What is the therapeutic importance of hibiscus?

Thanks to the diversity of natural remedies and its phytotherapeutic privileges, it is currently possible to take charge of your own health. Native to West Africa, hibiscus sabdariffa is a big part of it. There are several varieties, but this one belongs to the large Malvaceae (malvaceae) family. It is formerly planted in Southeast Asia, Mexico and Egypt. It is also a beautiful, iconic flower of Malaysia and South Korea. It is also known as rose tea, Empire tea, Guinea sorrel or roselle. This plant is composed of pectins, anthocyanosides, flavonoids and mucilages. It also has a high vitamin C content.

When do you need hibiscus?

It naturally promotes the treatment of certain diseases such as high blood pressure, stomach pain, diabetes and urinary tract infections. It lowers triglyceride levels and cures fever. This therapeutic plant also prevents stomach cancer and kidney stones.

It is more or less laxative, amply antiasthenic and ideally antispasmodic.

Hibiscus and herbal medicine

Hibiscus is marketed by herbalists or health food shops in the form:

  • Essential oil (massage for joint and muscle pain; stimulating, antiviral and natural toning action),
  • Extracts (reduction of cholesterol and suppression of leukemic cells),
  • Herbal teas or infusions (against anxiety and discomfort linked to depression, elimination of accumulated fat in certain parts of the body and slimming diet),

One can also have access to capsules, tablets, capsules or even juice.

What else you need to know about hibiscus

It is highly recommended for women who often have abnormal or painful periods. Indeed, it allows the normalization of the estrous cycle. It is also an antiphlogistic, analgesic, cholesterol-lowering and refreshing herb.


As a poultice, it eliminates skin diseases such as dermatoses, allergies and eczema.

This shrub can be particularly useful in the kitchen and is used to make exceptionally thirst-quenching beverages. The best way to take advantage of all its virtues is to extract the juice naturally or to steam it. The herbal teas of this plant are very, very beneficial on the metabolism (well-being and health). To prepare a good infusion, put 2 tablespoons of dried hibiscus in boiling water, let steep for 30 minutes, clarify and drink.

Warning and everything you need to know about its use

It produces an emmenagogue effect, which can eventually lead to premature deliveries. Therefore, its use is not suitable during the 9 months of pregnancy. For the infusion, if the consumption is stabilized between 3-8 cups/d, you have nothing to fear. It is also preferable that young children, especially those under 12, do not take hibiscus.


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