Benefits of Eucalyptus Image by Joan Simon / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name eucalyptus globulus, this plant is also known as the Australian blue gum tree, Blue gum eucalyptus, Blue gum tree, Iron bark, and Stringbark, in English. It is known to be native to Australia and can now vigorously, and spontaneously grow in Baguio area. Eucalyptus is usually planted in the gardens of Baguio and Manila. It has anesthetic, anti-bronchitis, antiseptic, anti-catarrh, anti-parasitic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, antiviral, cooling, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, febrifuge, analgesic, insect-repelling, sedative, expectorant, and stimulant effects. It is also believed that Eucalyptus can help treat conditions such as cough, asthma, hoarseness, fevers, bronchitis, dysentery, diabetes, malaria, tuberculosis, and sinusitis. 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 drinks are also good to treat coughs. In particular places such as Africa and India, a las doce is used to treat blood and [...]


Benefits of Espada Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name sansevieria cylindrica, this plant is also known as the Bow string hemp, cylindrical snake plant, Spear plant, Spear sansevieria, and Snake plant, in English. It is known to be native from Nepal and South Africa and was recently introduced to the Philippines. It is usually planted for ornamental purposes. It has diuretic, laxative, anthelmintic, and anti-rheumatic effects. Analysis has also shown that the leaves of Espada contain structural fibers and arch fibers. A study has also revealed that the fiber composite of this plant is higher than those of jute or silk fiber composites. Read More


Benefits of Endiba Image by Rasbak / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name cichorium endivia, this plant is also known as the “Endive” in English. This species is known to be native from the Mediterranean region but can now grow best in Baguio area. It is also cultivated around Manila area from imported seeds. It has resolvent, cooling, tonic, demulcent, stimulant, and febrifuge effects. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as dyspepsia, fever, headaches, and jaundice. Endiba is much valued by the Hakims as a resolvent and cooling medicine and prescribed in bilious complaints. Read More


Benefits of Everlasting Image by Tubifex / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific names helichrysum bracteatum and helichrysum bracteatum, this plant is also known as the Everlasting, Strawflower, Everlasting daisy, and Paper daisy, in English. It is known to abundantly grow in the Nilgiris and Kodaikanal hills of South India and can best grow in the high altitudes of Baguio and Tagaytay. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antitussive, astringent, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, cicatrizing, and liver stimulant effects. The plant is usually used for wound dressing. Others use Everlasting for decoration, usually as altar flowers. Read More


Benefits of Estrella Image by Dick Culber / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name hippobroma longiflora, this plant is also known as Madamfate, Star of Bethlehem, and Longflower laurentia, in English. Estrella can spontaneously grow along drains or along rice paddies. They are also cultivated in gardens. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic, analgesic, and hemostatic effects. It is believed to help in curing conditions such as toothaches, venereal disease, asthma, bronchitis, epilepsy, diarrhea, colds, and cancer. It is also used to treat cataract by pressing Estrella leaves in water and used as eye drops. Read More

Eucalyptus cinerea

Benefits of Eucalyptus cinerea Image by Rameshng / CC BY-SA 3.0 This specie is also known as the Argyle apple, Mealy Stringybark, and Silver dollar eucalyptus, in English. It is known to be native to New South Wales and Victoria, and Australia. It was recently introduced in the Philippines and is planted as a garden plant, with limited distribution and cultivation. It has astringent and antiseptic effects. In the Philippines, compared to other eucalyptus plants, this species is used as an antiseptic and deodorant. It is also believed to help treat conditions such as infections, colds, sore throats, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, neuralgia and variety of skin infections. Read More