Indian Catmon

Benefits of Indian catmon Image by Tatters / CC BY-SA 2.0 Indian Catmon also known as  Elephant apple and in scientific name Dillenia indica, is the most common edible species of the family Dilleniaceae. It is introduced in the Philippines in 1908, and occurs in India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaya. Some of studies, it is considered as antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti microbial, anti leukemic. The part that can used are the barks, fruits and leaves. Barks and leaves are astringent, fruit is slightly laxative; in excess, may induce diarrhea, and its used for relieving abdominal pains. Read More

Indian rubber fig

Benefits of Indian rubber fig Image by B.navez / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name ficus elastica, this plant is also known as the Indian rubber tree, Rubber plant, Rubber tree, and Assam rubber, in English. It was known to be introduced in the country and has become pantropic in cultivation. This species is popularly planted in parks and on the roadsides. It is usually cultivated in pots. It has astringent, vulnerary, and styptic effects. It is also believed to help treat conditions such as skin eruptions and dermatitis, wounds, cuts, sores, parasitic worms, and as a fertility enhancement. In the Philippines, Indian rubber fig decoction of aerial rootlets is used as a vulnerary. Read More

Indian rubber vine

Benefits of Indian rubber vine Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific names cryptostegia grandiflora and nerium grandiflora, this plant is also known as the “Purple allamanda” in English. This species is known to be a native of India and has become pantropic. It was recently introduced in the Philippines and is planted as an ornament. It has irritant and poisonous properties. Indian rubber vine leaves are also known to be toxic. In Madagascar, this plant is used for criminal purposes and against vermin. A mixture of its powdered leaves and water when swallowed can cause persistent vomiting when consumed after an hour, and death after 15 hours. Nonetheless, studies have revealed that this plant has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Read More

Indian tree

Benefits of Indian tree Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific names polyalthia longifolia chinensis and polyalthia longifolia, this plant is also known as the Ashok tree, Asoka tree, Mast tree, Sorrowless tree, Telegraph pole tree, and Black berry lily, in English. This specie is known to be native from India and Sri Lanka and was just recently introduced in the Philippines. Indian tree are widely cultivated in Metro Manila which are usually planted in parks, gardens, and roadsides. Indian tree has antibacterial and antifungal effects. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as fever, skin diseases, hypertension, helminthiasis, and diabetes. Indian tree bark is a also a good source of fiber. Read More


Benefits of Ipil Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name intsia bijuga, this plant is also known as the Borneo teak, False teak, and Moluccan ironwood, in English. This species is usually grows along the seashores or in inland forests in the Philippines. It can be found in the Babuyan Islands, areas of northern Luzon to Mindanao, and in Palawan. It can also be found in Madagascar, across Malaya, and in the Caroline and Fiji Islands. After careful preparation, ipil seeds can be eaten. Preparation includes soaking the seeds in salt water for 3 to 4 days, and the boiled. It is also believed that Ipil can help in curing conditions such as diarrhea, urinary problems, rheumatism, chills, rigid muscles, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, scabies, and headaches. In the Solomon islands, Ipil is used to counter attack sorcery which is characterized by very dark urine. Read More


Benefits of Ipil-ipil Image by JohnTann / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific name mimosa glauca, this plant is also known as the Lead tree, and Leucaena in English. This species is known to be introduced from the tropics of America but has become pantropic. Ipil-ipil can be found throughout the Philippines gregariously and abundantly, usually in settled areas with low and medium altitudes. It has chemopreventive, anti-proliferative, anthelmintic, anti-diabetic, and antibacterial effects. It has been also believed to help treat conditions such as intestinal paratism, ascaris, trichinosis, round worms, and diabetes. Other uses of ipil-ipil include leaves as food supplements, wood for carving and firewood, cover crop, dye, seeds as a coffee substitute, and pulp for paper and rayon industries. Read More


Benefits of Ipo Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name antiaris toxicaria, this plant is also known as the Poison arrow tree, sacking tree, and the Upas tree, in English. Ipo usually grows in forests with low to medium altitudes. In the Philippines, this species can be found in the Batanes Islands, Cagayan, Apayao, Mindoro, Negros, and Guimaras. It can also be found in India to southern China and Malaya. Ipo is believed to also help in treating certain conditions such as dysentery, mental illness, epilepsy and pai, cuts, wounds, eczema, leprosy, and neurological disorders. Although Ipo leaves and bark are considered febrifuge, juice extracted from leaf or bark is considered poisonous. Read More


Benefits of Iba Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Iba also known as Otaheite gooseberry and in scientific name Cicca acida, it is quite a common tree in the tropics and belongs to the plant family Euphorbiaceous. It is planted in the most part of the Philippines for its acids,  edible fruit, but nowhere abundant. It is also occurs in India to Malaya and Polynesia. Iba is traditionally used as a treatment of a several pains, inflammatory, oxidative stress related disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis, chronic liver disease, gonorrhea, and rheumatism. And vapors from boiling of roots inhaled for coughs and headache. Read More


Benefits of Ibaiba-an Image by Raffi Kojian / CC BY-SA 3.0 Ibaiba-an also known as leafflower and in scientific name Phyllanthus urinaria, it is a member of the Spurge family (Euphorbiaceae).  It is an  erect, branched, slender, glabrous or nearly glabrous herb,  native to Asia, but has found its way across the southeast and into Texas, and also in waste places throughout the Philippines. Ibaiba-an is considered abortifacient, ecbolic, febrifuge, antihepatotoxic, antiviral, antibacterial and hypoglycemic. And some of studies shown that this plant is anticancer, antidiabetic, antioxidant, antiviral, anti inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anti-telomerase. Read More


Benefits of Idsa Image by Wingchi / CC BY-SA 2.5 Idsa also known as Whole mountain fragrant and in scientific name Gaultheria leucocarpa var cumingiana, belongs to Ericaceae family. It is typically found in thickets, ravines, and sometimes on open slopes at altitudes from 1,300 to 2,400 meters in Bontoc, Lepanto, Benguet, Quezon, Laguna; in Mindoro, Negros and Mindanao. And also occurs in Taiwan. A decoction of leaves taken as tea and good for stomachic. And some of studies, it is also used as anti inflammatory and antibacterial. In other country like China is using Idsa for treating rheumatic arthritis, menstrual problems, cold, cough, asthma, eczema, ascites, wounds, amebic dysentery, prostatitis. Read More