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Betis

Benefits of Betis Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name madhuca betis, this tree can reach a height of 30 meters, with leaves that can grow up to 25 centimeters long and about 9 centimeters wide. Betis has numerous flowers and ellipsoid- shaped fruits. It grows in Philippine primary forests particularly in the provinces of Cagayan, Cavite, Rizal, Quezon, Camarines, Mindoro, and Mindanao at low altitudes. It is believed that Betis can treat stomach pains in children through its bark and leaves. Its sap can also be applied to the abdomen to expel worms, while pulverized Betis bark is used to provoke sneezing. Other uses of Betis include wharfs, bridges, and ships-building. Betis seed oil can also be used as illuminant. Read More

Bogto

Benefits of Bogto Image by Schnobby / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name viscum orientale, this plant is known to be parasitic on various species of trees. It is grown in the provinces of Benguet, Quezon, Lubang, and Palawan. It can also be found in other parts of the world such as India, China, and Australia. In a study, it is found that Bogto has antibacterial property. Its ashen leaves mixed with coconut oil are rubbed in the body to treat pustular itches. In some places, the poultice of its leaves are used to treat neuralgia. Read More

Brokoli

Benefits of Brokoli Image by U.S. Department of Agriculture / CC BY-SA 2.0 Brokoli known also as Brassica oleracea Linn. (scientific name) are found cultivated especially in Baguio area. This plant is considered anthelmintic, cardiotonic, diuretic, laxative and stomachic. The leaves are cardiotonic and stomachic. Its constituents has phytochemicals, glucosinolates, dithiolthiones, indoles, glucoraphanin. Immature flowers and thick stems are usually eaten. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C and minerals. High dietary fiber. Good for anemia because of abundant iron content. This is externally used for gout and rheumatism. The plant decoction of flowers are carminative, emollient, diuretic. Poultice of leaves used for cleaning infected wounds-midrib removed, leaf ironed and placed on wound while hot. These are used for gastrointestinal maladies. Both leaves and flowers are used for scurvy and xerophthalmia. Read More Benefits of A las doce Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name hibiscus cannabis, and various English names such as Bastard Jute, Brown Indian Hemp, Hemp Hibiscus, Roselle Hemp, Hibiscus Hemp, Thorny Mallow, And Wild Stockrose, a las doce’s flower are hermaphrodite (develop both male and female flower) which can be pollinated by insects or be self-fertile. Its main uses include antibilious, aphrodisiac, poultice, and purgative. The juice from its flowers mixed with sugar and black pepper is used to treat biliousness with acidity. Its seeds are also used as aphrodisiac or weight gain when added to the diet. Externally, they are made into poultice to relieve pain and bruises. A las doce’s leaves are with purgative effect. Infused leaves [...]

Bunga-bunga

Benefits of Bunga-bunga Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name alternanthera sessilis, this plant is also known as Alligator Weed, dwarf Copperleaf, Sessile Chaff Flower, or Sessile Joyweed, in English. This specie is known to be pantropic which commonly grows in open, wet, places throughout the Philippines at low and medium altitudes settled areas. It has antiphlogistic-analgesic, antidermatosis, antiseptic, febrifugal, galactagogue, and abortifacient effects. It is believed that bunga-bunga helps cure conditions such as sprains, burns, eczema, acne vulgaris, dyspepsia, liver problems, nausea, diarrhea, cough, bronchitis, and diabetes. It is also used as fodder for animals. Read More

Buyok-boyok

Benefits of Buyok-boyok Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 The remarkable feature of this vine is their corky wings or ridges. It is also called “Biniguasan” or “San Bartolome”. This plant is found only in the Philippines. Mainly found in secondary forests and thickets at low altitudes in Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Batangas Provinces in Luzon and in Busuanga. In Philippines, it is considered as herbal plant for its leaves. In fact, the leaves are considered as antiseptic. Furthermore, the ointment made from the leaves of the plants a used as effective remedy for tropical ulcers. Read More

