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Natural home remedy - Hibiscus

'A thing of beauty is a joy for ever' said John Keats. Flowers not only give happiness and joy to the senses, but also health to the body. We all appreciate the beauty, the vibrant colours, and the aesthetic appeal of flowers. What most of us are unaware of, is that they also contribute to our health in various ways. There are a lot of flowers that are edible and are good for health. We must remember though, that not all flowers are edible.

There are myriad varieties of the rose and hibiscus. It is practically impossible to list all of them and discuss their health benefits. The common ones used in herbalism are the Hibiscus rosa sinensis and Rosa centifolia, which are discussed here.

Health benefits of Hibiscus rosa sinensis

Hibiscus rosa sinensis has been used in Siddha medicine, (traditional Tamil medicine from the South of India ) for many centuries. It is considered a laxative, aphrodisiac, and a emmenagogue (stimulates menstruation). It is a blood purifier and is good for curing cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), cough, syphillis, and gonorrhea. It is also said to be a very good natural source of vitamin C.

My mother swears by the hibiscus flower. She was suffering from chronic constipation, and only a person who has endured constipation knows how bad it really is. A couple of petals of the hibiscus flower every night, has totally cured her. She no longer suffers from it.

Hibiscus health benefits and home remedies

Medicinal uses and home remedies with Hibiscus

Hibiscus tea health benefits

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Hibiscus has a mild flavour and is used to make tea in many cultures throughout the world. To make the tea, pour boiling water over 1 to 2 tbsp of the petals of the flower and keep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and drink.

Edible flowers: Rose