Hibiscus

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Hibiscus – Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

A showy flowering plant, that is eaten dried as a delicacy in Mexico, has a long tradition in herbal infusions.

History

Hibiscus comes from the Greek word for marshmallow and is also known as rose mallow.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, an old species that was grown as an ornamental flower in China, is believed to have been cultivated there for thousands of years. Although it appears to have been in cultivation throughout much of the Asian continent, early reports of hibiscus rosa-sinensis flowering around temples in China imply a Chinese origin, hence the name “sinensis”.

Benefits

  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Antioxidant
  • Infections
  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Stomach cramps (anti-spasmodic)
  • Menstrual cramps (anti-spasmodic)
  • Weight loss (There is an enzyme known as “amylase” in hibiscus, that breaks down starches and other complex sugars in the body)
  • Boost immune system
  • Constipation
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