Benefits of Paayap Image by Amada44 / CC BY-SA 2.0 Paayap is also known as Vigna unguiculata (Linn) Walp. (scientific name). The plant is cultivated. It is native to East Asia. The properties of this plant is shown in studies that suggest antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effect. The young leaves, pods and pea are edible. It is consumed as a vegetable. In Nigeria, roots are eaten and scorched seeds are occasionally used as coffee substitute. Nigeria is reputed to be the highest producer of cowpea in the world. Read More


Benefits of A Palauan Image by Tauʻolunga / CC BY-SA 3.0 Palauan also known as Giant Swamp Taro and in scientific name Cyrtosperma merkusii, belongs to Araceae family. Found in ravines along streams in Luzon (Sorsogon), Mindoro, Samar, Leyte, Palawan and Mindanao. And also occurs in Java and Borneo to New Guinea. In the Pacific atoll islands, it is the most important staple food. It is an important source of carbohydrates. Although rich in carbohydrates, it is poor in other constituents. Studies have shown antioxidant property. Read More


Benefits of A Pansi-pansi Image by Shijan Kaakkara / CC BY-SA 4.0 Pansi-pansi is also known as Common leucas and in scientific name Leucas aspera, it  is a species within the Leucas genus and the Lamiaceae family. It is found in Cagayan, Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Abra, La Union, Pampanga, Bataan, and Rizal Provinces in Luzon; in Mindoro; and in Mindanao (Lanao) in open, dry, sandy soil. And also occurs in India to Mauritius and Java. The whole plant is fragrant. And it is considered antipyretic, diaphoretic, expectorant, stimulant, laxative and anthelmintic. Some of studies about this plant have suggested antimicrobial, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, larvicidal, cytotoxic, antimalarial, anabolic, anti-diabetic properties. Read More


Benefits of Patatas Image by Ordercrazy / CC0 1.0 With its scientific name solanum tuberosum, this plant is also known as the “Potato” in English. This species is known to be introduced from America. It can be spotted being cultivated on higher altitudes particularly in the Mountain Province, Lanao region, and in Mindanao. Patatas has antiscorbutic, aperient, diuretic, galactagogue, stimulant, emollient, antidote, antispasmodic, and sedative properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as gout, hypertension, scurvy, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, arthritis, burns, itching, and more. Patatas is also known to promotes milk production. Read More


Benefits of Pinya Image by K Whiteford / CC0 1.0 This popular tropical plant is better known on its English name which is “Pineapple”. Pinya has a scientific name Ananas comosus or Bromelia comosa. It is widely cultivated in the Philippines in two forms, the Native and Sweet cayenne. Its native form was introduced by the Spaniards, smaller, fibrous with a better flavor while the sweet cayenne was introduced from Hawaii. Pinya is a fruit in many commercial end products such as candies, jams, juice, yogurt, ice creams, wine and vinegar. Though, it is delicious it is also popular for it nutrients. Both varieties are fair sources of calcium and iron, good sources of vitamins A and B, and excellent sources of vitamin C. Read More


Benefits of Portulaca Image by Butko / CC BY-SA 3.0 Its name comes from the Latin portula which means “little gate”, for the top of the seed capsule that opens like a gate. It is sometimes called “Eleven o’clock” or “Sun plant” in English, for its flowers usually opens in mid-morning and closing by mid-afternoon. It comes with a scientific name Portulaca grandiflora. It is believed to be native to Brazil. Portulaca is extensively cultivated as ornamental in the Philippines and is a popular ground cover. Well, it is not well-known, but it leaves are actually edible. But the most interesting part is that it can also be medicinal. It is used for the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver, pharyngeal pain and swelling. In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat various tumors. Read More

Red gum tree

Benefits of Red gum tree Image by EthelAardvark / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name eucalyptus tereticornis, this plant is known as Forest red gum, Horn-cap eucalyptus, Mountain gum, Queensland blue gum, Red iron gum, and Stinking gum, in English. This species is known to be native of Australia and was introduced to many tropical and subtropical countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. Red gum tree is cultivated in Manila and grows very well in Papua New Guinea and India. Red gum tree has stimulant, anesthetic, antiseptic, and vulnerary properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as diarrhea and dysentery. It is also used to assist the healing process in wounds. Read More


Benefits of Pagong-pagoñgan Image by nursyafiqah_jasmani / CC BY-SA 2.0 Pagong-pagoñgan is also known as Pyrrosia piloselloides Linn. (scientific name). The plant is common throughout the Philippines from Cagayan, Nueva Viscaya, Apayao, Bontoc and Benguet, Pangasinan, Laguna, Tayabas and the Camarines Provinces in Luzon, from Panay, Leyte, Negros and Bohol and from Davao, Cotabato, Lanao, and Agusan Provinces in Mindanao. It is also reported from India and Malaya and from Indo-China to New Guinea. The plant is styptic.The ground leaves are used as styptic for coagulating blood and arresting capillary hemorrhages. It is also used for eczema, for conditions referred to as ‘agihap’. The leaf decoction used for making a lotion for smallpox. The decoction of leaves used as poultice for headaches. The leaves also applied to “bukol” areas, ie, small subcutaneous lumps and nodes. In Malaysia, it is used for treatment of superficial bacterial infections, cough, gonorrhea. Read More


Benefits of A Palis Image by Ram-Man / CC BY-SA 2.5 Palis also known as Beautyberry and in scientific name Callicarpa formosana, it is a genus of shrubs and small trees in the family Verbenaceae. It is found throughout the Philippines in thickets and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes. Also in China, Taiwan, and Japan. Some of studies about this plant have shown repellent and antioxidant properties, the other countries used it as a treatment of rheumatism and disorders of the digestive tract (oral infections and various stomach and intestinal complaints). Read More


Benefits of Pansit-pansitan Image by Obsidian Soul / CC BY-SA 4.0 Pansit-pansitan is also known as Shiny bush and in scientific name Peperomia pellucida, belongs to Piperaceae family. It is conspicuous in rocky parts of canals and often grows in groups in nooks in the garden and yard. Pansit-pansitan is an erect, branched, annual herb, shallow rooted. This plant is considered anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, refrigerant, analgesic, antifungal, anticancer. Infusion and decoction of leaves and stems are used for gout and arthritis. Read More