What is Hibiscus?
Roselle is native to tropical Africa, but today grows throughout many tropical areas. This annual herb produces elegant red flowers.
We have a pretty big hibiscus tree in our new garden and everyday we get a few hibiscus flowers. Combined with the hibiscus in our neighbour’s garden there is a LOT of hibiscus.
We have an amma who comes to help us and she’s the one who got started us on this. She saw us collecting a bowl of the flowers and was so excited to show us what we could do with it. So far we’ve made a fabulous hibiscus hair mask which works as a conditioner and this tea.
Uses of Hibiscus leaves are not only used medicinally, they are consumed in different forms and many a times used as ornamental offerings and general landscaping in gardens and parks.
Skin care It has properties that are used in cosmetic skin care. In traditional Chinese medicines, Hibiscus leaves extract is used as an anti-solar agent by absorbing UV radiations and to treat several skin conditions like wrinkles etc.
Hibiscus has been studied for its use in preventing renal stone formation, as well as its respiratory and sedative effects. To date there is no clinical evidence to prove any of these beneficial medical effects. Additionally, hibiscus anthocyanins have shown antioxidant activity in protecting against hepatotoxicity in rats. Application and action in humans has yet to be investigated.