Because it is rich in vitamin C, hibiscus tea is an excellent guard against colds & flu.
It also reduces the blood pressure & may be helpful in cases of arteriosclerosis.
It is a febrifuge & can be used as a refreshing & cooling drink for fevers.
Hibiscus can be regarded as a mild tonic for the digestive system that gently stimulates the action of stomach, kidneys & liver.
It also has been shown to reduce the absorption of alcohol, thus reducing the less than pleasant effects of alcohol poisoning.
It is commonly used in combination with lemon balm & St John’s Wort for restlessness & occasional difficulty with falling asleep.
Hibiscus is used for treating loss of appetite, heart & nerve diseases, upper respiratory tract pain & swelling, fluid retention, stomach irritation & disorders of circulation & for dissolving phlegm.
Hibiscus tea improves the functioning of the bladder & the bowels.
Its diuretic qualities mean that it has traditionally been used to treat constipation.
It also has an anti-spasmodic effect & can be used to settle digestive flare ups associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
The minerals & vitamins in hibiscus tea can contribute to a more positive frame of mind & a calming of the nervous system.
Hibiscus is a traditional remedy in India for diabetes.
Hibiscus is usually taken as tea, such as 1-2 tsp of dried flower infused in to 1 cup 3x per day.
Hibiscus is UNSAFE to take during pregnancy. There is some evidence that hibiscus might start menstruation & this could cause a miscarriage.
In foods & beverages, hibiscus is used as a flavoring.
It is also used to improve the odor, flavor, or appearance of tea mixtures.
Hibiscus flowers are cooked in custards & flan, or stewed with fruit & sugar to produce syrup.
The blossoms are also used in baking breads, scones & cakes.
1 tsp of dried flowers per 1 cup of boiling water.
Steep 5-10 minutes.
For cholesterol maintenance: 1 cup of hibiscus tea 2x daily
For blood pressure maintenance: 1 cup of hibiscus tea 2x daily
Hibiscus Ice Pops:
1 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
6 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
Bring all of the ingredients to a boil over medium heat.Reduce the heat to a simmer & continue cooking until the liquid is reduced by half, to about 3 cups. This should take 20-40 minutes,depending on the size of the pot.
Remove from the heat & allow to steep for 30 minutes.
Fill a large bowl halfway with ice water. Place the bowl of hibiscus syrup in the ice water & stir until cooled to room temperature.
Cover the hibiscus syrup & refrigerate until completely cooled, at least 4 hours & up to overnight.
Divide the hibiscus syrup among ice pop molds & freeze until it’s just beginning to set, about 3 hours.
Insert the sticks into the molds or cups.
Let the ice pops freeze for at least 3 more hours.
Hibiscus Hair Oil:
Crush 5-6 petals of hibiscus with about 3 leaves, place that in a hot carrier oil (coconut, olive, Castor) for ~10 minutes.
If you are not using fresh plants,take 1/2 cup of dried hibiscus.
For shiny, beautiful, lustrous black hair.
Hibiscus Mask For Dull Hair:
Take 8-10 flowers & dry them for 4-5 days.
Powder the petals & mix them with coconut oil –
1 tsp of powdered petals to 1 tsp of oil.
Massage it into the scalp once a day for at least a week.
You can do it at night, then wash it off in the morning.
The results take 3-4 days to start showing.
You can use it as your final wash after a conditioning or after a shampoo as a precursor to condition hair.
It gives hair a glorious shine.
Store 2-3 days.
The suggestive hibiscus flowers are often used in charms for love & lust.
In Hawaii, a woman who wears the hibiscus flower behind her left ear is indicating that she would like to take a lover, while one who wears it behind her right has already been claimed.