Benefits of A las doce Image by Magnus Manske / CC BY-SA 3.0 Tabako (Nicotiana tabacum), is a member of the family Solanaceae. The annual or short-lived perennial, erect, unbranched plant is also known as Tobacco. It is cultivated all over the Philippines, also considered as a major commercial crop in some provinces. Leaves contain properties like antispasmodic, discutient, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, narcotic, sedative, maturative, styptic and sialagogue. Fresh leaves are used as poultice, sedative and maturative. It is also used in relieving pain and rheumatic swelling, syphilitic nodes and skin diseases. Read More


Benefits of Taiuman Image by Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil / CC BY-SA 2.0 Taiuman is also known as Narrow-leaved Indigo and in scientific name Indigofera hirsuta, a flowering plants belonging to the family Fabaceae. This plant is found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This plant is considered expectorant, anthelmintic, hepatoprotective, stomachic and antidiarrheal. It is used as a medicine. The decoction of fresh leaves given for diarrhea and as stomachic. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and radical scavenging. Read More


Benefits of Tambalisa Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific name sophora tomentosa, this plant is also known as the “Necklace pod”, “Yellow necklace pod” or the “Silverbush” in English. This species is pantropic. It can be spotted growing all over the Philippines chiefly along the seashores. Tambalisa contains diuretic, stomachic, sudorific, purgative, febrifuge, and anti-choleric properties. In the country, it is used as a remedy for stomach disorders while it seeds are used for stomach affections. In other places, it is also believed to help cure conditions such as bone aches, bilious sickness, cholera, diarrhea, and as an antidote for poison obtained from eating poisonous fish and other marine animals. Read More


Benefits of Tawa-tawa Image by Orchi / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name grammatophyllum scriptum, this plant is also known as the “Bell orchid” in English. This species grows abundantly in the Philippines on areas with 500 meter altitude above sea levels. Tawa-tawa can also be found in the countries of Indonesia, Borneo, and New Guinea. Tawa-tawa is also believed to help cure conditions such as sores, stomach worms, malignant tumors, intestinal afflictions, aphthea, and dysentery. In the Moluccas, tawa-tawa is used as part of a love spell. Seeds are added to a woman’s food to ensnare her for life Read More

Torch ginger

Benefits of Torch Ginger Image by ScottZona / CC BY 2.0 This plant is also known as “Ginger flower” or “Red ginger lily. It has a scientific name Etlingera elatior. Torch ginger is usually cultivated as ornamental plant in gardens and often found near ravines and lakes in Mindanao. The young and tight buds are actually edible; it gives spice and color to curries, fish soups, stir-fried veggies and salads. Its fruits are also edible even though it has extremely sour taste. This plant is also considered as medicine and is effective as antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant. Read More


Benefits of Tugi Image by Ahmad Fuad Morad / CC BY 2.0 Tugi is commonly known as “Lesser Yam” or “Asiatic yam” in English. It has a scientific name Dioscorea esculenta. This plant is typically found in thickets and secondary forests at low altitudes in Bataan Islands, in Cagayan, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan in Luzon, and in Semirara. It also occurs in China, India to Malaya and Polynesia. Yams are edible and cooked like potatoes and are considered nutritious. In fact, it is rich in carbohydrates and a good source of vitamin B, with a nutritional value similar to ubi. With that, it is also considered medicinal. Studies have shown and considered it as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Read More


Benefits of Tabatib Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Tabatib (Epipremnum pinnatum) is a member of the Araceae family. It is also known by several common names, including centipede tongavine, devil’s ivy, dragon tail plant, golden pothos vine, pothos vine, swiss-cheese plant and taro vine. The climbing plant, sometimes epiphytic grows in thickets and forests in Luzon, Polilio, Palawan, Leyte, Negros and Mindanao. The plant has properties like emmenagogue, antidotal and anticancer. Parts that are used for medicinal purposes are its sap and leaves. The plant is used in treating diabetes, cancer and does contribute immune system enhancement. Read More


Benefits of Taka Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name viscum articulatum, this plant is also known as the “Leafless mistletoes” and the “Jointed mistletoe” in English. This species grows on trees at low to medium altitudes ranging up to 1,200 in some regions. Taka can be found in the Philippines from the northern Luzon to Mindanao. It can also be found in India, Taiwan, and Malaya. Taka contains febrifuge and vulnerary properties. It is believed that Taka can help cure conditions such as limbs ache, cuts, stomach troubles, dysentery, dislocated bones, atrophy, cachexia, rheumatism, snake bites, blood diseases ulcer, epilepsy, biliousness, and more. In Chinese medicine, Taka is also used as a treatment for hemorrhage, gout, and hypertension. Read More


Benefits of Tambo Image by Lazaregagnidze / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name phragmites vulgaris, this plant is also known as the “Common reed” in English. This species often grows in shallow swamps or muddy streams, occupying large areas. It can be found growing all over the Philippines in places with low to medium altitudes. Tambo can grow in any warm countries throughout the world. Tambo contains anti-asthmatic, antidote, anti-emetic, diaphoretic, diuretic, lithotriptic, sialagogue, stomachic, and sudorific properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as condylomata, rheumatism, bronchitis, cholera, food poisoning, indurated breast, breast cancer, leukemia, and more. In China, tender Tambo sprouts and rhizomes are used to treat cancer. Read More


Benefits of Taragon Image by MattLavin / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name Artemisia dracunculus, this plant is also known as the “Tarragon” and the “Little dragon” in English. This species is chiefly cultivated in the Philippines. Taragon parts that can be used are only those which are above the ground. Taragon is believed to help cure conditions such as digestive disorders and toothache. It is also believed to promote menstruation and act as an appetite enhancer. Read More