of protein, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, dietary fiber and manganese. It is perfect for cardio-vascular health. Balatong’s fiber and folate helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Read More


Benefits of Banag Image by Lumbar / CC BY-SA 3.0 Banag also known as Smilax bracteata Presl. are mostly found in thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes in Benguet, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Rizal, Bataan, Laguna and Quezon Provinces in Luzon. The plant properties are depurative and emmenagogue. In the Visayas, decoction of fresh or dry rhizomes used as emmenagogue. Decoction of rhizomes and roots used as depurative, rheumatism. Decoction of roots or bark used by the Higanon tribe in Mindanao to relieve and prevent muscle pains or over fatigue in women after childbirth. Read More


Benefits of A las doce Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 It is also known as “Puso-pusoan” in Tagalog and “Tambal-balanding” in Zambales. It has a scientific name Aristolochia philippinensis. The root is the part which is frequently used in medicinal activities. In Philippines, the decoction of roots is usually used by Filipinos to relieve stomachache and promote menstruation. It is said to be stomachic which can promote appetite or assists digestions. Also, it is effective to stimulate or increase menstrual flow due to its property, emmenagogue. Read More Benefits of A las doce Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name hibiscus cannabis, and various English names such as Bastard Jute, Brown Indian Hemp, Hemp Hibiscus, Roselle Hemp, Hibiscus Hemp, Thorny Mallow, And Wild Stockrose, a las doce’s flower are hermaphrodite (develop both male and female flower) which can be pollinated by insects or be self-fertile. Its main uses include antibilious, aphrodisiac, poultice, and purgative. The juice from its flowers mixed with sugar and black pepper is used to treat biliousness with acidity. Its seeds are also used as aphrodisiac or weight gain when added to the diet. Externally, they are made into poultice to relieve pain and bruises. A las doce’s leaves are with purgative effect. Infused leaves on drinks are also good to treat coughs. In particular places such as Africa and India, a las doce is used to treat blood and throat disorders, bilious conditions, fever, and puerperium. While in African folk medicine, it is used to treat anemia and liver diseases. Read More


Benefits of Bias-bias Image by AlexPopovkin / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific names commelina benghalensis, commelina polygama, and commelina cavaleriei, this plant is also known as Bengal dayflower, tropical spiderwort, and whiskered commelina in English. It is known to grow at low to medium altitudes usually at open grasslands and waste places in settled areas. It has febrifugal, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, and emollient, hypotensive, central nervous system depressant, diuretic, refrigerant, laxative, and astringent effects. Bias-bias is often used to treat conditions such as strangury, wounds, measles, nervous system disorders, conjunctive inflammation, psychosis, epilepsy, insanity, and exopththalmia. Read More


Benefits of Bolongeta Image by sarangib / CC0 1.0 With the scientific name diospyros pilosanthera, this plant is known to grow in the provinces of Cagayan, Palawan, Mindanao, in most islands, primarily in forests with low altitudes. In a recent study, Bolongeta has found to have anti-diabetic, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective effects. In the areas of Moros in Jolo, the decoction of Bolongeta bark is used as a treatment for coughs. Read More


Benefits of Brunfelsia Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names brunfelsia americana and brunfelsia undulate, this plant is also known as the brunfelsia and lady of the night, in English. It was just recently introduced to the Philippines from the tropical America. Brunfelsia is cultivated for ornamental purposes in Manila and other large towns. It has tonic, antioxidant, and anti-diarrheal effects. It has been also found that Brunfelsia has phytochemical contents such as steroids, flavonoids, tannins, and saponins. This plant can be propagated by stem cuttings. Read More

Buñga de Jolo

Benefits of Buñga de Jolo Image by Dick Culbert / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name adonidia merrillii, this plant is also known as adonidia palm, Manila palm, Christmas palm, or Veitchia palm, in English. This specie naturally grows in the Philippines and is popularly cultivated by private gardens and public parks. It is also cultivated in other tropical places like Hawaii and Southern Florida. It is believed the chewing the seeds of Buñga de Jolo can work as a stimulant. It is used as a substitute for betel nut (areca catechu fruit) which is commonly used for nganga chewing. Read More


Benefits of Bagras Image by Forest&KimStar / CC BY-SA 3.0 Being one over 400 different species of Eucalyptus, Bagras, with a scientific name Eucalyptus deglupta, shares similar medicinal properties of Eucalyptus. It is also known as “Rainbow Eucalyptus” or “Rainbow gum” due to its most distinctive feature which is having a unique multi-colored bark. It usually thrives in tropical forests such as in the lowland primary forest in Mindanao. Bagras is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for tropical and subtropical gardens and parks in some urban areas in the Philippines. It also occurs in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Bagras is considered stimulant, antiseptic and antimalarial. Its oils are classified into medicinal, containing eucalyptol or cineol industrial, containing terpenes, used in mining operation, and aromatic, as in Eucalyptus citriodora. In some countries, they used Bagras to combat malaria. In addition, the decoctions of leaves are also used as antiseptic and deodorant. Moreover, decoction of leaves is used as tea to treat cough and asthma. Read More


Benefits of Balatong-aso Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY-SA 4.0 Balatong-aso is also known as Cassia occidentalis Linn. (scientific name) is found throughout the Philippines at low and medium altitudes as a weed in waste places in and about towns. This plant is a native of tropical America. It is now pantropic. Roots are very bitter. It is considered to be used as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antimutagenic, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, vasoconstrictor, antioxidant, laxative, insecticidal and antidote. The plant is also considered as tonic, diuretic, stomachic, febrifuge. Its seeds were considered antiperiodic, analogous to inquire. Read More