Habitat & Cultivation : Native to North Africa and South-East Asia, hibiscus grows in tropical regions around the world. It is primarily cultivated across Africa and in Thailand, China and Mexico.
Parts Used : Calyx (the outer base of the flower), flowers, leaves.
Constituents : The calyx and flowers contain flavonoids, including anthocyanins.
History & Folklore : “Hibiscus” means “plant that is consecrated to the ibis a bird held sacred in ancient Egypt.
Medicinal Actions & Uses : Hibiscus produces a refreshing tea with a pleasant taste that is both cooling and mildly sedative. This tea has soothing properties for hot and feverish conditions. The calyces, or outer parts of the flower, act as a gentle tonic and can alleviate colds, coughs, and chest issues. Additionally, they aid in digestion and mildly stimulate the appetite. Both the calyces and flowers contribute to reducing cholesterol levels. Hibiscus is known for its demulcent properties, providing mild soothing effects on sore or inflamed mucous membranes in the digestive and respiratory tracts.
Research : Various clinical studies have shown that hibiscus helps to lower high blood pressure.