The flowers, seeds and leaves of this solar plant are full of virtues for the good of your tension, your inner calm, your veins, your vitality, your line and your digestive system. Would it be a panacea?
Native to West Africa, the hibiscus is a flowering shrub that has grown in many hot, humid regions. It is the star ingredient of bissap, the famous Senegalese drink -hibiscus juice- that is also enjoyed in the West Indies and Mexico. In France, it is known in the garden for its splendid flowers, but it is in the therapeutic field that its field of action is most interesting. Hibiscus sabdariffa (called Guinea Sorrel or Karkadé) is one of the medicinal plants that can be transformed into an infusion or other food supplement, which is sold in particular in pharmacies.
Its therapeutic indications seem endless. With its flowers rich in vitamin C, phytosterols and flavonoids, Hibiscus sabdariffa reinforces vitality and helps ward off fatigue. Its anthocyanins, pigments that give plants their color, are beneficial for preventing oxidative stress. Pectins and mucilages are beneficial for maintaining good digestion, effective detoxification and good transit. This plant acts on several organs including the liver, which makes it a hepatoprotector. Research is also underway to evaluate its use in certain inflammatory diseases of the liver and kidneys.
Hibiscus infusion has shown its relaxing effects on the body as it is a muscle relaxant. In addition, it reduces blood pressure thanks to its diuretic properties and studies show its potential to treat hypertension in the context of degenerative diseases. The cardiovascular sphere is also beneficially impacted by this plant so rich in molecules.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and diuretic properties, hibiscus fights recurrences of cystitis and other urinary tract infections. By promoting kidney elimination, it would also prevent the formation of kidney stones.
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Several infusions and food supplements place it at the forefront for its detoxifying and slimming effects. In case of overweight, it helps maintain blood sugar levels and slows down the accumulation of fat in the liver. Hibiscus also helps tone the venous system by improving blood circulation. This noticeably relieves the feeling of heavy legs.
In the garden or as a houseplant, hibiscus radiates and brings exoticism. They adapt almost everywhere to the point of being considered an invasive plant in certain sunny terrain. Hibiscus Moscheutos varieties compete in striking red and purple colors: they go by the names Pink Passion, Griotte and Red Wine. The flowers of the Hibiscus Syriacus varieties range from mauve to blue, through purple, white and fuchsia. You can also plant the Sabdariffa therapeutic hibiscus in a pot or in the garden, but it needs warmth to regrow the following year. Its fresh flowers can be eaten in fruit salads and its sorrel-flavored leaves in savory recipes.
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