Latin name: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Other names: Roselle, Karkade
Hibiscus tea or Sudan mallow is a delicious drink with an unusual action. It is highly appreciated in Malaysia and India and in Egypt is almost a “national drink”. The infusion of hibiscus flowers have a red color and slightly sour taste, it is a merit of large amounts of vitamin C and organic acids – malic, citric and hibiscic acid, is also an excellent source of calcium and minerals.
The infusion of hibiscus works by stimulating the immune system (strengthens the immune system), it is therefore recommended to persons with reduced resistance as well as everything else in the increased incidence of infections such as the flu or a cold brew also reduces fever. In addition, Hibiscus tea has antioxidant (eliminates free radicals), lowers blood pressure and prevents atherosclerosis.
It is also used when constipation, affects also great on liver function (protects the liver parenchyma). Hibiscus also increases diuresis (diuretic), so it can be used during cleansing treatment and during weight loss, restrict the gastrointestinal absorption of carbohydrates by inhibiting the digestive enzyme amylase. It also affects a relaxant effect on the muscles of the uterus so it is recommended for use during menstruation. The infusion or decoction of hibiscus can also be used externally for soothing effect on the skin, it reduces swelling and anti-inflammatory.
It is used to treat acne and other skin lesions, also reduces pores. With the infusion can also do compresses to the eyes to reduce puffiness and “bags” under the eyes, act toning and treat inflammation of the conjunctiva. Hibiscus is often used as a kitchen for preparing desserts, with dried flowers can also make a tincture of hibiscus.