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Yellow bell

Benefits of Yellow bell Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name stenolobium stans, this plant is also called “Yellow bignonia”, “Yellow elder”, “Yellow trumpet”, “Yellow trumpet bush” or the “Trumpet flower” in English. This species is known to be native of the tropical America. Now, it is widely cultivated, although barely naturalized in the Philippines.| Yellow bell contains diuretic, tonic, anti-syphilis, and vermifuge properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as stomach pains and diabetes. Read More

Yerba buena

Benefits of Yerba buena Image by Matt Lavin / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name mentha arvensis, this plant is also known as the “Brook mint”, “Marsh mint”,“Peppermint”, “Tule mind” or the “Wild mint” in English. This species is known to be native of Europe and grows well at high elevations and rarely flowers in lowlands. Yerba Buena is widely cultivated to some extent all over the Philippines. Yerba Buena contains carminative, stimulant, stomachic, aromatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sudorific, emmenagogue, rubefacient, and stimulant properties. In the country, Yerba Buena tops and leaves are considered carminative and used as an antidote to stings of poisonous insects. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as diarrhea, renal and vesical calculus, stomach weakness, fevers, toothaches, headaches, dizziness, and more. Read More

Yacon

Benefits of Yacon Image by Rob Hille / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name smallanthus sonchifolius, this plant is also called the “Earth apple”, “Peruvian ground apple”, “Potato bean” or the “Yacon strawberry” in English. This species is known to be cultivated originally in the Andean highlights. It was just recently introduced in the Philippines and was then cultivated in the Mountain Province. It can also be found in China and Japan. Yacon contains hypoglycemic, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-diabetic properties. It has also a liver—protector effect. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as diabetes, kidney and bladder problems, cystitis, hepatosis, nephrosis, myalgias, and rheumatism. Read More

Yellow allamanda

Benefits of Yellow allamanda Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name allamanda neriifolia, this plant is also called the “Bush allamanda”, “Buttercup flower”, “Dwarf golden trumpet”, or the “Yellow allamanda” in English. This species usually grows wildly in thickets. Yellow allamanda was just recently introduced in the country and has been cultivated as an ornament. It can be propagated through stem cuttings. Yellow allamanda sap can cause irritation. When contacted to skin, it may cause dermatitis. Ingestion of the plant was also reported to cause diarrhea and vomiting. Read More
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