Benefits of Roselle Image by DineshValke / CC BY-SA 2.0 Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa), is a member of the mallows or flowering plants Malvaceae. The mostly branched, annual to perennial plant it also known as red sorrel. It is planted as an ornamental plant and for its edible calyces. It is best suited in lowland, tropical climates and humid areas. For medicinal action and uses, leaves are considered emollient, stomachic, scorbutic and febrifuge. Seed are diuretic and tonic, and the flowers are considered tonic and aperitive. Its diuretic effects help to lower fevers. The leaves are used as an emollient and as a soothing cough remedy. Read More


Benefits of Ruellia Image by Varun_saa / CC BY-SA 4.0 Ruellia (Ruellia tuberosa), is member of the dicotyledonous flowering plants Acanthaceae family. It is known by several common names, including bluebell, cracker plant, meadow weed, pink-striped trumpet lily, popping pod and snapdragon. The perennial herb with tuberous roots usually grows in open waste places in the Philippines. For medicinal purposes, roots and leaves are used. The plant is used as a cooling agent, specifically for urinary problems and high cholesterol. It is also used as a traditional medicine as anthelmintic for joint pains and muscle strain. Also used for gonorrhea, syphilis, bladder stones, bronchitis and cancer. Read More

Rabbit’s foot fern

Rabbit's foot fern Image by Jerzy Opioła / CC BY-SA 4.0 Rabbit's foot fern (Davallia solida), is a member of the hanging fern family Davalliaceae. The epiphytic fern, with fronds arising long aerial rhizomes grows on and over thick bark on trees or on rock cervices. It can be found all over the Philippines and it is also cultivated as a hanging plant or air plant. Medicinally, it is considered antibacterial, tonic, laxative, purgative and anti-inflammatory. The plants rhizomes are used as an herb tonic. It is effective in treating osteoporosis, arthralgia and arthritis. In Fiji, the plant is used as antibacterial and for treating asthma and sore throat. Read More


Benefits of Rambutan Image by MichaelHermann / CC BY-SA 3.0 Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum), is a member of the soapberry family Sapindaceae. It is also known as hairy lychee or ramboutanier. Occasionally it is only shrub-like, but is usually an evergreen tree. It is cultivated in most parts of the Philippines, found in lower or middle storey in different types of primary and secondary forest. For medicinal uses, parts that are used are roots, leaves and bark. The fruit is said to be astringent, stomachic, vermifuge and febrifuge. It is effective in the treatment of various diseases, especially fevers and diarrhea. Read More


Benefits of Ramie Image by Shih-Shiuan Kao / CC BY-SA 2.0 Ramie (Boehmeria nivea), is a member of the Urticaceae family. It is known by several common names, including China grass, madame parquet and ramie grass. The herbaceous perennial plant with stems that can become woody and persistent is naturalized in Batan and Babuyan islands. It is also cultivated in Mindanao and other parts of the Philippines because of its fiber. Medicinally, the plant contains properties that are considered antipyretic, cooling, demulcent, diuretic and resolvent. It is used to prevent miscarriages. Also, it is used as a medicine to relieve fevers and infections of the urethra. Read More

Red gum eucalyptus

Benefits of Red gum eucalyptus Image by Sydney Oats / CC BY 2.0 Red gum eucalyptus (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), is a member of Myrtaceae family. The plant is known by several common names, including eucalyptus rouge, forest red gum, murray red gum, red gum eucalyptus and river red gum. It is an evergreen tree with a short, thick bole and a large, spreading crown, and just recently introduced to the Philippines. Medicinally, it has properties that are considered antibacterial and vulneray, and its essential oil is considered anti-tubercular. The essential oil found in the leaves is considered as a powerful antiseptic and it is used for relieving coughs and colds, sore throats and other infections. It is also a common ingredient in many cold remedies. Read More

Red pineapple

Benefits of Red pineapple Image by DiegoDelso / CC BY-SA 4.0 With its scientific name ananas bracteatus, this species is known to be native to Brazil. It was recently introduced in the Philippines. Its leaves and roots are the primary parts that can be utilized. The red pineapple is believed to help cure conditions such as trauma, inflammation, and diarrhea. Read More

Red powder puff

Benefits of Red powder puff Image by sarahemcc / CC BY 2.0 With its scientific name calliandra haematocephala, this plant is also known as the Blood red tassel flower, Red powder puff, or Rose Cascade, in English. This species is known to be native to tropical America. Red power puff is usually cultivated as an ornament or grown in gardens and parks. This plant has anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, immunomodulatory, and anti-ulcerogenic properties. It is believed to help cure conditions of hemorrhoids and act as a blood purifier. Read More


Benefits of Repolyo Image by Rasbak / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name brassica oleracea, this plant is known as “Cabbage” or “White cabbage” in English. This species can be cultivated from seeds. Repolyo contains diuretic, laxative, stomachic, anthelmintic, digestive, tonic, antifungal, and anticancer properties. It is believed to help cure conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, asthma, warts, blisters, acute inflammation, and gastric ulcer. Cabbage juice is known to be effective in accelerating healing for gastric ulcers. Read More

Ribbon fern

Benefits of Ribbon fern Image by tanetah / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name ophioglossum pendulum, this plant is also known as the “Hanging adder’s tongue fern”, “Old world adder’s tongue”, or the “Ribbon fern” in English. This species is usually spotted growing on trunks and braches of trees in damp primary forests. It is rarely planted for ornamental purposes. Ribbon fern is believed to help cure health conditions. In French Polynesia, it is known to treat indigestion; in India, Ribbon fern is used to promote hair growth; while in Malaysia, it is used as a shampoo substitute to clean and treat hair. Read More