Hibiscus is a type of flowering plant, also known as rose mallow, hardy hibiscus, rose of sharon, and tropical hibiscus. Hibiscus has great importance in Hindu culture.
The red hibiscus is known as the flower of the Kali maa, and appears frequently in depictions of her in the art of Bengal, often with the goddess and the flower merging in form.
The hibiscus is used as an offering to goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship. Apart from that hibiscus has been used since ancient ayurveda for centuries now.
It is found in various colours including red, purple, yellow, pink and white and it grows primarily in south-east Asia.
In ayurveda it is also known as Japa Pushpa. Hibiscus flower has a lot of medicinal properties. For using hibiscus flower you can directly get hibiscus powder from any shop and use it.
You can also make hibiscus powder at home using a hibiscus flower.
- 1 How to make Hibiscus Powder at home
- 1.1 9 Health Benefits of Hibiscus Powder
- 1.2 How to use Hibiscus Powder For Maximum Benefits
- 1.3 5 Amazing Benefits of Hibiscus Powder for Skin
- 1.4 5 Benefits of Hibiscus Powder For Hair
- 1.5 5 Side Effects of Hibiscus Powder
- 1.5.1 Lower Blood Sugar Level
- 1.5.2 Lowers Blood Pressure
- 1.5.3 Surgery and Pregnancy
- 1.5.4 Might Risk Liver
- 1.5.5 Skin Irritation
- 1.5.6 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
How to make Hibiscus Powder at home
- Take 20-30 freshly plucked hibiscus flower and take out any remaining leaves out of it.
- Wash these flowers in water to make sure that there are no insects and pollen grains present in them.
- Take the flowers out of water and let them dry inside the house, you can also use cotton to remove any excess water present on flowers.
- Once the flowers have been dried of the water place them in a bowl and cover the bowl with a thin cotton cloth and use rubber band to tighten the cloth around the bowl. The purpose of the cloth is to keep the flowers dust free.
- Place the bowl in sunlight for 10-15 days and at the night time bring it in.
- After keeping the bowl in sunlight for 10-15 days, check the flowers for paper type texture and sound while you hold them.
- If flowers aren’t having paper type texture then place them again in sunlight for few more days.
- Once you get the papery texture take the flowers in a grinder and grind them till you get a solid powder.
- Place the powder in an air tight container.
9 Health Benefits of Hibiscus Powder
Hibiscus is diuretic in nature. Therefore it helps in easing constipation and to regulate bowel movements. It keeps the gastrointestinal system healthy and hence prevents colorectal cancer.
Helps in Losing Weight
Hibiscus lowers the absorption of glucose and starch, which helps in losing weight.
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Hibiscus is rich in Iron so it helps in increasing the Haemoglobin level in body and hence it can even help in curing Anaemia.
Cures Menstrual Pain
Hibiscus helps in balancing hormones within the body and hence it can cure menstrual pains.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Anti depressant nature of Hibiscus helps in reducing anxiety and it also helps in controlling mood swings.
Prevent the growth of cancer
Hibiscus powder has anti tumor and anti oxidant properties which prevents the growth of cancer cells. It has also been proved in research paper by Research Gate.
Cures common cold and cough
Anti bacterial and Anti inflammatory properties of Hibiscus reduces cold and flu symptoms. The cooling effect from hibiscus can also help in lowering a fever.
Good for Heart Health
Hibiscus has hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic properties which makes it perfect for heart health. It lowers the glycemic and lipid levels of the body and hence lowers the chances of blockage and even cholesterol disorders and circulation issues.
It also helps manage blood sugar levels and control diabetes. This is proved in this research by his whitepaper.
Helps in lowering Blood Pressure
Since Hibiscus is diuretic in nature, it increases urination and lowers blood pressure. Also it’s anti-inflammatory properties helps blood pressure to decrease.
How to use Hibiscus Powder For Maximum Benefits
Hibiscus tea is available in the market easily. You can either use that or use 500 milligrams of Hibiscus powder in your tea.
Please Note:- But for precautionary measures always consult your doctor before taking Hibiscus orally.
5 Amazing Benefits of Hibiscus Powder for Skin
Helps in preventing wrinkles
Applying Hibiscus Powder on skin gets rid of wrinkles due to its anti ageing properties.
Helps in regeneration of skin cells
Hibiscus is mild exfoliant which helps in regeneration of skin cells.
Removes Dead Skin cells
Hibiscus helps in removing dead and damaged skin cells and replaces them by new skin and it reveals softer and lighter skin.
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Helps in glowing skin
Hibiscus has anti oxidant properties which helps keep skin healthy and glowing.
Hibiscus has anti bacterial properties and Vitamin C, which helps in removing acne.
How to use Hibiscus Powder For skin
Make a face pack by mixing water and hibiscus powder and apply it on the face.
After 30 minutes wash this face pack with water.
5 Benefits of Hibiscus Powder For Hair
Reduces Hair Fall
Hibiscus powder strengthens root of the hair and might also cure alopecia (hair loss from scalp). Check out this research regarding the same.
Restores youth hair
Hibiscus powder helps prevent premature greying and promotes fresh hair growth.
Nourishes scalp and hair
Hibiscus powder has nourishing properties which nourishes the scalp and hair.
Hibiscus powder has anti inflammatory properties which helps in getting rid of dandruff.
How to use Hibiscus Powder For Hair Loss
- Make a hair mask by mixing water and hibiscus powder and then apply them all over the hair.
- After 30 minutes wash it with shampoo.
5 Side Effects of Hibiscus Powder
Hibiscus is generally safe when taken in medicinal amounts or applied externally. But it is always adviced that before using Hibiscus Powder always consult your doctor.
Possible side effects of Hibiscus Powder may include stomach upset, constipation, nausea, painful urination, headache or irritation in ears. Apart from these –
Lower Blood Sugar Level
As it is good for people with diabetes, it might also be bad for people with low blood sugar level. Check out this research regarding the same.
Lowers Blood Pressure
It is advised to people with low blood pressure to stay away from Hibiscus.
Surgery and Pregnancy
Hibiscus is possibly unsafe for pregnant and breastfeeding woman. So consult your doctor before taking Hibiscus in such case. Apart from it, people must stop taking Hibiscus Powder 2 weeks before surgery.
Might Risk Liver
If taken in high amounts Hibiscus Powder might risk the liver.
Some people might be allergic to Hibiscus so for them it might cause irritation when applied on skin or hair.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Is Hibiscus Powder safe before driving?
Yes Hibiscus Powder is absolutely safe during driving.
Can we increase the dosage of Hibiscus Powder?
It is generally safe to consume under 500 milligrams of Hibiscus Powder in a day. However if you want to increase the dosage you can consult the doctor.
What is the shelf life of home made Hibiscus Powder?
Homemade Hibiscus powder can be safely used for about 2 months if stored in a cool, dry and air tight condition.
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