#223 Pito-Pito

Pito-Pito (literally, seven-seven) is a blend of seven seeds or leaves of seven traditional herbal medicinal plants, usually prepared as a decoction or a poultice and used in a wide variety of folkloric applications for headaches, fever, cough, colds, migraine, asthma, abdominal pains, diarrhea, etc.

Pito-pito ingredients vary according to availability and intended use. Seven (pito) is believed to be numerologically essential to the efficacy of the eventual formulation.  A traditional combination is: seven leaves of alagaw, banaba, bayabas (guava), pandan, and mangga (mango) with half a teaspoon each of anis (anise) and cilantro, boiled for 30 minutes, strained and drained.

In the urban and suburban areas, it has become part of alternative new-age menu as a herbal tea blend. Commercial tea preparations substitute one or two ingredients with other herbal medicinal components. A popular substitute in herbal tea blends is Gotu-Kola (Centella asiatica); for wild-crafted use, pineapple and kaimito leaves.  (From: Philippine Medicinal Plants)


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2 responses to “#223 Pito-Pito

  1. luisa

    ey, surprise! i like this.

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