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Common name Standardised: hibiscus
Other: roselle, ambashthaki
Botanical name Hibiscus sabdariffa
Overview There are over 200 species of hibiscus that can be found in the warm and tropical regions all over the world. Hibiscus grows on well-drained soils in the sunny areas. This plant is best known by its beautiful flowers. The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It can also speed up the metabolism and help in healthy, gradual weight loss. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants, while also helping in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.
Hibiscus is also one of the most renowned herbs used for hair growth. It has gained popularity because of its ability to stimulate hair growth even from dormant hair follicles in bald patches. The flower is an efficient remedy to put a stop to hair fall, encourage regrowth, and prevent premature greying.
Typical usage and preparations Most famously used as tea. Hibiscus tea is ruby red or deep magenta in colour and has a sour taste.
Hibiscus can be infused in coconut oil for external application on scalp and hair.
Precautions The possible side effects of hibiscus are not known.