Benefits of Kakaw Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name theobroma cacao, this plant is also known as the Cacao tree, chocolate tree, and Cocoa tree in English. This species is known to be introduced from Mexico and does not spontaneously grow in the Philippines. Kakaw is widely cultivated at low and medium altitude, scattered. It is cultivated mainly fir its seeds. Kakaw has emmenagogue, ecbolic, diuretic, aphrodisiac, nutritive, anti-carcinogenic, anti-atherogenic, anti-ulcer, antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, anti-microbial, vasodilatory, and analgesic properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as chapped hands and lips, eczema and dry skin, uterine contractions, and stimulating menstrual flow. In rituals of the Maya and Aztec, kakaw is consumed and offered as sacraments to gods. Read More


Benefits of Kaliñgag Image by Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name cinnamomum mercadoi, this plant is also known as the “Kalingag tree” in English. This species can only be found in the Philippines, specifically from the Babuyan Islands and northern Luzon to Mindanao. It usually grows in forests at low and medium altitudes, up to 2,000 meters. It has diaphoretic, parasiticide, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, analgesic, diuretic, carminative, stimulant, astringent, aromatic, antiseptic, and antifungal, antiviral, and rubifacient properties. It is also believed that this plant help in treating conditions such as loss of appetite, bloating, vomiting, flatulence, toothache, headaches, rheumatism, dysentery, colds, fever, sinus infections, and bronchitis. Kaliñgag is also popular as a spice and flavoring agent. Read More


Benefits of Kamantigi Image by Joydeep / CC BY-SA 3.0 This flowered plant is commonly known as “Touch-me- not” or “Rose balsam” in English. Kamantigi has a scientific name Impatiens balsamina. This plant is widely cultivated for ornamental purposes, throughout the Philippines. It is believed to be native of India, now cultivated in all warm countries. Kamantigi leaves and seeds are considered edible but is also used as medicine. It is used for contusion, painful inflammation, joint pains, carbuncles, dysmenorrheal, lumbago, and snake bites. Furthermore, seed is expectorant and can be used for cancer treatments. Read More


Benefits of Kankong-kalabau Image by Fotos de Andrés González / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name enhydra fluctuans, this plant is also known as the Common enhydra, Buffalo spinach, Marsh herb, and Water cress, in English. This species has certainly been introduced in the country. It can grow occasionally along the banks of small streams. It can be found only in the province of Rizal. It can also be found in the tropical Africa and Asia to Malaya. Kankong-kalabau has antibilious, demulcent, cooling, and laxative properties. In the Philippines, it is used to cure herpetic eruprtions by utilizing the plants’ leaves which are pressed and applied to the infected area of the skin. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as neuralgia, nervous diseases, skin diseases, high blood pressure, gonorrhea, liver disorders, and diabetes. Read More


Benefits of Katakataka Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name bryophyllum pinnatum, this plant is also known as the Air plant, Cathedral bells, Miracle plant, Mother of thousands, and Live-leaf- of-resurrection plant, in English. This species is known to be introduced prehistorically, from the tropical Asia or Malaya. It usually grows in thickets, open settled areas, dry second-growth forests, sometimes planted, and locally abundant. Katakataka has astringent, antiseptic, hemostatic, refrigerant, emollient, counterirritant, mucilaginous, vulnerary, depuratice, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, tonic, immunomodulatory, CNS depressant, analgesic, anti-allergic, antitumor, antiulcer, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, febrifuge, insecticidal, sedative, and muscle relaxant properties. It is also believed that Katakataka helps in treating various conditions such as insect bites, eczema, burns, infections, carbuncle, erysipelas, wounds, bruises, boils, bad ulcers, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, phthisis, hemorrhages, enuresis, and more. Read More


Benefits of Kayumanis Image by Earth100 / CC BY-SA 3.0 Kayumanis (Clausena anisum-olens) is associated to Rutaceae family. The plant is an aromatic, evergreen shrub or small tree. It is occasionally cultivated for medicinal use and as a flavoring. The plant grows in humid, lowland tropics in Bontoc, Pampanga, Batangas, Bataas, Laguna, Rizal and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon and in Masbate, Basilan and Mindanao. It is also cultivated in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Taiwan. For medicinal purposes, parts used are roots, leaves and fruits. Leaves are aromatic when crushed. And an alcoholic extracts has a strong anise-like odor. An oil extract from the leaves is considered inactive with faint odor or anise or anethol. Read More


Benefits of Koron-koron Image by Tauʻolunga / CC BY-SA 3.0 Koron-koron also known as “Chinese Lantern Tree” and in scientific name “Hernandia guianensis”, it is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hernandiaceae. It is found along the seashore, occasionally extending inland on slopes at low altitudes from central Luzon (Zambales and Quezon) to Palawan, Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. The part of the plant that can used are the barks and the leaves, considered cathartic and depilatory. The oil is used as a hair restorer; also used for dandruff.  The root is chewed to counter the effects of eating poisonous crabs or fish. Read More


Benefits of Kakawate Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 Its famous English name is “Gliricidia”, derived from the Latin word “glis” which means “dormouse” and “caedere” which means “to kill”. This refers to the tree’s rodenticial properties because it is use as rodent poison. It has a scientific name Gliricidia sepium. It is known to be introduces in Philippines by the Spaniards from Mexico. Kakawate is thoroughly naturalized throughout the Philippines in settled areas at low and medium altitudes. It is common in the southern Tagalog areas. The tree is planted as an ornamental flowering tree for its beautiful flower. In some areas, the blooming of its pink flowers is so bountiful and is worthy to be compared with the cherry blossoms. Besides having plenty of flowers, it also has plenty of nutrients that is beneficial to human health. In fact, the tannin content of this tree is considered potentially antidiarrheal, antidysentric, antimutagenic, antioxidant, and hepatoprotective. Read More


Benefits of Kalios Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name streblus asper, this plant is also known as the Sand paper tree and Toothbrush tree, in English. This species grow in thickets at low and medium altitudes, especially in regions with long dry seasons. It can be found in the Philippines particularly from northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao. Kalios can also be found in India, southern China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. It has astringent, antiseptic, antifilarial, cardiotonic, soothing, anti-aging, antipyretic, antidysenteric, analgesic, and sedative properties. It is also believed that Kalios can help treat conditions such as culebra (an internal skin disease), snake venom, dysentery, diarrhea, ulcers, leprosy, toothaches, inflammatory swellings, heart disease, cancer, and more. Read More


Benefits of Kamariang-sungsong Image by H. Zell / CC BY-SA 3.0 It is commonly known as “Motherwort” or “Lion’s tail” in English. It comes with a scientific name Leonurus sibiricus. This plant is known occurring in all warm countries and is widely scattered in waste places in and about towns. In Philippines, it is often found in Batan Islands and northern Luzon to Mindanao. In Culinary, its leaves and roots are actually edible and used as flavoring. This herb is used as a culinary ingredient. However, aside from this, it is also considered medicinal. As a matter of fact, it is considered antibacterial, antispasmodic, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, tonic, diuretic and is used for rheumatism, psoriasis, scabies and various skin eruptions. Read More

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