Hibiscus Uses and Benefits
A stunning addition to your indoor or outdoor garden is also a benefit to your health and well being! Hibiscus uses and benefits will surprise you and make you glad that you have this amazing flower around to enjoy!
I know you have heard these lines before about wonderful this and fab that!
So when I tell you that one of the most beautiful flowers that you could grow and enjoy could also benefit your health in unexpected ways there would likely be many sighs of.. “Oh, yeah right.. ”
Well, after all, isn’t that what you hear from the big pharmaceutical companies too, along with that big long list of side effects that come with their miracle drug treatments.
So, when I say Hibiscus uses and benefits for your health and wholeness you are going to be hesitant.
You should be! Your well being should never be quickly changed by one article read on the internet. Research, explore and consultation until you know all there is to know and feel that it is “right” for you.
Knowledge is a powerful treatment as well.
I will represent to you in this article what I have learned about hibiscus and its uses and medicinal benefits for you to begin to explore. Medical Disclosure Regarding Herbs, Supplements & Their Usage
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Hibiscus Uses and Benefits
I bet you did not know that hibiscus is often found in natural weight loss supplements.
Hibiscus contains a natural enzyme that inhibits and blocks the production of amylase, This is the enzyme that helps transform the starches that you consume into sugars. Sugars absorbed by the body can then result in increased insulin production which in turn results in stored fat production.
Simply hibiscus helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates.
It has also shown indications of increasing metabolism and combating insulin resistance.
Watch the video that I have shared. It contains a lot of very useful information about hibiscus and its uses and benefits for helping you lose weight.
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Hibiscus tea and supplements and have been looked at in conjunction with raising HDL, good cholesterol levels, and have had mixed results. 2013 independent study showed no significant results on cholesterol levels. In controversy a 2014 study including clinical trials found it improved HDL levels and decreased bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Health
From the notes of a 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, it was shown lowered blood pressure reported in people with mildly elevated BP and those at high risk of high blood pressure from the consumption of hibiscus tea. In the 6 week study, those participants given the actual tea saw a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure compared to those who received a placebo.
In Egypt, people have long used hibiscus as a natural way to lower body temperature and alleviate fevers. In addition, its antibacterial analgesic and antiviral properties assist even further in making this an effective way to combat the causes of why the fever is occurring.
Urinary Tract and Bacterial Infections
The hibiscus plant is said to have strong antibacterial properties in addition to antifungal properties as well. This is likely to it being rich in the compound gossypetin which has been shown to be very effective against the UTI causing bacteria. In a study of women receiving 200 mg of hibiscus extract, they were shown to have 77% less occurrence of Urinary tract irritation and infection.
In addition, Hibiscus has shown to :
- Cancer-fighting Properties – slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.
- Aids Menstruation – can stimulate menstrual flow, alleviate cramping and reduce hormonal swings.
- Natural Anti-depressant – Calms the nervous system and the richness of flavonoids has been shown to soothe depression.
You can find hibiscus as an ingredient in several natural products designed for the skin and hair. This pretty flower is rich in amino acids and alpha hydroxyl acids. This in combination with vitamins A, and C and other nutrients make it extremely beneficial for your hair and skin.
It brightens skin, remoisturizes and depletes free radicles. In your hair, it can restore greying hair, stop hair loss, restore silky shine, reduce frizz, and adds volume.
Hibiscus has strong antibacterial properties as well making it beneficial on those treating scalp disorders as well as acne on the skin.
As you can see the stretch of hibiscus uses and benefits reaches beyond physical ailments and can aid with regualr skin and hair treatments as well.
With its strong antibacterial properties, hibiscus leaves have been used fresh and dried as a wound care. Fresh leaves or powder can be pulped and turned into poultices and applied to heal wounds and skin injuries.
Cleansing and Exfoliation
Saponins are found in hibiscus and are a natural surfactant that can cleanse your skin without soap and lye like traditional soaps. Therefore, hibiscus has long been used flowers and leaves to create shampoos, cleansers, and exfoliators in places like India for a natural way to cleanse and shine the hair and skin.
The leaves of the hibiscus plant contain an oil that when extracted or combined with another carrier oil, such as coconut oil, then applied to hair can stimulate hair growth.
Regular use of shampoos and conditioners rich in hibiscus can prevent hair loss long term.
It is important to know first whether or not hibiscus and its parts are edible before even considering it can be used for any consumable purposes. There are two main types of hibiscus, tropical and hardy. From these two main types, there are many hybrids designed to manage size, zone hardiness, color, shape, and flower formation.
Are all types and hybrids edible? The common consensus is yes they are, however, I highly recommend you research your specific hybrid type to be sure.
Flowers, leaves and the “fruit” of hibiscus called calyxes are the edible and used portions of the plant. Calyxes are a seed pod produced by the plant that forms at the base of the flower.
Typically, the tropical variety referred to as Hibiscus sabdariffa or Roselle is grown for its many calyxes(fruit). It is used in producing hibiscus teas, supplements, and powders. It does not mean that is the only type you can use but it is the common variety chosen.
- Used fresh or dried for later use.
- Can be used in teas, juices, and beverages. Has a tart lemony like flavor that has been compared to the flavor of cranberries.
- The red type tropical hibiscus is the known variety for this purpose but has been said that other varieties may be used but check for edibility and flavor.
- Leaves can be used fresh and dried
- Young fresh leaves can be consumed raw in salads and as garnish. They are tarter and more astringent than the flowers.
- Leaves can also be dried into powder to use to add to teas, drinks, skin and hair care aids.
- Used dried
- Calyxes are harvested from the spent flower when the petals have fallen away or easily pull from the end of the calyx. Seeds are removed.
- They are left to dry for a week or more until no moisture remains.
- These are used to make teas and ground into powders for other medicinal purposes
- most hibiscus uses and benefits are derived from these “fruits”
Any medication or treatment even of an herbal type can cause possible side effects and interactions with current medications. It is ALWAYS important to consult a medical professional before starting any medical treatment including herbal remedies.
Hibiscus is considered likely safe for herbal usage and consumption. Its claims have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). There not any known side effects of using hibiscus in controlled medicinal amounts.
Uncommon side effects that are not usually reported from use may include stomach pain or nausea, gas, constipation, painful urination, shakiness, headache or ringing in the ears.
Hibiscus may lower blood pressure and may be a concern for those who already have lower blood pressures or in combination with blood pressure lowering medications.
If you are taking medication for diabetes or have lower blood sugar levels, you may need to take precautions when using hibiscus as it may decrease blood sugar levels.
The lasting effects of acetaminophen can be decreased when taken in combination with hibiscus.
Special caution is always needed when pregnant or nursing, including any alternative medicines or herbals as a dietary supplement. Should not be used as it stimulates menstrual flow during pregnancy.
Not recommended for children.
Over usage and high dosage can adversely affect the liver.
Learn More on WebMD here
Hibiscus is a beautiful addition to your garden either indoors or out. In a previous article, I recently wrote on site titled Can Hibiscus Grow Indoors you can learn how to grow your own.
Hibiscus is available in many forms for purchase dried, supplement, in premade tea bags and more. However, the pleasure in growing this magnificent flower and the benefits of fresh make it a worthy addition to your indoor herb gardens.
⇓ You can get started with some starter plants or seeds listed below. ⇓
Are you currently using hibiscus to treat a medical, skin or hair issue? I would love to hear from you! Let’s start a conversation and add to the list of Hibiscus uses and benefits for others to explore.
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