Their big beautiful blooms will captivate you immediately. But this flower has more than just natural beauty. It actually has a few other great health and beauty benefits to offer. I posted this picture on Facebook and one of my students mentioned that in her country, Panama, they used Hibiscus as a natural shampoo and hair color enhancer. This sparked my curiosity to learn more. I know Hibiscus tea is very good for you but here are the things I uncovered about Hibiscus.
- Added to tea blends for it’s antioxidant benefits.
- Can potentially reduce blood pressure in individuals with type-2 diabetes.
- Is the source of hydroxycitric acid…don’t know what that is? I’m sure you have seen the commercials for Hydroxy Cut! In lab animals it cuts the absorption of carbohydrates.
- Used to stimulate hair growth and prevent pre-mature graying in Ayurvedic medicine.
- In India the leaves and flower are burned and used to make eye shadow.
- In the Polynesian islands including Hawaii it is used as a hair ornament.
- Mild shampoo for babies.
- Mix hibiscus extract and extra light kukui oil to create maximum sheen while it calms and seals hair.
- Called “show flower” as the flower was used in some countries to polish shoes.
- Effective against dandruff.
How have you used Hibiscus in your formulations? Please share you experiences with Hibiscus below.