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Gisol na bilog

Benefits of Gisol na bilog Image by Yercaud-elango / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name kaempferia rotunda, this plant is also known as Himalayan crocus, Peacock ginger, Round-rooted galangal, Resurrection lily, and Tropical crocus, in English. This species is cultivated throughout the world and was recently introduced in the country as an ornamental plant. It has cooling and diuretic effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as gastric ailments, mumps, bruises, wounds, phlegm, joint effusions, as well as diabetes. Externally, rhizomes are mixed with coconut oil as a cicattrizant. Read More

Guma-guma

Benefits of Guma-guma Image by Remya / CC BY-SA 4.0 This herb is popularly known as “Ceylon Slitwort” in English. It has a scientific name Leucas zeylanica. It is typically found in open grassland at low altitudes. In Philippines, it is commonly found in Nueva Viscaya and Bataan Provinces in Luzon and in Panay as well as in Mindanao area like Lanao and Davao. Also, it occurs in tropical Asia to Malaya. Guma-guma is sometimes used as flavoring. However, it also used as medicine. In some places, it is used for coughs, toothaches and abdominal pains. This plant is considered stimulant and antirheumatic for it yields a small amount of essential oil when distilled. Furthermore, it is effective as antioxidant. Read More

Glory bush

Benefits of Glory bush Image by Marcia Stefani / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name tibouchina semidecandra and tibouchina urvilleana, this plant is also known as the Glory bush, Glory flower, Princess Flower, and Purple glory tree, in English. It is known to be native to Brazil and was recently introduced to Baguio. Glory bush leaves, stems, and flowers can be utilized. This plant is believed to help treat certain conditions. In Brazil, infusion is used to treat stomach problems. Read More

Gumamela

Benefits of Gumamela Image by AndrewFogg / CC BY 2.0 This popular plant is also known as “Hibiscus” or “China rose” in English. It comes with scientific name Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It is known to be native of the Old world and considered pantropic. It is commonly planted as a hedge and fence or as landscape shrub. It has been cultivated throughout the Philippines. The beauty of Gumamela makes it one of the most widely cultivated of flowers which comes in different brilliant hues. Mostly, it is the red flowered variety which has been preferred in medicine. Yes, it is also considered as medicinal plant. In fact, it is considered effective as anti-infectious, anthelmintic, anti- inflammatory, diuretic and antipyretic. Furthermore, its proanthocyanidins are considered antioxidant, analgesic and spasmolytic. Read More

Gabi-gabihan

Benefits of Gabi-gabihan Image by Ronok / CC BY-SA 3.0 Gabi-gabihan (Monochoria hastata) is associated to Pontederiaceae family. It is also known by many common names, including gabi-gabi, arrowleaf false pickerelweed, arrow lead pondweed, leaf pondweed and pickerel weed. In the Philippines, it is often grown as an ornamental in water gardens, open wet lands, swamps at low and medium altitudes from Luzon to Mindanao. It also grows in India to southern China and Malaya. Plant is considered alternative, tonic and cooling. The entire plant except the roots is eaten raw or cooked in Malaya and Java. And for medicinal uses, leaves extracts is applied to boils. Also, rhizomes are powdered with charcoal and used for scurf. Read More

Gogo

Benefits of Gogo Image by Tauʻolunga / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name entada phaseoloides, this plant is also known as the Cali bean, Gila bean, Matchbox bean, Monkey ladder pod, St. Thomas bean, and Water vine, in English. This specie is pantropic and can be found in forests in the Northern Luzon (Cagayan), Mindanao and Palawan, at low and medium altitudes. It has anti-rheumatic and stimulant effects. Gogo is used to treat skin itches, abdominal complaints, colic, etc. In other places, this plant help in treating conditions such as jaundice, edema, malnutrition, loins and joints pain, as well as cerebral hemorrhage. In the Philippines, juice proper from the bark is used for conjunctivitis. Also, it is used for washing the hair and cleansing the scalp. Read More

Gumamelang asul

Benefits of Gumamelang asul Image by Neckbone / CC0 1.0 This beautiful plant is commonly known as “Rose of Sharon” or “Syrian hibiscus” in English. It has a scientific name Hibiscus syriacus. It is actually the national flower of South Korea. This plant is known to be native of tropical or subtropical Asia and is widely cultivated as ornamental plant. Aside from being beautiful outside, it is also beautiful inside. In fact, this plant is considered edible and healthy. Actually, tea can be made from its flowers and leaves, sometimes, used as salad ingredient. Though lacking of favor, its root is edible. This plant is considered effective as antioxidant, antifungal, anthelmintic, expectorant, stomachic and antipruritic. Read More

Gabi

Benefits of Gabi Image by Hans B.~commonswiki / CC BY-SA 2.0 Gabi (Colocasia esculenta) goes by many names, and is known as aba, abalong,kimpoi, lagbai, elephant’s ear, taro and taro potato. It belongs to the Araceae family. The plant is considered as a very important staple food crop in many parts of the tropics. It is often cultivated in humid, lowland tropical regions. The plant is commonly cultivated all over the Philippines and usually cultivated in soil, nearby swamps or water. The plant contains calcium oxalate crystal that can cause unpleasant itchy sensation but can be easily neutralized through dying or cooking the plant or by steeping it in water. Parts of the plant that can be utilized are roots and leaves. The plant is antibacterial and hypotensive. Leaves are rich in minerals. A juice made from leaf extract is considered expectorant, astringent, styptic, stimulant and rubifacient. Studies have suggested that the plant has properties that are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and hypolipidemic. Read More

Golden candle

Benefits of Golden candle Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name pachystachys lutea, this plant is also known as the Golden shrimp, Yellow shrimp plant, Lollipop plant, and Shrimp plant, in English. It is known to be native to Peru and is propagated by cuttings or seeds. It is now commonly found in the gardens of Baguio. Golden candle is believed to help in treating some conditions. In some part of the world, it is used as a hallucinogenic beverage, treatment for fever, coughs, colds, hair loss, and pneumonia. Read More

Gumayaka

Benefits of Gumayaka Image by Forest&Kim Star / CC BY 2.0 This small trunkless palm is usually known as”Dwarf sugar palm” in English for its height. It comes with scientific name Arenga tremula or Arenga midorensis. It is typically found in thickets and secondary forests at low altitudes in Bataan, Batangas, Laguna, and Quezon Provinces in Luzon. Also found in Mindoro and in Mindanao. It is actually used to make handcraft such as basket. The fruit is poisonous. Also, the bud, if eaten in considerable quantity, is intoxicating followed by long periods of profound sleep. Read More
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