Hibiscus - The Naturally Cooling Herb

Hibiscus - The Naturally Cooling Herb

What is Hibiscus?

Hibiscus is a type of flowering plant that is also known as Hibiscus sabdariffa. The genus of Hibiscus is quite a large number of hundreds of different kinds of hibiscus ranging from warm yellows to dark reds in color. Hibiscus is native to warm temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions. These warmer regions include Thailand, China, Mexico, Nigeria, and Jamaica to name a few. Hibiscus is widely used for cosmetic, culinary, and medicinal purposes. A more well-known use for hibiscus is as an herbal tea. This is because when drinking hibiscus could help to lower cholesterol, manage blood pressure, improve digestion, and relieve menstrual pain.




Hibiscus - The Naturally Cooling Herb

 

Hibiscus is known to be a "refrigerant". Refrigerant herbs are known for cooling the body, especially in hotter temperatures. Hibiscus tea was the go-to drink for ancient Egyptians when tasked to travel through the hot desert climates. Today many use the same customs of drinking hibiscus (hot or iced) as a refreshing drink in order to withstand the beaming hot sun.

Hibiscus cools the body's temperature by hydrating and gently cleansing the digestive system. It acts as a diuretic that allows for a smooth flow by dislodging the blockages and congestion that excess heat will create. Hibiscus also helps clear out mucus where heat and inflammation could often build up.

Benefits: Antimicrobial, antioxidants, astringent, anti-inflammatory, refrigerant, diuretic, immune boosting

Safety: Hibiscus is considered an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow), so avoid large doses during pregnancy.

Doses: Limit consumption to 2-3 cups a day

 

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