From Hawaii to Thailand, hibiscus is a very common flower. They grow anywhere in those tropical countries. You can find different colors and sizes of hibiscus flowers from pink to yellow, red to white and even purple. It is a beautiful flower and also an edible plant.
Yes, hibiscus flowers and leaves can be eaten! In Asia, it’s usually just a flower that you can see around the backyard of many homes. Now that you are reading this, know hibiscus has many health benefits when consumed as tea or extract. Even Starbucks has its own herbal iced tea!
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Traditionally, hibiscus has been used as medicinal treatment for certain health conditions. In Egypt, it was used as diuretic drink. In Nigeria, it’s been a common way to treat constipation. As for these days, this flower has been continuously studied by clinical research to discover more health benefits. Regardless, let’s talk about the proven advantages.
1. Promotes Heart Health
This flower has flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are both antioxidants, that optimize the health of heart. So a regular drink of hibiscus tea every day is essential for the heart.
2. Has Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
These properties are helpful in getting rid of any conditions that are caused by bacteria or fungi. From intestinal parasites to cold and cough, you’d feel much better after drinking a cup of hibiscus tea.
3. Improves Digestion and Cures Digestive Disorders
A cup of tea is also a nice way to relax upset stomach, prevent constipation and treat other digestive problems.
4. Contains Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Hibiscus tea or extract is able to reduce body pain and inflammation, too. This is due to the high amount of polyphenols that are anti-inflammatory.
5. Prevents Gout
This drink is able to remove uric acid from the body. If there’s too much uric acid, gout starts to develop. So even before you suffer from the pain and swelling of this condition, better drink more cups of hibiscus tea.
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6. Helps People with Diabetes
Some diabetic people suffer from mild hypertension. To prevent this, hibiscus tea should be taken at least 2 times a day. Also, it can lower glucose levels.
7. Regulates Cholesterol
Ordinary people may also control their cholesterol levels with this tea drink. It lowers blood cholesterol (LDL) that ultimately prevents hypertension, stroke and even heart disease.
8. Heals Wounds
This has not yet been fully proven but it’s believed to heal wounds much faster.
Other than teas and extracts, the leaves of hibiscus can be eaten as well. It is consumed similarly as other green leafy veggies like spinach and kale. In Mexico, they dry the flowers to create sumptuous delicacy. It can be also used as jellies and jams.
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As what’s said already, this plant is more than just a beautiful flower. It is safe to eat and definitely promises some benefits for the health.
For those women who have difficulty with their menstrual period, hibiscus is a great natural remedy. It is able to stimulate menstruation and regulate the flow. But if you are pregnant, this is not advisable to take at all.
If you live in a tropical or warm weathered area, better plant some hibiscus around your backyard. This is easy to grow and provides you ingredients to make some delicious tea that you can drink daily. Plus, it’s a good addition to beautify the surroundings of your home. But most importantly, it’s all about the benefits you can get from consuming hibiscus whether as tea, extract or salad using its leaves.
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