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African lily

Benefits of African Lily Image by Victorrocha / CC BY-SA 3.0 African lily (Agapanthus), also known as Lily of the Nile, or Blue African Lily. It is a great container plant since it is usually cultivated for ornamental pot plants, especially in the Philippines. The African lily has clustered bell shaped flowers and it blooms in the summer months. The ornamental qualities of both the flower and plant led african lilies to be cultivated around the globe. Parts used for medicinal uses are rhizomes, leaves, and roots. Traditionally, African lily is known to be medicinal. It is the plant for fertility and pregnancy, also used in various medicines taken during pregnancy. Read More

Alambangbang

Benefits of A las doce Image by Judgefloro  / CC0 1.0 With the scientific name bauhinia malabarica, it is also known as lilac bauhina and/or Malabar orchid. It is known to grow in India, Indo-China, Java, and Timor. Here in the Philippines, it commonly grows on open, dry slopes, in regions with long dry seasons in Luzon (from Ilocos Norte to Laguna). Alambangbang is considered digestive, antidysenteric, emmenagogue, antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungal, pectoral, atomachic, anthelmintic, and antiperiodic. It is also an excellent source of calcium and iron. It is usually used in the Philippines as flavoring for meat and fish. Read More

Ambal

Benefits of Ambal Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Ambal, also known as Mamangal, has a scientific name of Pycnarrhena manillensis Vidal, is a climbing shrub with a crowded, small and yellowing flowers. It is common in thickets and forest at low and medium altitudes in some Luzon provinces of the Philippines such as Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Quezon, Laguna, Batangas and Sorsogon Provinces. Also found in southern part such as Alabat, Samar, Leyte, Negros and Mindanao. Both roots and stems of Ambal are used as medicinal plants. Ambal is used as cicatrizant, vulnerary which is known for wound healing. The powdered roots are used to treat cholera and other intestinal diseases. In addition, it is used for fever and to stimulate menstruation. Read More

Apanang-gubat

Benefits of Apanang-gubat Image by Koba-chan / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name eupatorium japonicum, this plant is also known as Japanese bog orchid, Japanese boneset, and Japanese thorough-wort in English. It usually grows in thickets in the Batan Islands at low altitudes. It also occurs in Japan, China, and Taiwan. Apanang-gubat has anodyne, antibacterial, antidandruff, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, nervine, and vermifuge effect. This plant is consumed in the form of tea to treat indigestion. Roots are also efficient for the circulation and restoration to women after parturition. Herb soaked in oil is used as a treatment for dandruff. Read More

Asoka

Benefits of Asoka Image by Dr.jayan.d / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name saraca indica, this plant is also known as asoka tree, ashok tree, and sorrowless tree in English. It is known to be native in Southeast Asia but was introduced to the Philippines. Asoka is also cultivated in India and in the Malay Peninsula. Asoka has astringent, uterine sedative, anthelmintic, demulcent, styptic, stomachic, constipating, febrifuge, and demulcent effects. This plant can also be used to treat dysmenorrhea, cervical adenitis, biliousness, syphilis, hyperdipsia, hemorrhagic dysentery, hemorrhoids and scabies. In Pakistan, asoka is used as a treatment for internal bleeding. Read More

Apostola

Benefits of Apostola Image by Hatem Moushir / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names cassia nodosa and cassia bacillus, this plant is also known as the Palawan cherry, pink shower, and pink0and0white shower in English. Apostola is indigenous in the Eastern Himalayas through the Malay Peninsula but is cultivated here in the Philippines mostly in gardens. Apostola leaves and flowers are consumable. Studies conducted to test this plant revealed that it is hypoglycemic, nodososide, antifertility, antioxidant, amd antimicrobial. Read More

African oil palm

Benefits of African Oil Palm Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis), African tree in the palm family (Arecaceae) and has various English names such as Macaw fat tree, Oil palm tree, and Palm kernel oil. It is cultivated as a source of oil and as ornamental especially in Manila and in other larger towns. Palm oil is obtained from the fruits and it is used in making soaps and candles. The palm kernel oil is produced from the seeds and it is used in making edible products such as vegetable butter, ice cream, cookies, and as well as many pharmaceuticals. It also contains high levels of natural antioxidants and it is also used for healing wound. Read More

Alambrillo

Benefits of Alambrillo Image by Tigerente / CC BY-SA 3.0 With the scientific name adiantum capillus-veneris, alambrillo is also known as dudder grass or maidenhair. It usually grows in shady and moist places. In the Philippines, it can be found in areas of Bataan Island, Nueva Viscaya, Bontoc, Benguet, and Laguna. It is usually cultivated on pots and is used for ornamental purposes. It is known to have emmenagogue, expectorant, aperitive, diuretic, astringent, febriluge, emollient, antidandruff, antitussive, demulcent, depurative, emetic, galactagogue, laxative, stimulant, and tonic effect. Its leaves are usually consumed as a tea. Syrup is also made from the plants which are used to make summer cool drinks. Its fronds are used as garnish for sweet dishes. Read More

Amor-seco

Benefits of Amor-seco Image by Vengolis / CC BY-SA 3.0 This plant is known as “Golden beadgrass” or “Love grass” in English. It comes with a scientific name Andropogon aciculatus. It is normally found in open places at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines. Amor-seco also occurs from India to China and southward through Malaya to tropical Australia and Polynesia. It is considered as troublesome for some places and sometimes for human too, due to the seeds adhering to trousers and dresses. Although, some neglect this plant, it can actually consider as medicinal for its contents. In some countries, such as Indonesia and Bangladesh, they used it as a poison antidote and in treating liver pain. In Hindu medicine, mixed with other herbal plants, it is used as an ointment for pruritus, skin eruptions, purgative, postulant and anodyne. While in Philippines, decoction of root is used for diarrhea. Read More

Apatot

Benefits of Apatot Image by Eric Guinther / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names morinda littoralis and morinda citrifolia, this plant is also known as cheese fruit, indian mulberry, or wild pine in English. Apatot usually grows throughout the Philippines mostly along or near the seashore. It can also grow in India and Polynesia. This plant has emmenagogue, cathartic, febrifuge, tonic, vulnerary, anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anthelmintic, analgestic, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, and immune-enhancing effects. In the Philippines, apatot fruit is used as emmenagogue, while fresh leaves applied to ulcers promotes healing. Read More
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