Vibrant and stunning the tropical Hibiscus flower has been used for centuries by civilisations across the world for decorative, beauty and medicinal purposes, the Hibiscus flower is much more than what meets the eye. Modern research too has revealed the innumerable medicinal properties of this vibrant flower whose petals, stems, seeds and leaves are used as therapeutic aids.
Physical Health Benefits
Hibiscus contains many beneficial compounds that act as antioxidants, including anthocyanins, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Hibiscus preparations may also help lower blood pressure, protect the liver, and decrease fasting blood sugar. Studies have revealed that Hibiscus works towards boosting the metabolism, protecting the liver from damage while its antioxidants help repair cells and protect from heart disease, fights bacteria and reduces inflammation.
Hailed as a symbol of beauty, femininity, happiness and hospitality hibiscus flowers are used extensively in the manufacturing of beauty care products around the world and even as DIY face and hair packs.
This high mucilage content of Hibiscus enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture, and is especially good for dry and sensitive skin. The gentle acids of its petals works as a natural exfoliator, removing dead skin and promoting a youthful glow while its Vitamin C content helps promote collagen. Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants which protect skin against damage caused by harsh sun rays and pollution. In powdered form, hibiscus hair masks fortify strands by bonding to the hair and adding strength and elasticity.
As this flower only blooms brightest for one day, many cultures consider it to be a symbol of ephermality, reminding us to seize the moment. A symbol of the Divine feminine the red flowers are used as an offering to the Goddess Kali as well as Ganesha, the Elephant God. Considered lucky if planted in the North of a household according to Vastu Shastra, and also a sign of welcome adorned on Hawaian garlands, the Hibiscus remains and will remain not only beautiful and magical but also therapeutic.
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