In today’s world, hibiscus flowers are usually the sign of an impending luau, but for generations they have served as so much more. Hibiscus is a bushy plant with vibrant colored flowers, ranging from white to some of the most vibrant oranges. However, the native color of this plant is red.
First recorded growing in tropical parts of Africa, it is commonly used to make tea in Egypt (karkade) and Iran (sour tea). Hibiscus flowers are full of potent leaves that are often used for their healing and beneficial properties. However, tea is not the only edible produced by these beautiful flowers; hibiscus is also used to create jams, soups and sauces, with most of the hibiscus farming now happening in Mexico and Jamaica.
The History of Hibiscus
The hibiscus has a long history in African, Egyptian, Iranian and even European cultures. While at first, this beautiful flower was used for its scent as a perfume and odor reducer, its healing properties were soon discovered.
Those in the middle east have been using this plant for ages to help maintain body temperature, heart health and hydration. In Africa and Europe, the plant is used to support upper respiratory health, and promote circulation.
People in Thailand historically drank hibiscus tea (or karkade) to help “quench their thirst,” which isn’t far off as it has been known to help retain fluids.
Benefits From Hibiscus Today
Today, hibiscus flower is still used around the world for the benefits it supplies. The most common natural uses of the hibiscus plant in current times include:
- Supporting The Upper Respiratory System: Hibiscus flowers are used all over to help keep the upper respiratory tract healthy and efficient, while soothing the throat when taken as tea.
- Maintaining Body Temperature and Healthy Blood Pressure: In short, hibiscus keeps our fluids moving throughout, helping administer the correct transfer between systems and keeping circulation fresh. It also doesn’t hurt that hibiscus flower is rich in vitamin A, B, C and D, while also providing potassium and iron.
Hibiscus Helps With Constipation: It has been said that hibiscus tea can work like a laxative, and helps treat constipation. Part of this is because hibiscus helps your body retain important fluids, which may just be what you need to keep things moving.
Hibiscus flower brings a lot of benefits to our body, especially when consumed as a tea. For years, hibiscus has been used to help with constipation, and to maintain healthy blood pressure and upper respiratory systems.