Apart from being a beautiful flower, there are many health benefits of hibiscus. No wonder people around the world enjoy its drink.
Hibiscus can be grown in gardens, and it is God sent for butterflies and hummingbirds.
They are known for their trumpet shaped, coloured flowers, which can make a garden, appear like heaven. Besides, they are one of the best decorative pieces for indoors and can be as big as six inches wide.
Though there are many colours, the red hibiscus is mostly used for medicinal purposes.
For that reason, our focus today is on the red hibiscus.
The medicinal components found in the plant are Vitamin C and minerals. The flowers on their part (if concoctions are prepared) are believed to cure ailments such as cough.
It can also be used to treat hair loss, and greying hair. For natural hair treatment with hibiscus, the flowers are dried, ground to fine powder, and mixed with some water to apply on the scalp.
You would be surprised to know that hair loss that occurs due to thyroid problems can also be prevented to some extent if you consume a cup of healthy hibiscus tea or apply a smooth hibiscus paste on the scalp.
Another benefit of hibiscus flower is that it can be used to remove head lice.
For those that have sweet tooth, this is for you. The taste of hibiscus tea is usually sour, as it is prepared from dried leaves, flowers, and calyces (center of the flower which has a cup shape).
Thus, the pulp or juice made from these leaves can treat skin wounds. Furthermore, due to the cooling effects of hibiscus tea, fever can also be reduced.
Did you know that the red flower used in preparing zobo drink is gotten from hibiscus?
So, entertaining your family and friends with zobo drink would not be a bad idea, as you would be contributing to their healthy state.
In recent times, this plant is becoming popular as an effective remedy for high blood pressure and hypertension.
For women, it can be the best health drinks because it contains all the essential antioxidants to fight against signs of aging. What’s more, it calms the hot flashes during menopause times.
Moreover, hibiscus tea is highly effective for curing acne not only in women but also in men.
In conclusion, it is exciting to see how the use of this simple, safe plant has evolved from home beverage to medicinal utilization. So next time you are out to buy a plant for your gardens consider a hibiscus plant.