Bagilumbang

Benefits of Bagilumbang Image by Forestowlet / CC BY-SA 4.0 Bagilumbang is also known as Philippine tung tree or Lumbang tree, a scientific name Aleurites saponaria Blanco, belongs to Euphorbiaceae family. Widely scattered in forests at low and medium altitudes in La Union, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Quezon, Rizal, and Camarines Provinces in Luzon; in Negros; and in Mindanao.It is a tree growing to a height of 10 to 15 meters or more. Aside from this, its seeds is a strong purgative and the bark sap is used as a cure for scurf (dandruff); also used as hair tonic, seeds are used to extract oil and in traditional medicine. And also, the oil yielded by the seeds was formerly employed in the Philippines for the production of a weak soap which was in demand among sailors owing to its property of lathering in sea water. Read More

Balanoy

Benefits of Balanoy Image by JeannieNadja / CC BY-SA 3.0 Balanoy is also known as Ocimum Americanum Jacq. (scientific name), are plants found throughout the Philippines. Mostly in settled areas at low and medium altitudes. It is often spontaneous in open waste places. It is used as carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, febrifuge, diuretic, demulcent, mucilaginous, cooling. The leaves and flowers were considered excitant, diuretic and stimulant for weak digestion. Both seeds and flowers considered stimulant, diuretic and demulcent. Its seeds alone are mucilaginous and cooling. Read More

Banaba

Benefits of Banaba Image by JanSmith / CC BY 2.0 Banaba also known as Lagerstroemia speciosa (L.) Pers. (scientific name) are mostly found in islands and provinces, chiefly in secondary forests at low and medium altitudes. Areas in Bataan Islands and northern Luzon to Palawan,Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. It is cultivated in Manila for its beautiful flowers. It makes an excellent avenue tree. There are also occurrence of this plant in India to southern China and southward through Malaya to tropical Australia. Banaba leaves are bright orange or red during which time it is thought to contain higher levels of corosolic acid. Old leaves and ripe fruit are considered to yield the greatest amount of insulin-like principle. Roots and barks are considered astringent, stimulant, febrifuge. Read More

Barsik

Benefits of Barsik Image by Mark Marathon / CC BY-SA 4.0 This tree is sometimes called “Bansilai” but it is known as “Kanada” in English. It has a scientific name Ouratea angustifolia. It is mostly found in primary forest at low altitude in Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Quezon and Camarines Provinces in Luzon, and in Mindoro, Culion, Busuanga, Palawan, Balabac, Masbate, Romblon, Panay, Guimaras, Negros and Mindanao. Also, it is reported from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Barsik is also known to be used as medicinal. In India, It is used as antiemetic. Its gum is used in treatment of rheumatism and chronic skin diseases. However, studies have shown that the leaves extract of this tree has a high content of flavonoids which makes the plant as a natural source of antioxidants with high value. Read More Benefits of A las doce Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name hibiscus cannabis, and various English names such as Bastard Jute, Brown Indian Hemp, Hemp Hibiscus, Roselle Hemp, Hibiscus Hemp, Thorny Mallow, And Wild Stockrose, a las doce’s flower are hermaphrodite (develop both male and female flower) which can be pollinated by insects or be self-fertile. Its main uses include antibilious, aphrodisiac, poultice, and purgative. The juice from its flowers mixed with sugar and black pepper is used to treat biliousness with acidity. Its seeds are also used as aphrodisiac or weight gain when added to the diet. Externally, they are made into poultice to relieve pain and bruises. A las doce’s leaves are with purgative effect. Infused leaves on [...]

Bias-bias

Benefits of Bias-bias Image by AlexPopovkin / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific names commelina benghalensis, commelina polygama, and commelina cavaleriei, this plant is also known as Bengal dayflower, tropical spiderwort, and whiskered commelina in English. It is known to grow at low to medium altitudes usually at open grasslands and waste places in settled areas. It has febrifugal, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, and emollient, hypotensive, central nervous system depressant, diuretic, refrigerant, laxative, and astringent effects. Bias-bias is often used to treat conditions such as strangury, wounds, measles, nervous system disorders, conjunctive inflammation, psychosis, epilepsy, insanity, and exopththalmia. Read More
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