Hibiscus Uses - Hibiscus Tea - Uses Of Hibiscus Leaves And Flowers

by VioletteRose

Hibiscus flowers are used to make colorful hibiscus tea. Hibiscus also make beautiful ornamental plants, and they have excellent medicinal uses as well as cosmetic uses.

The flowers of many hibiscus varieties are edible and their leaves are used as a natural shampoo from a long time. As you all know there is a wide variety of hibiscus plants with beautiful flowers in many different colors, the most common variety being the red colored hibiscus. Even with in the same color, some of them come in a single layer of petals while some other varieties have multi layered petals. This is a tropical plant which is also known as rose mallow since it belongs to the family of mallow. The flowers are also known as shoe flowers.

It is the hibiscus with red flowers that is well known for its uses. The bright red flowers have medicinal and culinary uses while the leaves are mainly used for hair care. In India and China, the flowers are traditionally used for medicinal purposes from a long time.

Red Hibiscus Flower Image

Hibiscus (Red)
Hibiscus (Red)

Red Layered Hibiscus Flower Image


Why hibiscus flowers are also called as Shoe Flowers?

Long time back, the flowers of these plants were dried, powdered and used as a polish for shoes. That is why they are also called shoe flowers!

In todays world hibiscus powder is mainly used in the kitchen to add flavor and natural color to foods like jams, teas and other drinks like cocktails. They also have medicinal value and sometimes they are infused into hair oils for added benefits.


Hibiscus Tea | Colorful Herbal Flower Tea

In many countries, fresh hibiscus flowers are used in food. I remember my grandmother preparing a side dish for rice from the petals of red hibiscus, which had a distinct flavor and I loved it.

There is a famous Egyptian Hibiscus tea known as karkade. Hibiscus tea is considered to be a good source of vitamin C and hence they are considered effective for cold and flu treatments. It is also said to be helpful in regulating blood pressure. Having hibiscus tea regularly is said to be good for our heart and respiratory system.

Hibiscus Leaves and Flowers For Hair Care

The leaves and flowers of red hibiscus are extremely good for hair. If you have red hibiscus in your garden, you can blend the leaves and flowers together with enough water, filter and apply in your hair and scalp and then rinse off after few minutes. This acts as a great conditioner as well as a natural cleanser.

Regular use of hibiscus leaves or flowers in hair care can help prevent damage to hair and it may also help to promote the growth of hair. Like henna, hibiscus also give a cooling effect once applied to the scalp. You can also add hibiscus powder to your henna mix to enhance the color.

In today's market products enhanced with hibiscus are available for hair and body care.

Growing Hibiscus And A Fun Activity With The Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus is a tropical plant and can be easily grown in tropical and sub tropical regions with warm temperatures. They are usually grown from the stem cuttings from existing plants, but hibiscus seeds are also available in market which can be very helpful in growing these plants if you are new to growing hibiscus. However, growing from seeds need little bit more work and patience. I have never grown hibiscus from seeds, but from what I understood the seeds need to be nicked to allow moisture inside which will make the germination easy. 

I had two red hibiscus plants in my parents home, they didn't need to be watered daily. But I remember they flowered daily with lots of red flowers in all branches and as children we would pick the flowers and sometimes blow through the petals to inflate them, that was so much fun to do! To inflate the hibiscus petals, you need to separate a petal from the flower, cut it through the lower thick end which is narrow and then blow through the white cutting, watch out to see the entire petal inflating! You can do this even better if you gently squeeze the petal with out tearing it, before blowing.

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Updated: 04/04/2016, VioletteRose
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VioletteRose on 01/09/2015

Hi paperfacets, I too love hibiscus tea, but never tried the iced Mexican style tea. Thanks so much for reading!

paperfacets on 12/13/2014

Iced Mexican style is my favorite way to enjoy hibiscus. Mexican markets always have this in big bins.

VioletteRose on 06/06/2014

Thanks Tolovaj for stopping by :) Red hibiscus has many different uses in addition to the use in tea.

Tolovaj on 06/04/2014

I use hibiscus tea all the time, but never had idea how versatile it actually is. Thanks for teaching me something new.

VioletteRose on 03/31/2014

Thanks for visiting again :) They are so pretty and I love the pink and red ones more.

DerdriuMarriner on 03/31/2014

I came back for a second visit. Hibiscus has been on my mind lately. It's such a lovely flower, and I enjoy cinnamon hibiscus tea.

VioletteRose on 02/19/2014

Thank you, I agree :) I think that can be used as a natural substitute for food colors too!

ologsinquito on 02/19/2014

I like the organic hibiscus powder you featured. There are so many natural remedies, more than you could possibly use in several lifetimes.

VioletteRose on 02/11/2014

Thank you all for your kind comments :)

WriterArtist on 01/25/2014

I love these flowers and I want to plant them in my small garden. BTW , I loved the hibiscus in your introductory photo.

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