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Lagtang

Benefits of Lagtang Image by Vinayaraj / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name anamirta cocculus, this plant is also known as the Fish berry, Levant nut, and Indian cockle, in English. This species usually grows in thickets at low and medium altitudes. It can be found from northern Luzon to southern Mindanao as well as in India, Malaya, and New Guinea. It is believed that Lagtang ccan help treat conditions such as hair lice, hair pediculi, sweats of phthisis, foul ulcers, scabies, bronchitis, chronic skin diseases, dermatophytosis, vertigo, blood stasis, and stimulate. Lagtang is also believed to stimulate the Central Nervous System (CNS). Read More

Latok

Benefits of Latok Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 This woody vine is commonly known to its scientific name Telosma procumbens. It is usually seen in thickets and secondary forests at low altitudes. In Philippines, it is often found in Ilocos Norte to Sorsogon Procvinces in Luzon; and in Mindoro, Cuyo, Biliran, Leyte, Negron, Mindanao and Basilan. It actually occurs also in China and Vietnam. Its pericarp is cooked and eaten as vegetable, with the consistency and taste of string beans. Aside from this, it can also be used as medicine. In fact, the decoction or infusion of leaves is used for cleansing wounds, scabies and ulcers. Its leaves are used as cataplasm which is applied to the forehead for headaches. It is also used as expectorant and anitussive. Read More

Lingaro

Benefits of Lingaro Image by jacinta lluch valero / CC BY-SA 2.0 Lingaro also known as “Milaa milaa vine” and in scientific name “Elaeagnus triflora”, it is a genus of about 50–70 species of flowering plants in the family Elaeagnaceae. It is typically found in thickets and forests at low and medium altitudes, ascending to 1,500 meters throughout the Philippines, sometimes cultivated as an ornamental or hedge plant, or for its edible fruit. The part of the plant that used are the flowers and the fruit. Flowers are astringent and cardiac and ripe fruit given to children suffering with amoebic dysentery. The fruit of the Millaa Millaa, contain four times the amount of the antioxidant lycopene than any other fruit in the world and ten times that of tomatoes. Read More

Lumanai

Benefits of Lumanai Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 This shrub is commonly known as “Water willow” or “Willow-leaved water croton” in English. Lumanai comes with a scientific name Homonoia riparia. This shrub is often found along small, swift streams, on banks and stream beds at low and medium altitudes from Cagayan to Sorsogon Province in Luzon, and in Mindoro, Palawan, Sibuyan, Negros and Mindanao. It is also found in India to Taiwan, southward to through Malaya to Timor and Celebes. In many places, this plant is used as medicine, including the Philippines. In fact, in the southern part of the Philippine Archipelago, species was used, like sarsaparilla, as a stimulant in the treatment of venereal diseases. In Vietnam, roots are used for influenza and also for detoxification. Read More

Laguan

Benefits of Laguan Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name euchresta horsfieldii, this plant is locally grown especially on the higher mountains from northern Luzon to Mindanao. It can also found in India to the Riu Kiu Islands from Taiwan southward to Java. Laguan has hypolipidemic property. In the Philippines, roots are chewed as a cure for snake bites. Laguan seeds are also used to treat diseases of the chest. Although considered poisonous, Laguan is still used as a tonic and aphrodisiac. Read More

Laua-laua

Benefits of Laua-laua Image by Keisotyo / CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the most common grass, it is usually known as “Carabao grass” or “Hilo grass” in English. It comes with a scientific name Paspalum conjugatum. This grass if usually found in abundance in open waste places and settled areas about towns, along trails, streams throughout the Philippines. It is considered a weed but sometimes planted as a coarse ground cover grass. It is known pantropic and believed to be native of tropical America. This grass provides good grazing for cattle and horses and sometimes said to be purgative for cats and dogs. Anyway, this grass is used in a variety of ways in many places. It is sometimes use for fever, stomach troubles and pulmonary afflictions. Also, it is used for diarrhea, dysentery and for headaches. Read More

Lipa

Benefits of Lipa Image by EdwardSteven / CC BY-SA 2.0 Lipa also known as “Laportea meyeniana” (scientific name) belongs to the Urticaceae (Nettle) family characterized by the presence of stinging hairs known for causing contact dermatitis. It is native to the thickets and secondary forests of Taiwan and the Philippines. Lipa is also used as a medicine or treatment. The dried or powdered leaves use to stop bleeding and the leaves used topically to cure carbuncles. Pounded roots applied externally for scrofula and the decoction used for  nosebleeds. Also infusion of roots and leaves used as diuretic. Read More

Lumbang

Benefits of Lumbang Image by Tauʻolunga / CC BY-SA 2.5 This large tree is commonly known as “Candle nut tree” or “Candleberry” in English. It has a scientific name Aleurites moluccana. Actually, Aleurite is derived from a Greek word meaning “wheaten flour”, because of the appearance of the under surface of the leaf. Lumbang occurs in tropical Asia to Polynesia and now planted in most tropical countries. It is actually found at low and medium altitudes, in second-growth forests, thickets. This plant is also found throughout the Philippines. Well, Lumbang raw seeds are toxic, but cooked seeds can be eaten sparingly, especially as condiment. However, it is also used as medicine. It is used for stomach and bowel disorders in children, asthma, bad breath, skin sores and ulcers, for swollen womb, and for rejuvenation after poisoning. Read More

Lagundi

Benefits of Lagundi Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 This is a well-known plant also known as “Five-Leaf Chaste Tree” or “Chinese chaste tree” in English. Lagundi has a scientific name Vitex negundo. It is usually found at low and medium altitudes, in thickets and waste places. Flowering year round, this plant is best propagated by used of mature, leafless stem cuttings and widely distributed in the Philippines. It also occurs in tropical East Africa, Madagascar, India to Japan, and southward through Malaya to western Polynesia. This plant is used in a variety of ways. It can be insecticide and dyeing and can be useful as medicine. In fact, Lagundi has been proven to be effective analgesic and antitussive and has been considered as a replacement for dextromethorphan in the public health system. Furthermore, studies have shown benefit through reduction of coughing and relaxation of the bronchial smooth muscles. It is being promoted by the Department of Health for cough and asthma and considered one of a few herbs recently registered with the Bureau of Foods and Drugs as medicine. Read More

Lauas

Benefits of Lauas Image by Vengolis / CC BY-SA 4.0 This is one of the most popular aquatic herbs which are commonly known as “Water Lily” in English. It is actually the national flower of Sri Lanka where it is called Nil Manel. It has a scientific name Nyphaea nouchali and sometimes called “Lotus Lily. It is found in shallow lakes and ponds, often locally abundant, from northern Luzon to Mindanao. It also occurs in tropical Asia to Malaya. Water Lily is usually cultivated for its attractive flowers. Hence, it can also be eaten and used as medicine. In fact, the leaves and rhizomes contain an abundant amount of tannic acid, and alkaloid resembling nupharin, glucose, metaarabic acid, starch, fat and ash. Also, the juice is used as astringent and its flower stalks are considered an excellent source of iron and a fair source of calcium. Read More
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