Updated: Nov 24, 2019
Also called agua de jamaica, jamaican sorrel, roselle, sour tea, red sorrel and zobo tea.
Hibiscus is a bushy annual plant found in central and western africa, asia, west indies and americas. It has flowers that are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals. The flowers vary from white to pink, red, orange, peach, yellow or purple.
Applicable parts used
Flower, calyx or sepal, leaves, stems, and seed
Symbolizes delicate beauty and divination
Organs & systems affected
Used to energize the chakras and unblock nerves of the spine
Mechanism of action
Anti-inflammatory, lactating, laxative, wound healing, hypotensive, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, antihelmintic, abortifacent, aphrodisiac, demulcent, emmenagogue, emollient, expectorant, stomachic, and tonic
Tart and cooling
Vitamin c, anthocyanins, polyphenols, vitamin e, antioxidants, flavonoids, fatty acids, iron, zinc, and b vitamins.
Orally, hibiscus has been used for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, anxiety, colds, urinary tract infections (utis), kidney and bladder stones, stomach mucous membrane inflammation, circulatory conditions, and for dissolving phlegm. It is also used to increase the absorption of vitamin b12 from oral supplements
Precaution & adverse reactions
Generally tolerated well but may cause stomach upset if used in large amounts.
Hibiscus may interact with antidiabetics, antihypertensives, chloroquine, and simvastatin
Pregnancy and lactation
In pregnant women, hibiscus may have a menstrual stimulating effect
Herbal infusion: 1-3 tsp dry herb in 8 oz of water as tolerated
Dyslipidemia: 1 tsp of dry herb hibiscus 2 grams in 8 ounces of boiling water, steep for 20-30 minutes, twice daily for 4 weeks
Hypertension: hibiscus tea 1-2 grams brewed in 8-10 oz of water, one to three times daily for 2-6 weeks
Our favorite pairings
Rose hips, lemongrass, cinnamon
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