Benefits of Repolyo Image by Rasbak / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name brassica oleracea, this plant is known as “Cabbage” or “White cabbage” in English. This species can be cultivated from seeds. Repolyo contains diuretic, laxative, stomachic, anthelmintic, digestive, tonic, antifungal, and anticancer properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, asthma, warts, blisters, acute inflammation, and gastric ulcer. Cabbage juice is known to be effective in accelerating healing for gastric ulcers. Read More

Ribbon fern

Benefits of Ribbon fern Image by tanetah / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name ophioglossum pendulum, this plant is also known as the “Hanging adder’s tongue fern”, “Old world adder’s tongue”, or the “Ribbon fern” in English. This species is usually spotted growing on trunks and braches of trees in damp primary forests. It is rarely planted for ornamental purposes. Ribbon fern is believed to help cure health conditions. In French Polynesia, it is known to treat indigestion; in India, Ribbon fern is used to promote hair growth; while in Malaysia, it is used as a shampoo substitute to clean and treat hair. Read More


Benefits of Rimas Image by Biopics / CC BY-SA 3.0 Rimas (Artocarpus altilis), is a member of the mulberry family Moraceae. It is an evergreen tree with a wide crown and it is also known as Breadfruit. The plant is common around towns in the Philippines and usually cultivated for its edible fruits. It is also planted as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens. For medicinal purposes, it has a wide range of uses in traditional medicine using all parts of the plant. Studies have shown that there is a presence of a number of active compounds in the plant. The fruits contain papayotin, enzymes and antocarpin. The crop is also considered as a carbohydrate food source. Read More


Benefits of Romero Image by KENPEI / CC BY-SA 3.0 Romero (Rosmarinus officinalis), is a member of the mint family of the flowering plants Lamiaceae. It is also known as Rosemary. The small, flowering woody undershrub is commonly sold in the markets and cultivated for medicinal purposes. It has properties like antispasmodic, stimulant, bitter tonic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, aromatic, nervine, stomachic and febrifuge. Its bitter leaves are considered astringent, diuretic, dissolvent and aperient. The oil is carminative and stimulant and used as stimulant in liniments. Read More


Benefits of Rosal Image by Tatters / CC BY 2.0 Rosal (Gardenia jasminoides), is a member of the family of flowering plants Rubiaceae. It is also known as Gardenia. The evergreen shrub or small tree is cultivated as ornamental plant. In the Philippines, only the double-flowered variety occurs. Medicinally, the whole plant is anti-ophthalmic, emollient, emetic, stimulant, diuretic, antiperiodic, cathartic, anthelmintic, alternative, antispasmodic, antiseptic, sedative, analgesic, hypotensive and febrifuge. It is used as a medicine to relieve fever, nervous disorders, to treat headache and dyspepsia. It is also used against jaundice and diseases of the kidneys and lungs. Read More

Rosas de Japon

Benefits of Rosas de japon Image by 池田正樹 / CC0 1.0 Rosas de Japon (Chrysanthemum sinense Sabine), is a member of a large family of flowering plants Asteraceae. The variable, erect, perennial plant is also known as Chrysanthemum. It is cultivated for ornamental purposes, and grows especially well in Baguio. The plant contain medicinal properties that are considered aromatic, cooling, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, febrifuge, demulcent and hypotensive. Other cultivated varieties that are ordinary are considered beneficial to the blood circulation to preserve vitality. Also, it is used in treating hypertension, coronary heart diseases and angina. Read More


Benefits of Rosas Image by Anna_reg / CC BY-SA 3.0 Rosas (Rosa) is a member of the rose family Rosaceae. It is also known as rose, wild rose or hip berry. It is known as one of the most extensive genus in the plant kingdom. The plant is cultivated in all climates and places. Medicinally, parts that are used are flowers and hips. It is considered sudorific, antispasmodic and emetic. Also, the petals are astringent that has quercitrin and volatile oils. It is used in excessive bleeding, also for soothing dry skin. Also used as gargle for laryngitis and stomatitis. The rose hips are used as a source of vitamin C. Read More


Benefits of Roselle Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), is a member of the mallows or flowering plants Malvaceae. The mostly branched, annual to perennial plant it also known as red sorrel. It is planted as an ornamental plant and for its edible calyces. It is best suited in lowland, tropical climates and humid areas. For medicinal action and uses, leaves are considered emollient, stomachic, scorbutic and febrifuge. Seed are diuretic and tonic, and the flowers are considered tonic and aperitive. Its diuretic effects help to lower fevers. The leaves are used as an emollient and as a soothing cough remedy. Read More


Benefits of Ruellia Image by Varun_saa / CC BY-SA 4.0 Ruellia (Ruellia tuberosa), is member of the dicotyledonous flowering plants Acanthaceae family. It is known by several common names, including bluebell, cracker plant, meadow weed, pink-striped trumpet lily, popping pod and snapdragon. The perennial herb with tuberous roots usually grows in open waste places in the Philippines. For medicinal purposes, roots and leaves are used. The plant is used as a cooling agent, specifically for urinary problems and high cholesterol. It is also used as a traditional medicine as anthelmintic for joint pains and muscle strain. Also used for gonorrhea, syphilis, bladder stones, bronchitis and cancer. Read More

Rabbit’s foot fern

Rabbit's foot fern Image by Jerzy Opioła / CC BY-SA 4.0 Rabbit's foot fern (Davallia solida), is a member of the hanging fern family Davalliaceae. The epiphytic fern, with fronds arising long aerial rhizomes grows on and over thick bark on trees or on rock cervices. It can be found all over the Philippines and it is also cultivated as a hanging plant or air plant. Medicinally, it is considered antibacterial, tonic, laxative, purgative and anti-inflammatory. The plants rhizomes are used as an herb tonic. It is effective in treating osteoporosis, arthralgia and arthritis. In Fiji, the plant is used as antibacterial and for treating asthma and sore throat. Read More