Hibiscus tea

It is a native plant of tropical countries. It is believed to have originated in India and Malaysia and from there, it has been transported to Africa for thousands of years. Today, it is cultivated in Egypt, Sudan, Ceylon, Thailand, Mexico, etc.

Hibiscus is an ornamental shrub that has many varieties. It is a perennial or annual plant and its height reaches 2-2.5 meters. It is an angiospermic dicotyledonous plant, with serrated glossy foliage.

It blooms from August to October. The seeds ripen from October to November. There are about 200 trees that belong to the "family" of hibiscus. All parts of the plant, leaves, roots and calyx are useful.

The best quality of the herb is the one that grows in Sudan which is unfortunately degraded due to poor collection, drying and packaging. In Thailand, on the other hand, the processing of the plant is considered excellent.

The word hibiscus is Greek and this name was originally given to the plant Althea by Dioscorides.

In India hibiscus is a traditional medicinal plant used in Ayurveda. Research in this country has proven the antihypertensive and antioxidant activity of the plant.

Ingredients of Hibiscus

Hibiscus cup contains most of the nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The herb is rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids (gosipetin, hibiscetin and samdaretin) daphnyphylline (pigment), myrtiline, chrysanthemum and delphinidine.

Therapeutic properties and uses

  • Contributes to the good metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
  • Suitable for obese people suffering from constipation and increased lipids.
  • Good for weight loss as it activates the metabolism.
  • The flowers enhance the peristalsis of the intestine.
  • The seeds are used against atony.
  • Reduces systolic pressure in those suffering from type 2 diabetes.
  • It helps with cardiovascular diseases and is a vasodilator.
  • For the treatment of high blood pressure.
  • Contributes to good hair health and prevents hair loss.