What are the benefits of hibiscus?

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Hibiscus is originally from West Africa, and is a flowering shrub grown in many hot and humid regions. It is the main component of bisap, the famous Senegalese drink – hibiscus juice – which is also tasted in the West Indies and Mexico. In France, the garden is famous for its wonderful flowers but the therapeutic area is the most interesting. Hibiscus sabdariffa (called Sorrel of Guinea or Karkadé) is one of the medicinal plants that can be made into a decoction or other dietary supplement, sold exclusively in pharmacies.

A broad spectrum

Its therapeutic indications seem endless. Thanks to its flowers rich in vitamin C, phytosterols and flavonoids, hibiscus enhances vitality and helps relieve fatigue. Anthocyanins – pigments that give color to plants – are useful in preventing oxidative stress. Pectin and mucilage are useful for maintaining good digestion, effective detoxification, and good transit. This plant acts on many organs including the liver, making it a liver protector. Research is also being pursued to evaluate its use in some inflammatory diseases of the liver and kidneys.

anti stress

Hibiscus infusion has shown its relaxing effects for the body as it is a muscle relaxant. In addition, it lowers blood pressure thanks to its diuretic properties and studies show its ability to treat high blood pressure in the context of degenerative diseases. The cardiovascular field is also beneficially affected by this plant, which is rich in molecules.

Urinary comfort

hibiscus potted plant

hibiscus potted plant – source: spm

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and diuretic properties, hibiscus fights recurring cystitis and other urinary tract infections. Promotes renal elimination, and also prevents the formation of kidney stones.

line and traffic

Many injectables and supplements put it at the forefront because of its detoxifying and slimming effects. In case of overweight, it helps maintain blood sugar levels and slows down the accumulation of fats in the liver. Hibiscus also helps regulate the venous system by improving blood circulation. This especially relieves the feeling of heaviness in the legs.

hibiscus cultivation

red hibiscus flower

red hibiscus flower – source: spm

In the garden or as a houseplant, hibiscus radiates and brings exoticism. They are so ubiquitous that they are considered invasive in some sunny lands. Hibiscus Moscheutos cultivars compete in glowing red and purple colors: they bear the names Pink Passion, Griotte and Red Wine. The flowers of the Syriac Hibiscus cultivars range from violet to blue, passing through purple, white and fuchsia. You can also transplant the healing hibiscus Sabdariffa plant into a pot or in the garden, but it needs heat to grow again the following year. You can eat its fresh flowers in fruit salads and its sour-flavored leaves in delicious recipes.

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