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Labuag

Benefits of Labuag Image by Lalithamba / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific name hibiscus suratensis, this plant is also known as the “Bush sorrel” and “Wild sour”, in English. This species is known to be introduced in the Philippines. It usually grows in open grasslands with low and medium altitudes. It can be found in most islands and provinces all over the country. It can also be found in tropical Africa, Asia, and Malaya. Labuag has emollient, febrifuge, laxative, and abortifacient properties. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as cough, penile irritation, gonorrhea, urethral inflammations, skin complaints, paralysis, epilepsy, convulsions, parasitic infections, tumors, cancers, and more. Read More

Lansones

Benefits of Lansones Image by Mike Gonzalez / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is famous for its fruit and is commonly known as “Langsat” or “Longkong” in English. It has a scientific name Lansium dmesticum. In Philippines, It is typically cultivated for its fruit in Luzon, particularly the Quezon and Laguna Provinces, and occurs wild in Mindanao and Basilan. It also occurs in Indo-China, and the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago. The fruit pulp is delicious and may be candied or preserved in syrup. Though, Lansones is also valued for its nutritional content such as protein, carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. Read More

Limonsito

Benefits of Limonsito Image by kybrdgal / CC BY-SA 2.0 This lemon-scented berry plant is commonly known as “Lime berry” or “Myrtle Lime” in English. It comes with a scientific name Triphasia trifolia. It is pantropic and cultivated for its ornamental fragrant flower and edible red fruit. It is actually attractive as a garden hedge. It is naturalized in many countries and is typically found in thickets and settled areas, in some places gregarious and abundant. It is commonly seed throughout the Philippines. Its berries are lemon-scented and edible, commonly eaten raw or cooked. It can also be pickled or made into jams. Fragrant white flowers have a scent of orange blossoms. According to studies, it yielded a new bicoumarin from the leaves and stems. The leaves are applied externally for colic, diarrhea and skin afflictions. Also, fruits are used for cough and sore throat. Read More

Luhang-dalaga

Benefits of Luhang-dalaga Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 It is commonly known as “Slipper plant” in English. Luhang-dalaga has a scientific name Pedilanthus tithymaloides, wherein, it is derived from the Greek words pedilon, meaning “slipper”, and anthos which means “flower”. It is believed to be native of the West Indies and usually cultivated as ornamental plant, especially as a hedge plant. Aside from being ornamental plant, it is also considered as emetic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antihemorrhagic, antiviral, and antitumor. Though, its milky juice coming from the roots, stems and leaves contains euphorbol and other diterpene esters which are irritants and cocarcinogens. Read More

Lagolo

Benefits of Labolo Image by Tauʻolunga / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name acrostichum aureum, this plant is also known as the Golden leather fern, Mangrove fern, and Swamp fern, in English. This species usually grows in open mud flats, mangrove swamps, and along tidal streams. It is occasionally planted as an ornamental plant but is widely distributed in the tropics of both hemispheres. Lagolo has emollient, vulnerary, febrifuge, and purgative properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as stubborn ulcers, wounds, boils, syphilitic ulcers, sore throats, chest pains, elephantiasis, constipation, and cloudy urination in women. Read More

Lanting-haba

Benefits of Lanting-haba Image by Bogdan / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is known as “Ribwort Plantain” in English and has a scientific name Plantago lanceolata. This plant is known to be distributed in most temperate and subtemperate regions. It is actually found in gardens, found only in Pauai, Benguet Subprovince in Luzon. Lanting-haba is sometimes grown as fodder crop, yet, is known considered as purgative and hemostatic, diuretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthma and antioxidant. In some places, it is used on wounds, inflamed surface and sores and sometimes used to treat rheumatic pains and intestinal problems. Read More

Liñga

Benefits of Liñga Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Actually, this plant is popular for its English name “Sesame” and it has a scientific name Sesamum indicum. It is known pantropic and native of tropical Asia. Liñga often occurs in open waste places as an escape plant. It is actually cultivated throughout the Philippines. Its seed are famously used by bakers in making cakes and sweetmeats. It is used for cooking; for margarine and also used to adulterate olive oil. Aside from this, the seed is also considered emollient, nourishing, tonic, and diuretic. It has a high percentage of fixed oil which can be used as an antirheumatic in massage treatment. Read More

Luiang-usiu

Benefits of Luiang-usiu Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is commonly known as “Shampoo ginger” or “Pinecone ginger” in English. It comes from a scientific name Zingiber zerumbet. It is known to be pantropic and native of tropical Asia. It is typically found in thickets and near settlements at low and medium altitudes. In Philippines, it can be found from Northern Luzon to Mindanao, in most Islands and Provinces. This plant is usually used as food flavoring and appetizer in various Malay’s cuisines. However, it can also be used as medicine. It is actually considered antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antioxidant, anti platelet activating factor, and antimicrobial. Read More

Lagtang

Benefits of Lagtang Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name anamirta cocculus, this plant is also known as the Fish berry, Levant nut, and Indian cockle, in English. This species usually grows in thickets at low and medium altitudes. It can be found from northern Luzon to southern Mindanao as well as in India, Malaya, and New Guinea. It is believed that Lagtang ccan help treat conditions such as hair lice, hair pediculi, sweats of phthisis, foul ulcers, scabies, bronchitis, chronic skin diseases, dermatophytosis, vertigo, blood stasis, and stimulate. Lagtang is also believed to stimulate the Central Nervous System (CNS). Read More

Latok

Benefits of Latok Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This woody vine is commonly known to its scientific name Telosma procumbens. It is usually seen in thickets and secondary forests at low altitudes. In Philippines, it is often found in Ilocos Norte to Sorsogon Procvinces in Luzon; and in Mindoro, Cuyo, Biliran, Leyte, Negron, Mindanao and Basilan. It actually occurs also in China and Vietnam. Its pericarp is cooked and eaten as vegetable, with the consistency and taste of string beans. Aside from this, it can also be used as medicine. In fact, the decoction or infusion of leaves is used for cleansing wounds, scabies and ulcers. Its leaves are used as cataplasm which is applied to the forehead for headaches. It is also used as expectorant and anitussive. Read More
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