Benefits of Sagilala Image by Forest&KimStarr / CC BY 3.0 With its scientific name salvia plebeian, this species can be found in Cagayan Province in Luzon. It can also be spotted in India, China, and Australia. Sagilala has astringent, diuretic, vermifuge, antihepatotoxic, antidiarrheal, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as gonorrhea, menorrhagia, hemorrhoids, hepatitis, and cough, inflammation, and urinary tract infections. In Bombay, Sagilala is used to increase sexual powers. Read More


Benefits of Sambañganai Image by Kembangraps / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name piper baccatum, this plant is also known as the “Climbing pepper of Java” in English. This species usually grows in forests with medium altitudes. It can be found in Mindanao provinces particularly in Agusan and Lanao. It can also be spotted in Borneo and Java. Sambañganai is believed to help cure conditions of venereal diseases. This can be obtained by making decoction out of the plant’s roots. Read More


Benefits of Sapinit Image by John Tann / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name rubus moluccanus, this plant is also known as the “Broad-leaf bramble”, “Eelkek”, “Molucca bramble”, “Molucca raspberry”, “Roseleaf raspberry”, or the “Wild raspberry” in English. This species usually grows in forests with medium and higher altitudes whereas it grows in wet regions with low altitudes, too. It can be spotted growing in the northern Luzon, Mindanao, and Palawan. It can also be found in India, Malaya, Australia, and Fiji. Sapinit has emmenagogue, abortifacient, and astringent properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as diarrhea, nocturnal micturition, dysentery, and abdominal pain. Sapinit leaves are also believed to be antihypertensive. Read More


Benefits of Solanum Image by Tintazul / CC BY-SA 3.0 This shrub is commonly known as “Poison berry” or Apple of Sodom” in English. Solanum comes with a scientific name Solanum sisymbrifolium. It is known native to the Mediterranean. It is cultivated in Baguio and Manila gardens. Though, the fruit is deemed poisonous, it still considered medicinal for the extracts. Studies have shown hypotensive effects which help to lower blood pressure. In some places, it is used for its diuretic properties and is also used for dermatitis, ringworm, sore throat and toothaches. Read More


Benefits of Sikir Image by Melissa McMasters / CC BY-SA 2.0 Sikir is also known as Fatoua pilosa Gaudich. (scientific name). These are mostly found in dry thickets, on walls, cliffs etc. at low altitudes from northern Luzon to Mindanao. It also occurs in Japan and China as well as southward to Malaya. The plant properties are used for febrifuge and diuretic. In the Visayas, the decoction of fresh roots is given in fevers. It is also effective for swollen gums when used as a gargle. Infusion of roots used for irregular menstruation. This is also used as diuretic. Read More


Benefits of Sitaw Image by mada44 / CC BY-SA 2.0 It is commonly known as “Long bean” or “Sting bean” in English. Sitaw has a scientific name Vigna unguiculata. It is widely cultivated throughout the country. The pods are actually edible and usually eaten fresh or cooked which is best when young and slender. These pods are also nutritious. In fact, it is considered a good source of protein, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, phosphorus and potassium. Also, it is a very good source of vitamin C, folate, magnesium and manganese. Read More


Benefits of Sugpon-sugpon Image by Mokkie / CC BY-SA 3.0 Sugpon-sugpon (Cissus quadrangularis), is a member of dicotyledonous flowering plants family Vitaceae. The plant is known by several common names, including edible stemmed-vine, veld grape, veldt-grape and winged treebine. The deciduous, succulent, climbing plant can be found in dry thickets in Cagayan, Batangas, and Rizal Provinces in Luzon, also in Negros, Cebu, and Siquijor. The plant is considered alternative, bone-healing, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, anthelmintic, antihemorrhoidal, analgesic, anti-asthmatic and stomachic. Also, studies suggested that it has properties like antimicrobial, bone healing, anti-ulcer and cytoprotective. Parts of the plants that are used for medicinal purposes are stems, roots and young shoots. Read More Benefits of A las doce Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0 With the scientific name hibiscus cannabis, and various English names such as Bastard Jute, Brown Indian Hemp, Hemp Hibiscus, Roselle Hemp, Hibiscus Hemp, Thorny Mallow, And Wild Stockrose, a las doce’s flower are hermaphrodite (develop both male and female flower) which can be pollinated by insects or be self-fertile. Its main uses include antibilious, aphrodisiac, poultice, and purgative. The juice from its flowers mixed with sugar and black pepper is used to treat biliousness with acidity. Its seeds are also used as aphrodisiac or weight gain when added to the diet. Externally, they are made into poultice to relieve pain and bruises. A las doce’s leaves are with purgative effect. Infused leaves on drinks are also good to treat coughs. In particular places such as Africa and India, a las doce is used to treat blood and throat disorders, bilious conditions, fever, [...]


Benefits of Saging Image by Mzelle_Laure / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name musa sapientum, this plant is also known as the “Banana” in English. This species is cultivated throughout the Philippines in many variances. Saging contains demulcent, nutrient, cooling, astringent, antiscorbutic, antifebrile, restorative, emmenagogue, cardialgic, antiulcerogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-diarrheic, antitumor, anti-mutagenic, antihypertensive, and styptic properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as inflamed and blistered surfaces, headaches, hemorrhages from genitalia and air passages, earaches, diarrhea, dyspepsia, and more. Ripe bananas can also be combined with tamarind and salt to treat dysentery. Read More


Benefits of Sambong Image by Prenn / CC BY-SA 3.0 With its scientific name blumea balsamifera, this plant is also known as the “Blumea camphor”, “Buffalo-ear”, and the “Ngai camphor” in English. This species usually grows in open fields, waste places, or grasslands with low and medium altitudes. Sambong flowers from the month of February until April. It can be found in the Philippines, China, Hainan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Sambong contains anthelmintic, anti-diarrheal, antigastralgic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, stomachic, and vulnerary properties. It is also believed to help cure conditions such as abscesses, fevers, kidney stones, cystitis, rheumatic pains in waist and back areas, sinusitis, and more. In Chinese and Thai medicines, Sambong leaves are consumed as a treatment for septic wounds and other infections. Read More


Benefits of Sapin-sapin Image by Dick Culbert / CC BY-SA 2.0 With its scientific name blechum pyramidatum, this plant is also known as the “Blackweed”, “Browne’s blechum”, “Green shrimp plant” or the “John bush” in English. This species is known to be introduced from Mexico and was naturalized in Taiwan and the Marianne Islands. Sapin-sappin usually grows in waste places or open thickets with low altitudes all over the Philippines. Sapin-sapin contains anti-blennorrhagic and vulnerary properties. Decoction made from the entire plant is used as an anti-blenorrhagic while vulnerary effects can be obtained by pounding its leaves. Read More