Awareness, utilization and diversity of medicinal plants at Palanan, Isabela, Philippines
Francis N Baleta, Jonathan G Donato and Jonathan M Bolaños
A survey on the awareness, utilization and diversity of medicinal plants was conducted at Palanan, Isabela through floating of questionnaires to 10 households respondents per Barangay or 90 households respondent in the municipality.. Results showed that all of the respondents are aware of the medicinal plants which they have learned from their ancestors. A total of 52 plant species were documented and used at the study area. The respondents uses herbals not only for curing some diseases or substitute for synthetic drugs but also, for first aid, tonic drinks, as well as for crop protection from pests. Leaves are more preferred by the respondents for ailment remedies and being prepared by boiling or decoction. Herbals are acquired frequently by them in their backyards. Majority of the respondents using the medicinal plants claimed that it is effective in the purposes they may serve.