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Cannonball tree

Benefits of Cannonball tree Image by enioprado / CC BY-SA 3.0 This specie is just recently introduced in the country. It is cultivated as an ornamental tree usually grown along the highways and in parks. It is known to be native to tropical northern South America, especially in the rainforest of Amazon and southern Caribbean. It is also found in India where it is believed to be native as well, and in Thailand. It has antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, and analgesic effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as colds, stomachaches, skin diseases, malaria, wounds, and toothaches. Hindus consider the Cannonball tree as sacred because the petals of its flowers resemble their sacred snake – Naga. Read More

Cosmos

Benefits of Cosmos Image by Prenn / CC BY-SA 3.0 Cosmos are also known as Cosmos sulfureus Cav. (scientific name) are mostly cultivated throughout the Philippines. Based on studies phytochemical is yielded 2-hydroxy-4-4-dimethoxychalcone from the flowers and quercetine and 3 stigmasterol-3-0beta-D-glucopyranoside from the leaves. The plant also yielded butein, which is known for its antioxidant activity. There are no recorded folkloric use in the Philippines.However, in Brazil, it is traditionally used for malaria. The flower yields dye with sunlight fastness when used on wool. Read More

Caranda

Benefits of Caranda Image by Midori / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name carissa carandas, this plant is also known as Caramba, Caranda, Carandas plum, and Christ’s thorn, in English. It was believed to be native in India and was just recently introduced in the Philippines. It is cultivated in the country but is in limit, especially in the College of Agriculture at Los Baños, Laguna. It has astringent, cooling, antiscorbutic, and aphrodisiac effects. It is known to help cure conditions such as remittent fevers, diarrhea, earache, mouth and throat sores, syphilis pains, diabetic ulcers, intestinal worms, and biliousness. It is also reported to be an anaphrodisiac to women, reducing their libido. Read More

Coral berry

Benefits of Coral berry Image by Batholith / CC BY-SA 2.0 Its name described its fruit which has a drupe, coral red and single seed. It is also known as “Christmas berry” and “Spice berry”. It comes with the scientific name Ardisia crenata Sims. It is usually cultivated in gardens for its decorative red fruits and is popular pot plant. In some countries, it is considered an invasive weed. Although named as berry, but it is not considered as edible. However, it can be use as medicinal. In fact, studies suggest anodyne, depurative, febrifugal, antidotal, and diuretic properties. Whereas, used to stimulate blood circulation. Studies have shown positive anti-tumor metastatic activities. Read More

Caribbean pine

Benefits of Caribbean pine Image by ilyessuti / CC0 1.0 With its scientific name pinus caribaea, this plant is also known as the Caribbean pine, Caribbean slash pine, Cuban pine, and Pitch pine, in English. It was recently introduced in the Philippines and are now cultivated in high altitude areas of the Mountain Province. It is rarely cultivated in lowlands because it is poorly grown. Studies have shown that the Caribbean pine has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Its leaves bark, and latex can be consumed. Its crude leaf extract showed resin features attributable to phenolic acid. Read More

Coral bush

Benefits of Coral bush Image by Aruna / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant with distinctive drooping flower-laden stems is also known as “Firecracker fern”, “Fountain bush” and “Red coral flower”. It has a scientific name Russelia equisetiformis. It was recently introduced to the Philippines but actually native to Mexico. The leaf and stem extract of this plant is used as ingredients in cosmetic products. Yet, it is also used as herbal plant. In southwestern Nigeria, it is used for diabetes and leukemia. It is also used to treat malaria, cancer and inflammatory diseases. Studies have shown that this plant is effective as anti- inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-convulsant and antidiabetic. Read More

Campanero

Benefits of Campanero Image by Adityamadhav83 / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name cerbera thevetia, this plant is also known as the Be-still tree, Bush milk, Lucky nut, Yellow bell, and Yellow oleander, in English. It is known to be native in South America but has become pantropic. Campanero is widely cultivated all over the Philippines as an ornamental plant in large towns such as Manila. It has emetic, febrifuge, antiperiodic, cathartic, and purgative effects. In the Philippines, decoction of campanero bark is used to treat intermittent fevers, taken in regulated doses. In India, campanero is used for fish poisoning because of its highly poisonous seeds. It is even used for homicidal and suicidal purposes. Read More

Coral flower

Benefits of Coral flower Image by brunlik / CC0 1.0 This cosmopolitan weed is typically known as “Blue cornflower” or “Garden cornflower”. It comes with scientific name Centaurea cyanus. It is usually cultivated as ornamental plants for its intense blue flowers. In Philippines, it is commonly cultivated in Baguio City, however, it is known to be native from Mediterranean. Aside from being one of the favorite flowers in ornamental, in Culinary, it has been used to flavor tea. While in Medicine, it is considered as anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic. In fact, dried flowers are considered antipruritic, antitussive, astringent, ophthalmic, mildly purgative and tonic. Read More

Cham-poi

Benefits of Cham-poi Image by KENPEI / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name myrica nagi, this plant is also known as Box myrtle, Bay berry, and Chinese strawberry, in English. This specie is usually found in the provinces of Zambales, Palawan, and other areas with high mountains. It is occasionally cultivated in Manila and can also be found in other Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. It has aromatic, astringent, and carminative effects. It is believed that Cham-poi can help cure conditions such as asthma, diarrhea, fevers, dysentery, bronchitis, gonorrhea, and toothaches. Aside from its medicinal use, it is also utilized as a dye. Read More

Coral tree

Benefits of Coral tree Image by Frank Vincentz / CC BY-SA 3.0 This tree is also known as “Cry baby tree” with a scientific name Erythrina crista-galli. In Philippines, it is usually grown in Baguio gardens. However, it is known native to South America which they called “Ceibo”. Like any other tree, it is known to have many medicinal uses in different places such as in Argentina. It is used as anti-inflammatory and used for treatment of wounds. In addition, it is also used as insecticides, medicine and sleep aid in Brazil. Studies have shown that this tree is effective as analgesic, anti- inflammatory and antimicrobial. Read More
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