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Lagundi is a common medicine shrub in the Philippines, and grows wild in many places like Mt.
Banahaw. The use oI Lagundi Ior medicinal purposes has a long history in the Philippines. The
Philippine Department oI Health has certiIied Lagundi as a medicinal plant Ior treatment in cases
oI colds, Ilu, pharyngitis, and asthma. Today, pharmaceutical companies sell it in tablet Iorm at
drug stores. A new cough syrup Ior children made Irom Lagundi is also on the market now.
These products are approved by the Bureau oI Food and Drugs.
The Department oI Science and Technology has perIormed numerous studies on Lagundi.
Phytochemical studies have revealed that Lagundi contains chrysoplenol D, a smooth muscle
relaxant with anti-histamine properties. It also contains isoorientin, casticin, luteolin-7-0-
glucoside, among other things which exhibit an anti-histamine eIIect. Lagundi also shows
leukotriene release inhibition, an important mechanism in controlling asthma.
Today doctors in the Philippine routinely prescribe Lagundi as a remedy Ior coughs or Ior
asthma relieI.
Basil is a popular culinary herb, and its essential oils have been used extensively for many
years in food products, perfumery, and dental and oral products. Basil has a rich, mildly
peppery flavor with a trace of mint. There are dozens of known varieties of basil of which
Ocimum basilicum or Sweet Basil is the most commonly grown. Basil is native to Ìndia and Asia
having been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years and has been known for its medicinal