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African daisy

Benefits of African Daisy Image by Sheila Brown / CC0 1.0 African Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii H. Bolus ex Hook. f.) belong to a very large family of flowering plants which is Asteraceae. It has various English names such as Gerbera daisy, Transvaal daisy, or Barbeton daisy. It is labeled as tufted perennial herb, can live for more than two years. The flowers have both male and female organs which can be pollinated by insects and the plant is self-fertile. It is widely cultivated in the Philippines, grows well in the garden or in containers. The plant is known because of its healing properties, active ingredients are found in all parts of the plants. For medicinal uses, fresh or dried flower heads are used same with its leaves. Its extract is also used for cosmetic and bath preparations. Read More

Alagaw

Benefits of A las doce Image by Unknown /  CC BY-SA 3.0 Acacia is a common shared name of many species of Philippine plants both scientific and common. Some of these include acacia concinna, acacia, acaci, acacia farnesiana, acacia glauca, acacia niopo, and acacia crassicarpa. It is abundant in the areas of La Union, Benguet, and Ilocos Sur. It is introduced in the Philippines around 1860 from the tropical America but is now in abundance. It can grow in waste places, along the roads, trails in fallow, rice paddies, spontaneously. Its main uses include antipyretic, antimicrobial, stomachic, and astringent, antidermatoses, laxative, antimalarial, and sedative. In the Philippines, the decoction of the inner bark or fresh cambium and leaves is used to treat diarrhea, acute bacillary dysentery, and enteritis. Read More

Amarillo

Benefits of Amarillo Image by Artist / CC BY-SA 4.0 This flowered plant is popularly known as “Marigold” in English and comes with a scientific name Tagetes Patula. It is sometimes considered the same with Ahito (Tagetes erecta) but Quisumbing’s and other compilations list them as separate species. Well, they actually look like the same except that the latter is smaller, with finer leaves and smaller heads. It is known to be native of Mexico. Here in Philippines, it is thoroughly naturalized in Lepanto and the Benguet Sub provinces, along gravel banks and streams. Although, Amarillo is widely cultivated for ornamental purposes, it still provides different benefits to our health. In fact, its flowers are used in refreshing drinks. It is considered as carminative and refreshing. Thus, it is used for treatment of indigestion, colic, severe constipation, coughs, and dysentery. In addition, Amarillo leaves and essential oil can be used as food flavoring. Read More

Anubing

Benefits of Anubing Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific names artocarpus cumingiana and antocarpus ovata blanco, this species is only found in the Philippines. It usually grows in forests from northern Luzon to Palawan and Mindanao at low and medium altitudes. Physically, anubing is a tree which can grow up to 30 meters in height and 100 centimeters in diameter. Its leaves can also lengthen up to 30 centimeters and 10 centimeters width. It has male spikes which can grow up to 2 centimeter long while the female heads can reach nearly 2 centimeters in diameter. Its fruit is about 10 centimeter long while seeds are ellipsoid and embedded in whitish gummy meat. It is believed that when anubing bark is boiled, it can be used to treat stomach aches. Read More

Asistasia

Benefits of Asistasia Image by Swallowtail Garden Seeds / Public Domain Mark 1.0 With its scientific name justicia gangetica, this plant is also known as the Chinese violet, coromandel, creeping foxglove, and purple primrose in English. It is often cultivated in Manila and Los Baños usually in thickets near towns at a low altitude. It is also grown in tropical Africa, Asia and Malaya. Asistasia has astringent, anthelmintic, antidiabetic, anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, and vermifuge effect. In the Philippines, its leaves and flowers are used as intestinal astringent. In some places, its infusion is used to relieve the pain during childbirth. It is also used as treatments in swelling, rheumatism, gonorrhea, and ear disease. Read More

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
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