Monday, 20 June 2011


When my only son was in college, he would show me the skin allergy  on his back which would become more pronounced every time he would play basketball. Perhaps his clothes were not rinsed properly so I would always remind our helper to rinse them well.

Finally took him to Boy Fajardo  and he advised me to switch to Victoria Laundry soap . He also told my son to shower with  sambong leaves  boiled in water. The sambong leaves could be bought in Quiapo from a vendor named  ' Nora Aunor. ' ( not the singer ) .

I told my staff to buy P200 worth of sambong leaves in Quiapo . Little did I know that she would be bringing home two heavy sacks of sambong. She even had to take a taxi just to bring them home!

Our cook boiled the leaves in a huge vat of water,  and we would all  use it for our daily  baths for a week as we had an oversupply of sambong. The scent of the sambong was very mild. It was a mix of citrus and woody elements. It reminded me of camphor.

Later on, I read that the sambong has astringent properties , our grandparents must have used them as sponge baths . Some people would even immerse their body parts that had arthritis just to help them heal faster!

I will remind my only son to  remind me to take my sambong baths if I get arthritis in my old age! 


Marilou said...

My Korean acupuncturist is also an herbalist and he has high praises for Sambong. He makes extracts and vacuum seals it for some of his patients as it has a wide use. Read more about it in the internet. The plant we call ashitaba seems to come from the same family. Check out the appearance of the leaves.

Becky said...

Really? Do they have sambong in Korea? Thanks for info.

Marilou said...

Dr. Choi has lived here for more than 15 years. He grows Sambong in his garden and said that there are hundreds of varieties. Every Sat, he and other herbalists, go mountain- climbing in search of herbs in our forests. :-)

Becky said...

It is possible that they go to Banahaw, they say that there is an abundance of medicinal plants there.

Proud Mama said...

Now every night when I drink my sambong tea, I will imagine that Nora Aunor sold it to me. Hahaha!

Anonymous said...


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Take care.


The Pepperrific Life said...

I have just started drinking Sambong tea, and I must say it's working so far. I've always had UTI, so this is a welcome relief.

Angelita Baker said...

How can I get a starter plant here in US. I live in Florida. I'm sure it will grow here.

Anonymous said...

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Qwest said...

Hello, I'm looking to buy Sambong, would you know a venue where I can buy it

Unknown said...

Sambong is GABON... gabon in visayan language...tnx

kenji said...

is sambong also sage in english...the leaves that the american indians used to ward off evil spirits by burning it?