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Hauili

Benefits of Hauili Image by Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This is a small tree commonly known as “Hauili Fig tree” or “Septic Fig” in English. It has a scientific name of Ficus hauili Blanco. It is typically found in thickets at low and medium altitude throughout the Philippines. Furthermore, this plant is considered medicinal. In Philippines, the decoction of the root is used as diuretic. Some parts are used for boils, for headaches, diarrhea, cough, malaria and stomach problems. Also, leaves applied externally as antirheumatic. Read More

Hedyotis auricularia

Hedyotis auricularia Image by Dr.S.Soundarapandian / CC0 1.0 This plant is usually called by its scientific name. It is usually found in open places and thickets at low and medium altitudes in Ilocos Norte, Benguetm Bulacan, Rizal, Camarines, and Albay Provinces in Luzon; and in Mindanao. It also occurs in india to southern China and through Malaya to Australia. According to study, it yielded common constituents such as tritepenoids, saponins, alizarin, and alkaloid hedyotine and auricularine. It also considered as antidysenteric and antidiarrheal. Furthermore, this plant also showed both hypotensive and bronchodilating properties. Read More

Hedyotis costata

Benefits of Hedyotis costata Image by  Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This herb has no local name and is usually called by its scientific name. It is typically found in open grasslands and thickets at low altitudes in Rizal, Laguna, Camarines, and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; and in Culion, Busuanga, Palawan and Mindanao. Also, it is reported in India and through Malaya to the Moluccas. The root is the most used part of this plant. It is actually made into lotion for rheumatism, when boiled. Read More

Hetero

Benefits of Hetero Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 4.0 This plant is also known by its name “Spanish clover” or “Variable leaf ticktrefoil”. It comes with scientific name Desmodium heterophyllum. It is usually found in open, damp grassland, old clearings, at low and medium altitudes in Ilocos Norte, Rizal, and Quezon provinces in Luzon; in Polillo; and in Palawan. It is also native to China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. Aside from it’s used as fodder, it is also used as medicine. Its roots and leaves are applied to sores. The decoction is taken for stomachaches and other abdominal complaints. Also, it is used for diarrhea and dysentery. In Malaysia, used for earaches, stomach aches and abdominal complaints. Read More

Hibau

Benefits of Hibau Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 This deciduous tree is also known as “Bridal couch plant” or “Mountain sage” in English. It comes with scientific name Hymenodictyon excelsum. It is typically found in secondary forests at low altitudes, often about cliffs near the sea. In Philippines, it is common in Abra, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Rizal Procinces in Luzon; and in Palawan, Guimaras, Mindanao and Basilan. It also occurs in India to Burma and Java. Aside from being used as lumber, it is also used as medicine. It is considered effective as antiperiodic, astringent and antiperiodic. Based on studies, it is considered effective as antibacterial, anti- inflammatory and antioxidant. Read More

Hikau-hikauan

Benefits of Hikau-hikauan Image by TonRulkens / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name sonneratia caseolaris, this plant is also known as the Cork tree and Firefly mangrove, in English. It can be found on areas along small tidal streams near the limits of salt or brackish water, although it is rarely found on the open beach. It also grows in the countries of China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Thailand. It has astringent, antioxidant, antiseptic, and cytotoxic properties. It is also believed that it can help cure conditions such as sprains, swellings, hemorrhage, and cough. Other uses of hikau-hikauan include slipper-making and firewood. Studies have also shown that this plant has antimicrobial effect. Read More

Hilagak

Benefits of Hilagak Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name uvaria rufa, this plant is also known as the “Carabao’s teats” in English. This species can be found on the northern parts of Luzon to Palawan, and Mindanao. It usually grows in thickets at low and medium attitudes. It can also be found in the countries of Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, India, Cambodia, and Thailand. Hilagak fruits are edible with a sweet and tart-resembling flavor. It is known to help treat skin allergies which involve rashes and redness. In some places, alcoholic color of the roots is used to promote labor by increasing uterine contractions. Read More

Hagimit

Benefits of Hagimit Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This widely spreading tree which grows to 15 meters or more is also known as “Haganit” or “Ayumit”. It has a scientific name Ficus minahassae. It is typically found in primary forest, mostly along stream, at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 1,350 meter, throughout the Philippines. Also, it occurs in Celebes. Its sap is employed as beverage. Aside from this, some part of it is also used as medicine. In fact, the leaves are being used as antirheumatic, and sometimes mixed with oil to be applied to heal boild and bruises. The reddish color of bark decoction also suggests astringent properties. Read More

Himbabalod

Benefits of Himbabalod Image by Lalithamba / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific name Barringtonia acutangula, this plant is also known as Barringtonia, Cut nut, Indian oak and wild almond, in English. It can be found in the northern parts of Luzon to Mindanao, and Palawan. It usually grows in most islands and provinces in thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes. It can also be found in the areas of India, Malaya, and the tropical Australia. It has aperients, antipyretic, cooling, stimulant, stomachic, emetic, anthelmintic, vulnerary, depurative, and emetic effects. In the Philippines, it is used as a stomachic, utilizing its bark decoction. In other parts of the world, Himbabalod is believed to help cure conditions such as arthralgia, dysmenorrhea, chest pains, inflammation, diarrhea, asthma, coughs, and colds, headaches, abdominal and spleen-related disorders, and epilepsy. Read More

Hagonoi

Benefits of Hagonoi Image by Tau'olunga / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is commonly known as “Beach sunflower” or “Wedelia” in English. Wedelia biflora is its scientific name. This vine is usually abundant in thickets of beaches and along tidal streams throughout the Philippines. Yet, it also occurs in India to China, Malaya, tropical Australia and western Polynesia. Actually, this plant is used as substitute for tea. However, it can also be used as medicine. In Philippines, the roots are used as stomachic, and the leaves as diuretic. In some places, it is also used for headaches and fevers. Also, used for diarrhea caused by cold exposure. Read More
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