Hibiscus plant’s botanical name is Hibiscus rosa sinesis which belongs to Malvaceae family. It is known as China Rose, Shoe Flower in English and Gudhal, Japakusum in Hindi.
It is a native to China, globally distributed in the Pantropics. Within India, it is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens throughout and often planted as a hedge or fence plant. It is a bushy, evergreen shrub or small tree growing 2.5–5 m (8–16 ft) tall and 1.5–3 m (5–10 ft) wide, with glossy leaves and solitary, brilliant red, flowers (multi colours also) in summer and autumn.
It’s flowers contain cyanidining diglucoside, cyaniding, flavonoids and vitamins, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. Leaves and stems also contain β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, taraxeryl acetate and three cyclopropane compounds and their derivatives.
Parts Used –
Flowers and leaves of hibiscus are used for medicinal purposes.
• Leaf paste- 10 to 20 g
• Flower powder- 10 g
Hibiscus flowers juice only increases stamina but also removes the problem of anemia. Just grind the hibiscus flower buds and keep the juice in a tight box and consume it regularly.
• Skin Problems
Vitamin C is found in abundance inside hibiscus. At the same time, it is also full of antioxidant properties, due to which not only the wrinkles of the face are removed but also scars, spots, acne are cured. For its use, boil the flower in water and make a paste. Now mix honey in this paste and apply on the face.
It is very helpful in preventing aging. Its leaves are no less than an elixir for those women who are facing the problem of anti-aging.
Hibiscus is very useful in removing free radicals from the body. Its use not only slows down the aging process, but women also look beautiful and young.
The paste of the leaf and flower of hibiscus is processed in sesame oil and the prepared oil is used for external application over the scalp for strengthening of hair root and in conditions of alopecia.
People who consume a large amount of food rich in carbohydrates complain of weight gain.
In such a situation, tea made from hibiscus it’s is quite energetic, so the person who consumes it does not feel hungry for a long time. Along with this, the digestive system also improves. It removes unnecessary fat and it is also useful in reducing weight.
Hibiscus is useful in fighting high blood pressure. The tea made from it not only normalizes the heart rate but also makes the person feel relaxed. One has to consume hibiscus tea regularly to get a better result.
• Irregular Menstruation
Hibiscus is very helpful in removing menstrual irregularities in women.
It normalizes the level of estrogen in the body. In such a situation, tea made from hibiscus leaves is useful in removing the problem of menstruation.
• Improves Memory
Those who are troubled with less memory, they should consume the powder made by grinding this flower with milk. By doing this the memory increases. It is very useful in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
The tender buds and flowers of hibiscus is consumed to act as contraceptive
It is a good remedy to remove the problem of constipation and strengthen the digestive system.
• Mouth Ulcers
In mouth ulcers problem chewing hibiscus leaves are helpful to treat the ulcers.
Side Effects –
• If hibiscus tea is consumed in more quantity, then there is a possibility of the person getting more sleep . In such a situation, do not consume hibiscus tea while driving or before going out.
• The use of this plant removes the problem of high blood pressure. But people who are troubled by low blood pressure should not consume it, it can be harmful for their health.
• Pregnant and breastfeeding females should avoid use of Hibiscus.
☆ The hibiscus flower has contraceptive action and hence women desirous of having progeny should avoid using it internally.
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