Hibiscus Flower for Health & Beauty
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on June 21, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Renowned for its colorful beauty and association with balmy breezes, tropical beaches and swaying palms, Hibiscus flowers have traditionally been used to help reduce fever and provide a mild diuretic and laxative effect.
And, if visions of a beach paradise aren’t enough to do it on their own, a recent study showed that drinking Hibiscus tea may also help to lower blood pressure (the study participants drank 3 cups a day).
The leaves and flowers of Hibiscus are also renowned for their skin-softening properties. They can be ground into a fine powder and mixed with a little water to make a paste which is then used on the skin and as a “shampoo.” In India, the flowers are included in medicated hair oil preparations for preventing hair loss and graying.
Dried Hibiscus flowers impart a lovely ruby color to teas and add a refreshing tartness that tastes great with Spearmint leaves. During hot summer days, serve it chilled over ice with a sprig of fresh mint – add a Hibiscus flower to your hair, and you’ll feel the breeze beckoning…
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan