Benefits of Niyog Image by Tu7uh / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name, this plant is also known as the “Coconut” in English. This species is known to be native from Polynesia and was introduced in the Philippines way back prehistoric times. Niyog is pantropic in cultivation and is cultured in the country extensively, particularly in regions where there is a shorter dry season. Niyog has antitumor, antidotal, antiseptic, aperient, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, depurative, diuretic, pediculicide, refrigerant, stomachic, styptic, suppurative, vermifuge, and other properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as diarrhea, diabetes, dysentery, leprosy, urinary discharges, gonorrhea, small pox, arthritis, stomach aches and swellings, gangrenous ulcerations, itches, parasitic infections, throat inflammation, and more. Read More


Benefits of Niyog-niyogan Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name ficus pseudopalma, this plant is also known as “Dracaen fig”, “Palm-like fig”, and “Philippine fig”, in English. This species is endemic to the Philippines. It usually grows in thickets with low altitudes and is occasionally planted as an ornament for its leaves. It is reportedly cultivated sparingly in Hawaii. Niyog-niyogan leaves are popularly cooked with coconut milk in the Bicol area. It is also believed to help cure kidney stones and diabetes. This can be obtained through the decoction of niyog-niyogan leaves. Read More

Norfolk pine

Benefits of Norfolk pine Image by Crusier / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name araucaria heterophylla, this plant is also known as the Araucaria, Australian pine, House pine, Living Christmas tree, Norfolk Island pine, Star pine, Triangle pine, and Nan yang shan, in English. This species is native in the Norfolk Island and is widely distributed in the Philippines. This can be spotted in parks and gardens. Read More


Benefits of Nami Image by Wie146 / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name dioscorea hispida, this plant is also known as the Asiatic bitter yam and Intoxication yam, in English. This species usually grows in the wild, mostly in thickets and forests with low and medium altitudes all over the Philippines. It is rarely cultivated, and can also be found in India, China, Taiwan, Malaya, and New Guinea. Nami has anti-infectious, antiphlogistic, anticontusion, hemostatic, narcotic, anthelmintic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-tumor properties. It is also believed to cure conditions such as tumors, buboes, rheumatic pains, sprains, contusions, worms in wounds, whitlow, sores, boils, rabbit jackal or dog bites, sores of yaw, and more. In Malaysia, Nami is also used as a deworming medicine. Read More

Northern maidenhair fern

Benefits of Northern maidenhair fern Image by Wsiegmund / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name adiantim pedatum, this plant is also known as the “American maidenhair fern” and the “Common maidenhair” in English. This species is known to be native to North America and was recently introduced to the Philippines. This plant has anti-rheumatic, astringent, demulcent, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, haemostatic, pectoral, and tonic properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as nasal congestion, asthma, sore throats, rheumatic joints, wounds, fevers, chronic catarrh and other pectoral affections. It is also used as a hair conditioner substitute. It is believed to make hair grow thicker and shinier. Read More


Benefits of Namog Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name cinnamomun iners, this species usually grows in forests with an altitude reaching 700 meters. It can be spotted in Mindanao, Palawan, and Tawi-tawi, in the Philippines. It can also be found in Indo-China, Malaya, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. Namog has carminative, stimulant, diuretic, diaphoretic, deobstruent, and lactagogue properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as fevers, wound, antiaris poisoning, and rheumatism. Namog root decoction is also used after childbirth particularly for fevers after childbirth. Read More


Benefits of Nandina Image by Sten / CC BY-SA 2.0 Nandina is also known as Nandina domesticaThunb. (scientific name) recently introduced to the Philippines. It is still rare in cultivation. These plants are native to Asia, occurring in India, Japan and China. Studies on these plants suggests that it can be an antifungal and antioxidant properties. These berries are considered toxic. Cyanide toxicity from berries contain cyanogenic glycosides that liberate hydrogen cyanide when damaged. Read More


Benefits of Narra Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 Narra is also known as Pterocarpus indicus Wild. (scientific name). These plants are seen primarily in some regions and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines. It is grown from seeds and cuttings. These are found in calcareous soil. Grows well in bottom lands. Occurs in Guangdong, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam. Narra is also noted for its hardness and rapid growth. It grows well in bottom lands, wind-firm and less susceptible to disease and pests. It is nitrogen-fixing and considered antibacterial, anti-bilious and emetic. Read More


Benefits of Neem Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 Neem is also known as Melia indica Brand. It is not widely spread in the Philippines. The plant is a good shade tree, propagated by seeds. The seeds are spread by bats. It is probably a native of Burma. It is commonly cultivated from India to Indonesia. The plant is considered to be antibacterial, hypoglycemic, antiulcer, antifertility, spermicidal, anti-malarial, antitumor, immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, spermicidal, antifungal and insecticidal. Read More


Benefits of Nino Image by pisauikan / CC0 1.0 Nino is also known Morinda umbrella Linn. (scientific name). It is commonly seen in Cagayan, Zambales and Sorsogon Provinces in Luzon and in Mindoro, and in Culion. It is likely to be found in thickets and forests at low altitudes. These plants also occurs in India to Southern China and Malaya. The roots are considered purgative. It is also antibacterial. The roots yields a yellow dye. Root-bark contains a glucoside, morindine, and the coloring matter, morindone. Read More