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What Is Hibiscus?

Hibiscus sabdariffa plants have vibrantly colored flowers and grow in the northern part of Africa and in Southeast Asia. Sudan produces the best quality of hibiscus when compared to all other hibiscus from around the globe. The leaves and flowers from hibiscus plants can be used in many practical ways. The plants have distinct and varied health benefits, such as an ability to counteract upset stomach, depression, fever, bacterial infections, high blood pressure (hypertension), constipation, cold symptoms, liver disease, heart disease and even cancer.

Hibiscus can also serve as a diuretic and thus can cause an increase in urine production. In addition, hibiscus helps to lower estrogen in the body, and doing so can help to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle. Because hibiscus leaves contain healthy amounts of numerous antioxidants, they are help with anti-aging.

It is truly incredible that one plant can provide so many benefits and adapt to such a variety of uses.

Uses of Hibiscus

Hibiscus offers a wide variety of uses. These include hibiscus tea, which tastes tart and is made from hibiscus leaves, flowers and parts from the flowers. It is also used as an ingredient in cold drinks, liquid extracts, ice cream flavors and medicines.

Hibiscus is also beneficial when applied to the skin for issues like wound healing and wrinkles. It can even be used on the hair as a conditioning, nurturing treatment in the form of a paste consisting of crushed hibiscus leaves and flower petals. The treatment also reduces dandruff and darkens hair color.