Benefits of Hanopol Image by AhmadFuadMorad / CC BY-SA 2.0 It is also known as “Lagna” or “Tobayan”. It has a scientific name Poikilospermum suaveolens. It is commonly found in forest at low and medium altitudes from northern Luzon to Mindanao. This plant also occurs in Borneo, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. In Malaysia, young cooked leaves are actually consumed as vegetable. In some places, it is used as medicine. In Celebes, this plant is used for diseased of the eye. In Malaysia, sap is used for stomach ulcers. In fact, studies have shown the effectiveness of Hanopol extract as effective antiviral. Read More


Benefits of Hydrangea Image by H. Zell / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names hydrangea macrophylla and hydrangea maritima, this plant is also known as the big leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea, Lacecap hydrangea, Mopheads, and Penny Mac, in English. This species is known to be native to Japan and China and is a popular hedge plant. It is best grown in the city of Baguio where altitude is high. It has anti-periodic, antitussive, diuretic, antimalarial, and diuretic effects. It is known to help cure malaria. In other places, Hydrangea is used to make sweet tea which they call the “tea in heaven” which is used in Buddhist ceremonies. Read More


Benefits of Harañgan Image by Dalgial / CC BY 3.0 This plant is popularly known as “Sneeze weed” in English. It comes with a scientific name Centipeda minima or Artemisia minima. It is usually found in open waste places, rice paddies, at low and medium altitudes. In Philippines, it is typically found in Cagayan, Nueva Viscaya, Pampanga, Rizal and Laguna Provinces in Luzon, and in Lanao and Mindanao. It is also reported from Eastern Asia to China through Malaya to tropical Australia. Well, as its name implies, it is usually used to clear the head by provoking sneeze. Aside from that, it is considered medicinal for its content. The pungent-warming, clear out nose, ear cavity, invigorates blood circulation and relieves gastrointestinal disorders. According to studies, it is considered effective as antiasthmatic, and antihistaminic. Read More


Benefits of Hyssop Image by Consultaplantas / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name hyssopus officinalis, this plant is also known as simply “Hyssop” in English. It is known to be native to Southern Europe and temperate zones of Asia, as well as in the Himalayas of India. Hyssop is usually cultivated as an ornamental and herbal plant, while occasionally grown on the grounds. It has astringent, antiseptic, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, purgative, stimulant, stomachic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-diabetic, and antioxidant effects. It is believed to help cure conditions such as jaundice, dropsy, wounds and bruises, inflammation of the ears, gall bladder complaints, colds, respiratory ailments, rheumatism, chest congestions, sore throats, sprains, and insect bites. Read More


Benefits of Haras Image by Wouterhagens / CC BY-SA 3.0 This biennial plant is commonly known as “Fennel” in English. Foeniculum vulgare is the scientific name for Haras. It is known to be native of Europe and now cultivated in all warm countries planter everywhere about houses. It has a prominent and distinct taste and has been used both as an appetite suppressant and digestive aid and varied medicinal uses. This plant is considered analgesic, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, carminative, tranquilizing and anti-spasmodic. Also, studies have shown that this plant is effective as anti-dysmenorrhea and antioxidant. Read More


Benefits of Halubagat-baging Image by J.M.Garg / CC BY-SA 3.0 This shrub is usually called “Caper berry” or “Indian Caper” in English. It has a scientific name Capparis horrid. This plant is commonly found in thickets, secondary forests at low and medium altitudes from northern Luzon to Mindanao. It also occurs in Burma, Thailand, and Indo-China to the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago. Though, pulp, fruit, young shots, and immature leaves are known to be edible, this plant is also known for its medicinal content. Based on phytochemical screening, the plant yielded different nutrients. In fact, it is considered effective as analgesic, anti-diarrheal, antimicrobial, immunomodulator, and anti- ulcer. Read More


Benefits of Hauili Image by Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This is a small tree commonly known as “Hauili Fig tree” or “Septic Fig” in English. It has a scientific name of Ficus hauili Blanco. It is typically found in thickets at low and medium altitude throughout the Philippines. Furthermore, this plant is considered medicinal. In Philippines, the decoction of the root is used as diuretic. Some parts are used for boils, for headaches, diarrhea, cough, malaria and stomach problems. Also, leaves applied externally as antirheumatic. Read More

Hedyotis auricularia

Hedyotis auricularia Image by Dr.S.Soundarapandian / CC0 1.0 This plant is usually called by its scientific name. It is usually found in open places and thickets at low and medium altitudes in Ilocos Norte, Benguetm Bulacan, Rizal, Camarines, and Albay Provinces in Luzon; and in Mindanao. It also occurs in india to southern China and through Malaya to Australia. According to study, it yielded common constituents such as tritepenoids, saponins, alizarin, and alkaloid hedyotine and auricularine. It also considered as antidysenteric and antidiarrheal. Furthermore, this plant also showed both hypotensive and bronchodilating properties. Read More

Hedyotis costata

Benefits of Hedyotis costata Image by  Edward Steven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This herb has no local name and is usually called by its scientific name. It is typically found in open grasslands and thickets at low altitudes in Rizal, Laguna, Camarines, and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon; and in Culion, Busuanga, Palawan and Mindanao. Also, it is reported in India and through Malaya to the Moluccas. The root is the most used part of this plant. It is actually made into lotion for rheumatism, when boiled. Read More


Benefits of Hetero Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 4.0 This plant is also known by its name “Spanish clover” or “Variable leaf ticktrefoil”. It comes with scientific name Desmodium heterophyllum. It is usually found in open, damp grassland, old clearings, at low and medium altitudes in Ilocos Norte, Rizal, and Quezon provinces in Luzon; in Polillo; and in Palawan. It is also native to China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. Aside from it’s used as fodder, it is also used as medicine. Its roots and leaves are applied to sores. The decoction is taken for stomachaches and other abdominal complaints. Also, it is used for diarrhea and dysentery. In Malaysia, used for earaches, stomach aches and abdominal complaints. Read More