Benefits of Salab Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Salab (Guioa koelreuteria), is a member of the Sapindaceae family. The shrub or tree commonly grows in secondary forests in Northern Cagayan, Northern Luzon to Balabac and Mindanao, mostly in all islands and provinces. It can be found in the wild on sandy, gravely, limestone and ultrabasic soils. Seeds are used for medicinal purposes. And the wood is used for agricultural implements and tool handles. Medicinally, the oil extracted from the seed can be used to cure certain skin diseases. Read More


Benefits of A Sampalok Image by B.navez / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name tamarindus indica, this plant is also known as the “Sweet tamarind” in English. This species is believed to be native of tropical Africa and was introduced way back prehistoric times. Sampalok is now pantropic in cultivation. It can be spotted along avenues as an ornament but is also planted all over the Philippines in settled areas. Sampalok has astringent, tonic, digestive, anti-asthmatic, febrifuge, carminative, antiscorbutic, anti- bilious, and laxative properties. It is believed that Sampalok can help cure conditions such as fevers, puerperism, convalescence, asthma, colic, indigestion, sore throats, aphthous sores, ulcers, boils, rashes, and more. Sampalok leaves made into juice by dipping a red hot iron in it is used to treat dysentery. Read More


Benefits of Sarsalida Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name mollugo oppositifolia, this plant is also known as the “Bitter leaf” or the “Slender carpetweed” in English. This species usually propagates in and about towns as one of the most common weeds. It grows in places with low and medium altitudes. It can also be found in India, tropical Africa and Australia. Sarsalida contains stomachic, appetizing, aperient, antiseptic, and uterine stimulant properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as dyspepsia in children, earaches, skin diseases, liver diseases, poisonous animal bites, malaria, joint pains, inflammation, intestinal parasites, furuncles, wounds, and more. Read More

Shanghai beauty

Benefits of Shanghai beauty Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name jatropha integerrima, this plant is also known as the “Fiddlehead jatropha”, “Fiddle-leaf spurge”, “Peregrina”, or the “Rose-flowered jatropha” in English. This species is known to be native to the Wes Indies. Shanghai beauty was introduced in the Philippines around 1950s and is now extensively spread. Shanghai beauty contains purgative, styptic, and emetic properties. It is also believed to help treat conditions such as warts, rheumatism, herpes, pruritus, toothaches, eczema, scabies, ringworm, and tumors. Read More


Benefits of Silisian Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY-SA 2.0 This plant has a scientific name Polanisia icosandra and it is typically known as “Tickweed” or “Wild mustard” in English. Silisian is known to be pantropic. It is considered as common weed at low and medium altitude, in settled areas throughout the Philippines. The leaves and young shoots are usually cooked as vegetable and in salad and the pungent seeds can be pickled or used as mustard substitute in curries. Also, its seeds yield oil that can be used for cooking. According to studies, Silisian is considered effective as antiseptic, stimulant, vermifuge, astringent and spasmodic. Furthermore, it is effective as analgesic, antimicrobial, antidiarrheal, antipyretic, hepatoprotective, hypolipidemic, and anti-ulcer. Read More

Spider lily

Benefits of Spider lily Image by Valérie75 / CC BY-SA 3.0 This herbaceous plant is also called “Beach hymenocallis” or “Beach spiderlily” which has a scientific name hymenocallis littoralis. It is known as native of tropical America and is usually found in a broad range of growing conditions, from wet and boggy to dry areas. It is often cultivated as hedge in Manila and other large towns. In the Philippines, the bulb is the only part of the plant used for wound healing. In some places, roots are boiled in water and used for testicles too low because of excessive running. Also, mixture of oil and crushed bulbs applied on face to treat freckles and blemishes. Read More

Suob kabayo

Benefits of Suob kabayo Image by Jimbo1199 / CC BY-SA 2.0 Suob kabayo (Hyptis suaveolens), is a member of the family Lamiaceae. It is a coarse erect annual or often a perennial plant that is known by several common names, including Bush mint, bush-tea- bush, pignut and wild spikenard. It is very abundant in open, waste places throughout the Philippines. Medicinally, it contains properties that are considered analgesic, decongestant, emmenagogue, antipyretic and stimulates blood circulation. Specifically, leaves have properties that are considered stimulant, carminative, sudorific, galactagogue. It is useful in treating wide range of conditions which includes flatulence and other stomach problems, also fevers that is associated with colds. Read More


Benefits of Salago Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name wikstroemia ovata, this plant is also known as the “Bootlace bush” or the “Round-leaf salago” in English. This species usually grows in thickets and in primary and secondary forests with low to medium altitudes. It can be spotted in Bontoc, Benguet, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Sorsogon, Negros, and in Mindanao. It can also be found in Indonesia and Malaysia. Salago has laxative, purgative, and emetocathartic properties. It is also believed that this plant can help cure conditions such as mumps and bronchial catarrh. It is also used in lieu of imported cathartic pills due to its laxative and purgative effects. Read More


Benefits of Sampalukan Image by Deepugn / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name phyllanthus niruri, this plant is also known as the “Seed-under- leaf” or “Stone-breaker” in English. This species is known to be introduced into the New World and has become pantropic. Sampa sampalukan is usually found in roadsides and a garden weed all over the Philippines. This plant contains various beneficial properties which includes astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, cholagogue, febrifuge, stomachic, laxative, obstruent, antiviral, anthelmintic, and purgative, to name a few. It is also believed that Sampa-sampalukan can help cure conditions such as tubercular ulcers, wounds, sores, scabies, ringworm, gallstones, jaundice, colic, cystitis, prostate problems, constipation, dyspepsia, gonorrhea, fevers, hiccups, and more. Read More


Benefits of Sarsaparillang-china Image by 영철 이 / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name smilax china, this plant is also known as the “China root”, “Chinese sarsaparilla”, “Chinese smilax”, or the “Wild smilax”, in English. This species usually grows in mossy forests with an altitudes ranging from 1,600 to 2,400 meters. It can be spotted growing in the provinces of Bontoc, Lepanto, Benguet, Zambales, Negros, and in Mindanao. It can also be found in Japan and China where it is known to be indigenous. Sarsaparillang-china has depurative, demulcent, diaphoretic, stimulant, alterative, anti-syphilitic, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, anti-mutagenic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-diabetic, and neuroprotective properties. In the country, plant’s roots and rhizomes made into decoction is used as a treatment for herpes and syphilis. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as chronic rheumatism, various skin diseases, syphilis, epilepsy, insanity, flatulence, dyspepsia, constipation, fever, neuralgia, gout, and more. Read More