Hibiscus flowers have an incredible effect on overall health, providing protection against free radicals and infections
Hibiscus flowers make us think of Hawaii, exotic drinks, and iced tea. Well, if by any chance you didn’t know, hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii. It’s more than just a flower ladies wear behind their ear.
Hibiscus is a beneficial plant rich in antioxidants. It’s a good source of anthocyanins and flavonoids. Does it get any better than this? Hibiscus extract can also improve liver steatosis, a condition in which high levels of fat accumulate in the liver, leading to liver failure.
Hibiscus can improve your health in so many ways, and we have listed some of its greatest benefits:
1. Blood sugar
A cup of fresh hibiscus tea will keep your blood sugar under control. High blood sugar has a terrible impact on your nerves, vision, and kidneys. It may also develop in a serious health condition such as heart disease.
An animal study showed that oral application of hibiscus flower extract for 21 days lowers blood sugar level by up to 60%. Impressive, right? However, do keep in mind that these were animal studies that used a concentrated dose of the extract. Experts need to conduct more studies to determine the real power of hibiscus on human health.
Research has shown that hibiscus lowers cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of developing heart disease. Hibiscus flower extract lowers total cholesterol by 22% all while elevating good cholesterol. Saponins in hibiscus flower bind to cholesterol preventing its absorption in the system.
3. Blood pressure
Hibiscus tea regulates blood pressure. Consume sour tea made from Hibiscus sabdariffa for 12 days to lower your systolic blood pressure by 11.2%. It’s the blood pressure exerted when your heart is pounding.
Hibiscus tea also lowers your diastolic pressure by 10.7%. it’s the blood pressure exerted while your heart is “making a break” between beats. These results were confirmed in a study focused on hibiscus tea and its effect on hypertension.
4. Hair growth
In the past, women have crushed hibiscus leaves into a paste to remove any dirt from their hair. Hibiscus was praised as a powerful plant with incredible ability to boost hair growth.
Today, science has revealed that Hibiscus rosa sinensis leaf extracts really do improve hair growth. It’s time for your hibiscus treatment!
Hibiscus tea is a great remedy for wounds or nicks. Oral application of hibiscus rosa sinensis flower extract accelerated the healing of wounds and boosts skin growth in rats. Experts compared the results to the healing process of rats whose wounds weren’t treated with the extract.
6. Skin cancer
UV rays and dangerous chemicals may cause abnormal skin changes, and eventually lead to cancer. Topical application of hibiscus rosa sinensis before your daily walk in the sun restores protective enzymes in your body, thus preventing cellular damage. The same treatment provides protection from benzoyl peroxide.
Hibiscus flowers improve the function of T and B cells, helping your body fight a nasty infection. Don’t forget your cup of hibiscus tea! Your body needs it.
Use of hibiscus in Ayurveda
Hibiscus is a common remedy in Ayurveda. It has been used for its excellent healing power since ancient times.
Bhavaprakasha recommends pounding hibiscus flowers with sour gruel and using the mixture as a contraceptive. Experts suggest taking a little jaggery after using this method.
In Ayurveda, experts apply a paste made from hibiscus flowers and Aamalaka (Emblica Officinale) to prevent the premature occurrence of silver strands in the hair.
People used to pound hibiscus bunds and some milk to treat gynecological disorders.
Hibiscus iced tea treats fever and makes for an excellent summer drink.
Hibiscus is healthy and beneficial for your overall wellbeing, but experts have warned pregnant or breastfeeding women to avoid using it. It’s not recommended for people with low blood pressure and those who take medication to regulate their blood sugar.