Hibiscus Sabdariffa, known as Flor de Jamaica or Abyssinia rose tea, is a shrub plant belonging to the Malvaceae family. Hibiscus sabdariffa is native to the West Indies, but it is also widespread in Asia (India, Sri Lanka) and Africa (Ethiopia, Sudan). It is one of the rare plants that has documented hepatoprotective properties, or is able to protect the liver from the harmful actions of chemical drugs. It is also stated that it has marked blood pressure regulators. Hibiscus is used in phytotherapy for internal use for its refreshing, refreshing, laxative, diuretic, vitaminizing, angioprotective and anti-inflammatory properties, while for external use it has soothing properties. Hibiscus is therefore used for internal use in the treatment of constipation and hepatic disorders. For external use, Hibiscus is suitable as an inflamation for inflamed skin.
The parts of the plant used in phytotherapy are flowers, but in some herbal preparations are also used leaves, seeds and roots. It has hypocholesterolemic properties as it is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. The leaves of Hibiscus have refreshing, emollient, sedative and diuretic properties. The flowers have a diuretic and anti-wrinkle action. The main active ingredients are: organic acids (ibis, citric acid, oxalic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid), anthocyanins, ascorbic acid, tannins and phytosterols.
WHY HIBISCUS IS AN EXCEPTIONAL PLANT?
1) Maintain the health of the heart: Different studies confirm the capacity of the hibiscus tea to reduce the systolic blood pressure up to 7%. It is thought that this could be due to flavonoids, which can help to dilate blood vessels. These results demonstrate that the beverage could treat problems such as hypertension and high blood pressure. Of course, further research is needed before the experts give a certainty. 2) Digestion and intestine: The chemicals present in the hibiscus tea have antibacterial properties and have a very delicate laxative effect, which can temporarily relieve symptoms related to constipation. Keeping the intestine active and moving is crucial because it affects the amount of water and nutrients that are absorbed. A lazy or blocked intestine leads to different health problems. Polyphenols stimulate the digestive system.