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Oliba

Benefits of Oliba Image by Kylelovesyou / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name cycas revoluta, this plant is also known as the “King sago palm” and “Sago palm” in English. This species is known to be native to Japan and southern China and was introduced in the Philippines. Now, Oliba is cultivated primarily as an ornament. Oliba has astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, and tonic properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, congestion, rheumatism, bone pain, paralysis, indigestion, and snake bites. In the Philippines, albularyos use Oliba leaves for Palm Sunday and is used for medicinal uses. Read More

Orange lirio

Benefits of Orange lirio Image by Praveenp / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name hippeastrum puniceum, this plant is also known as the Amaryllis lily, Barbados lily, Easter lily, Maroon lily, and Red lily, in English. This species is known to be native to South America and is cultivated here in the Philippines. It can be spotted planted in towns and cities all over the country. Orange lirio has severa cultivated forms which includes a hybrid with dark red flowers with a white stripe through the center of individual segments. This plant is believed to help cure conditions such as whooping coughs, asthma, biliousness, swelling, sores, abscesses, and ulcers. Read More

Orchid tree

Benefits of Orchid tree Image by Miwasatoshi / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name bauhinia variegata, this plant is also known as the Butterfly tree, Mountain ebony, Red flowered bauhinia, Orchid tree, or Poorman’s orchid, in English. This species is mostly cultivated as an ornamental plant. Orchid tree has antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, anthelmintic, alterative, astringent, and tonic properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as skin diseases, scrofula, ulcers, obesity, diarrhea, piles, dysentery, worms, snake venom, dyspepsia, strains, rectal prolapse, diabetes, inflammation, tumors, hemoptysis, and more. Read More

Oregano

Benefits of Oregano Image by Ks.mini / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name plectranthus aromaticus, this plant is also known as the “Country borage”, “Indian borage”, and “Oregano”, in English. This species is believed to be introduced here in the country and is chiefly cultivated for its aromatic leaves. It can also be found in India to Malaya. Oregano has aromatic, carminative, emmenagogue, diaphoretic, tonic, and stimulant, antilithiotic, chemopreventive, antiepileptic, and antioxidant properties. In the country, soaked fresh oregano leaves are used to treat burns. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as centipede and scorpion bites, headaches, dyspepsia, asthma, bronchitis, colic, flatulence, and more. Chinese people use oregano leaves to treat thrush, headaches, and fever. Read More

Oriental pepper

Benefits of Oriental pepper Image by Kurt Stüber / CC BY-SA 3.0 Oriental pepper is also known as Polygonum orientale Linn. (scientific name). The plant is in open, wet places along streams at low and medium altitudes in Pampanga and Rizal Provinces in Luzon. This also occurs in India to Japan and southward to Australia. The rootstock yields oxymethyl-anthraquinone, 0.05%. The study yielded six compounds, myricitrin, luteolin, gallic acid, catechin, protocatechuic acid and p-hydroxycinnamic acid. The study of aerial parts isolated three lignans, arctiin, lappaol B, orientalin. It is also shown that the study of fruits yielded 28-O-B,7B-dihydroxt-lup-20(29)-en-28 oate (a new triterpenoid saponin), 5, 7-dihydroxychromone and naringenin. Read More

Okra

Benefits of Okra Image by Prenn / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name abelmoschus esculentus, this plant is also known as the “Okra”, “Gumbo”, and “Lady’s fingers”, in English. This species is known to be pantropic but is not naturalized anywhere. It is chiefly cultivated for its edible fruit. Okra has aromatic, demulcent, emollient, sudorific, cooling, carminative, stimulant, cordial, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, and properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as catarrh, urinary problems, sore throat, syphilis, wound, diarrhea, headaches, varicose veins, arthritis, fevers, abdominal pain, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, inflammation, stomach irritation, and more. Read More

Oringen

Benefits of Oringen Image by Billy Joe Jackson / CC BY-SA 2.0 Oringen is also known as Cynometra ramiflora Linn. (scientific name). These plants are found in forests along streams at low and medium altitudes in Cagayan, Bulacan, Rizal and Quezon Provinces in Luzon. The plant is a recent contribution to horticulture. It is cultivated for its beautiful, pendant inflorescences covered with large, conspicuous and attractive silvery bracts. It also occurs in from India, Indo-China, Thailand through Malaysia to the Pacific. The roots are considered as purgative. The seeds and leaves are used as anti-herpetic. There is a place called Malabar, where in the leaves are used to leaves used to make a lotion for skin diseases. He oil drawn from the seeds also used for skin affections. Read More
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