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Medicinal Uses Of Hibiscus Leaves

By Madhu Babu
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Hibiscus is beautiful flowering plant that grows in tropical and warm regions. It has a distinctively pretty flower in its wide variety of species. It is the national flower of South Korea, Malaysia and Republic of Haiti. Considered as an auspicious flower in India, it is used in many rituals and offerings to the God. Apart of this, there are a lot of medicinal uses of Hibiscus leaves and flower. In the ancient Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda, it has been used for treating several ailments and conditions for centuries.

Uses of Hibiscus leaves are not only used medicinally, they are consumed in different forms and many a times used as ornamental offerings and general landscaping in gardens and parks. Hibiscus leaves are processed in various forms for different uses. Dried Hibiscus leaves are used as garnishing in various cuisines like Mexican. Its flower is used to make a form of tea that is popular in several countries with various names.

Medicinal uses of Hibiscus leaves are proved scientifically through various researches. A 2008 study has shown that consuming hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure. In Ayurveda, red and white Hibiscus are considered of high medicinal value and used in various forms to treat cough, hair loss and hair greying. It is also rich in antioxidants that are used for anti-ageing purposes. Tea of hibiscus leaf is also consumed to elevate mood.

Here are several medicinal uses of Hibiscus leaves.

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Conditioner for hair

Paste made of crushed hibiscus leaves and petals of its flower is used as a natural conditioner for hair. It is known to darken hair colour and reduces dandruff when applied after shampoo.

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Tea

Tea made of hibiscus leaves are popularly consumed in various countries because of its medicinal use. It is consumed without sugar to help as natural diuretic for people with kidney problems and to elevate mood during depression.

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Skin care

It has properties that are used in cosmetic skin care. In traditional Chinese medicines, Hibiscus leaves extract is used as an anti-solar agent by absorbing UV radiations and to treat several skin conditions like wrinkles etc.

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Reduces blood pressure

Studies on consumption of hibiscus leaf tea have proved to reduce blood pressure in many people suffering with high blood pressure. Hence it is recommended for regular dietary consumption to reduce blood pressure.

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Treat wounds

Oil extract of hibiscus is used for applying on open wounds and wounds caused by cancer. It is helpful during initial stages of cancer. It also helps open wound heal faster.

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Lower cholesterol

Hibiscus leaf tea is very effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Its content helps in preventing build up of plaque on the inside of arteries, thereby lowering your cholesterol levels.

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Cough and cold

Hibiscus leaf contains lots of Vitamin C which when consumed in the form of tea and other extracts helps to build immunity to common cold and cough. It will help you to get over your cold lot more quickly.

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Weight loss and digestion

It acts as a natural appetite suppressant, helping in dietary weight loss. Consuming Hibiscus leaf tea helps you eat lot less and digest food more efficiently to reduce build up of unwanted fat in your body.

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Regular menstrual cycle

Regular consumption of Hibiscus leaf tea helps women in lowering levels of estrogen in the body. This helps the body to maintain a balanced hormonal level helping it in regulating a proper menstrual cycle.

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Anti-ageing

Hibiscus leaves are rich in several antioxidants. These help in eliminating many free radicals present in your body thereby effectively slowing the process of aging and in some cases prolonging life.

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 1:04 [IST]
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