Hibiscus is a beautiful plant that can brighten up any garden. This flowering plant primarily grows in tropical and warm regions, but it can also be grown seasonally in other areas where the climate is only warm for part of the year.

Fresh and dried hibiscus flowers are edible. They are most commonly used to make herbal tea. The tea contains vitamins C and A, zinc and several minerals. It also contains 15 to 30 percent organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid and tartaric acid. It also contains polysaccharides and flavonoids.

Recipe:

  1. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried hibiscus petals to 2 cups of water.
  2. Bring it to a boil, then let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain it, and add raw honey and a little lemon juice for taste.
  4. Drink this tea on a regular basis to boost your health.

Benefits:

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Hibiscus tea is very effective in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol) levels. It is particularly helpful for people with Type 2 diabetes.

It exhibits anti-atherosclerosis activity and contains antioxidant compounds that help prevent the oxidation of LDL. Also, it prevents plaque buildup in the arteries, thereby lowering your cholesterol levels and preventing atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Recommended:

Drink hibiscus tea twice daily for a few weeks to help control your cholesterol level.

You can opt to take standardized hibiscus extract twice daily. Consult your doctor for the appropriate dosage.

Regulates Blood Pressure

Hibiscus is also beneficial at controlling high blood pressure.

It contains potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce blood pressure levels significantly. Being diuretic in nature, it also increases urination that helps lower blood pressure.

Drink tea prepared from fresh or dried hibisucus flowers 2 or 3 times a day to keep your blood pressure in check.

Aids Weight Loss

This beautiful herb also aids weight loss. Being loaded with nutrients, flavonoids and various minerals, hibiscus lowers the body’s absorption of fats and carbohydrates. This in turn can help you lose weight.

It contains high concentrations of antioxidants that aid weight loss by boosting metabolism. Also, being diuretic in nature, this herb helps shed water weight.

Recommended:

Drink 2 to 3 cups of hibiscus tea daily to support your weight loss efforts.

You can opt to take hibiscus in supplement form, after consulting your doctor.

Agains Hair Loss

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Being rich in vitamins A and C as well as amino acids, hibiscus can combat hair loss and induce hair growth. It also cures dandruff, prevents split ends and prevents premature graying.

What to do?

  1. Add 8 to 10 Chinese hibiscus leaves and flowers to 2 cups of extra-virgin coconut oil.
  2. Heat the solution until the flowers turn black.
  3. Strain the oil and allow it to cool.
  4. Apply the oil on your hair before going to bed and do a thorough massage.
  5. Wash your hair in the morning.
  6. Repeat this a few times a week.
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Hibiscus is a beautiful plant that can brighten up any garden. This flowering plant primarily grows in tropical and warm regions, but it can also be grown seasonally in other areas where the climate is only warm for part of the year.Fresh and dried hibiscus flowers are edible. They...