Health Benefits of Hibiscus
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Here in Florida, hibiscus is a beautiful flower that brightens up many gardens (mine included). This plant grows primarily in tropical and warm regions, but it can also grow seasonally in other areas where the climate is warm for only part of the year. Fresh and dried hibiscus flowers are edible, and can be made into a tasty herbal tea. Hibiscus tea is extremely healthy, containing vitamin C , vitamin A, zinc, various minerals and antioxidants. Furthermore, it also contains 15-30% organic acids, including malic acid, citric acid, flavonoids, polysaccharides, and tartaric acid.
To make hibiscus tea, simply add 2-3 teaspoons of dried hibiscus petals to 2 cups of water, bring it to boil then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Afterward, strain it and add raw honey and/or lemon juice for taste. Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink throughout the world and is often used as a medicinal tea.There are many health benefits in drinking hibiscus tea: lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, protecting liver, digestive system, immune system, and inflammatory response, reducing risk of cancer, helping with weight loss by speeding up metabolism. Hibiscus tea can be consumed hot or cold, is low in calorie and caffeine-free. Lastly, did you know that the lathery and mucilaginous nature of hibiscus helps to condition the hair and keep it bouncier?
To condition hair, prevent split ends or premature graying, rid of dandriff, with hibiscus:
- put 8-10 fresh hibiscus flowers and leaves into a grinder
- add 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt
- add 1 tablespoon of honey to the paste and mix well
- apply to dampen hair
- wear a shower cap and leave the paste in for 30 minutes
- rinse it off with water, then shampoo hair as usual
- repeat this process once a week
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