Hibiscus for Health and Hair Care, Hibiscus Home Remedies, Hibiscus Tea

You may be familiar with hibiscus. This herb with the deep-red color besides being used as refreshing tea also has beneficial health properties, specifically for those looking to support cardiovascular health. Hibiscus is widely used in herbal home remedies. Hibiscus is used to make herbal tea which is good for health and the flower is used to take proper care of hair and skin.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus and Hibiscus Health Remedies

  • Lowers Cholesterol Level: Hibiscus is helpful in controlling your cholesterol levels. Scientific studies have shown that flower is able to lower the cholesterol content of the blood. It can also reduce your blood pressure level. Studies have shown that patients suffering from hypertension should drink hibiscus tea. 
  • Increase Hemoglobin: Hibiscus flowers are helpful for increasing hemoglobin in anemic people. Boil some flowers in small quantity of water and mix it with roasted cumin seeds. Add some salt to this mixture and mix well. You can also add water to dilute the mixture. Drink this mixture daily and this will help you to increase your blood count. 
  • RTI: Respiratory tract infections can be treated using hibiscus. Hibiscus has antibacterial properties which is helpful in treating infections and relieve illness like whooping cough and reducing fever. 
  • Indigestion: The problem of indigestion can also be treated using hibiscus herbal remedies. Hibiscus tea helps in relieving stomach aches and problems of indigestion and also promote good appetite and good health in general.
  • Cramps: Studies have also shown that your cramps can be relieved with hibiscus remedies. It helps prevent excessive bleeding during menstruation. It also relieves cramping and spasm associated with menstruation. 
Hair and Beauty Care Using Hibiscus 
  • Hair Care: Hibiscus flowers and leaves are widely used for hair care. Take some hibiscus leaves and flowers and add these to coconut oil. Heat the oil slightly. When it is cooled, strain the oil and massage this oil on your scalp . After about an hour wash and shampoo your hair. This oil massage helps in the growth of hair and prevent the hair fall. It will also check the dandruff on your scalp. It also prevents premature greying of hair. In case some people do not like to oil their hair, the hibiscus flowers can be made into pulp in the mixer and applied to the hair for half an hour and then rinsed out with water. 
  • Acne: Hibiscus is also a good remedy for acne. Make a paste using the leaves and flowers of hibiscus. Apply this paste on the acne affected area of your face. Keep this paste for few minutes and wash off with water. Repeat this daily till your acne goes off. 
  • Skin Care: Hibiscus is excellent for skin care. This flower is a natural source of alpha hydroxyl acid or AHA. AHA is a widely used ingredient in anti-aging products. It reduces wrinkles and delays skin aging. You can make a face pack by adding hibiscus with other skin care products, such as turmeric, milk, honey or rose water and blend these ingredients in a blender. This hibiscus-based face pack aids exfoliation, improves complexion and tightens skin. It can also help to reduce suntan and dark circles. 
Hibiscus Tea 
It is the tea which is used for general health. It has a cranberry-like flavor and its tartness is often offset by the use of sugar to sweeten the hot or cold beverage. Hibiscus tea is the infusion made from the calyces or sepals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower. These calyces are often called flowers, and labeled on the product as such. The tea is often made from fresh, dried, cut, or powdered “flowers.” There are tea bags available, hibiscus is often mixed with other herbs. To make the tea from fresh calyces or “flowers” obtained from health food markets, steep a handful in a cup of very hot water for 5 minutes. Sweeten to taste.