Hibiscus – what is it, what is it for and how to use it!

Hibiscus is a medicinal plant that can be used to help with weight loss diets , blood pressure control and liver problems .

It is also popularly known as Rose-da-china, Mimo-de-Venus, Flor-de-grease, Grease-of-student and Lion’s Maw, but its scientific name is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. This plant can be bought in natural products stores and some markets with the average price of 12 reais.

Its flowers can be used in teas or salads, and other parts of the plant can be used to make jellies, soups and sauces, making it a very versatile way to improve health.

What is Hibiscus?

Hibiscus is a plant native to China , Southeast Asia and the Polynesian Islands . From the Malvaceae family, with a tropical climate, it blooms all year in warm regions. It is popularly known as cardado, ibisco, vinegar, caruaru-azedo and other names.

This flower is the symbol of Hawaii and is a very cultivated plant in Brazil. It has several uses, both medicinal and cosmetics. In North Africa it is used as a natural coolant for the body.

Hibiscus is well known and used in our country, its main use is in the treatment of depression and also in the reduction of cholesterol levels. Some types of Hibiscus can still be used in the hair cosmetics area. See now more benefits and uses that this plant can bring us.

What is Hibiscus for?

Hibiscus has several benefits and, therefore, it can be used to assist in the treatment of various health problems . This plant is good for:

1. Controls Blood Pressure:

According to a report by the American Heart Association, published in 2008, hibiscus tea helps to lower blood pressure in individuals with mild hypertension . As this drink has anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces blood pressure by up to 10 points. For this, it is necessary to drink at least 3 cups of tea daily.

2. Reduces Cholesterol and Triglycerides:

The tea of ​​this pure plant, without the addition of sweeteners, is able to reduce LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad”) and triglycerides, being indicated for people who have disorders linked to excess sugar, such as diabetes. Therefore, it is great for protecting against heart and vascular diseases.

3. Protects the Liver:

If you have liver problems, Hibiscus tea can be a great ally, according to a study published in 2000. It has antioxidant properties, which neutralize free radicals present in tissues and cells, and may even increase the lifespan of some organs like the liver.

4. Anticancer Properties:

The tea of ​​this plant contains a protocatechuic acid, which naturally has an antitumor function. Research from Taiwan’s Chung Shan University showed that the drink slows the growth of cancer cells, causing them to face apoptosis, that is, to automatically program themselves to “die”.

5. Relieves Menstrual Pain:

This tip goes to women: Hibiscus tea promises a hormonal balance capable of reducing the bad symptoms of menstruation, such as mood swings, depression and, especially, the pain of that moment. It’s worth the test, don’t you think?

6. Natural Antidepressant:

Another excellent advantage of the tea of ​​this plant is its antidepressant property, resulting from flavonoid vitamins and minerals. Thus, it is able to calm the nervous system and reduce anxiety and depression .

7. Improves Digestion and Helps Lose Weight:

Hibiscus tea is an excellent natural diuretic and regulates urination and bowel movements. Therefore, it is great for those who suffer from constipation and even helps you lose weight , as it makes your body absorb less glucose and starch.

How to use Hibiscus:

The used part of this plant is the flower, and the tea of ​​this plant is widely used to help with weight loss.

To make hibiscus tea: add 2 full tablespoons of dried hibiscus flowers , 2 sachets or 1 teaspoon of the powder in 1 liter of water at the beginning of boiling. Turn off the heat and cover the container for ten minutes, strain and drink.

To lose weight , take 3-4 cups of hibiscus tea daily, half an hour before main meals.

There are also capsules that contain powdered Hibiscus inside. These capsules are usually sold to those who are trying to lose weight and should be used according to the instructions on the box, as they vary by brand.

Hibiscus side effects:

Although it doesn’t happen to everyone, hibiscus can cause dizziness, weakness and drowsiness because it helps lower blood pressure . Thus, those who suffer from low blood pressure should not consume this plant in large quantities, even without medical advice.

Contraindications for Hibiscus:

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Hibiscus is contraindicated for people with low blood pressure, during pregnancy or breastfeeding, periods of PMS and women who are trying to conceive, as it alters hormones and can, in some cases, make pregnancy difficult and cause infertility.

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