Hibiscus is a very beautiful flower which attracts everyone with its color and fresh odor. In India, hibiscus flowers are commonly grown in houses in garden as the flowers are very attractive. Our ancestors used this flower for puja/worship of deities and also used this as medicine for many ailments
There are many colored hibiscus varieties like pink, red, white and orange. Red colored hibiscus flowers are widely used in Ayurveda as they possess great medicinal properties
Few common names of hibiscus are japa pushpa in Sanskrit, dasavala in Kannada, chembarathi in Malayalam, japa or gudahala in Hindi, jaba in Bengali, jasus in Guajarati etc.
Medicinal Properties and Uses:
Hibiscus flowers have a sweet (madhura), astringent (kashaya) and bitter (tikta) taste. It is dry (rooksha) in nature and is light (laghu) for digestion. Hibiscus possesses sheeta or cold potency and can reduce the aggravated kapha and pitta dosha.
Healing and curing properties of hibiscus/japa pushpa:
Rakta Artava: Rakta Artava is excess bleeding during menstruation in woman. Here are few effective home remedies prepared from red hibiscus. Try any one of these remedies to cure rakta artava
- Get few fresh red hibiscus flowers and separate the petals. Heat a pan and add little ghee. Fry them in ghee for few seconds. Add rock candy to the fried hibiscus flowers and consume it. Also drink boiled and warm cow’s milk after eating this. This can be taken 2-3 times a day during heavy menstruation
- Take about 36gram of red hibiscus flower petals (wipe it clean) and add to it 4times of water. Boil on a low flame until it reduces to one part of it. Once cooled, mix 1 gram of patika (alum) powder and drink. For heavy bleeding, take this once in every three hours. Doing this will definitely help to reduce the bleeding within one day
- Take in equal proportion hibiscus roots and lotus roots. Pound it to fine choorna (powder). Add 1 teaspoon of this choorna to a glass of goat milk and drink daily for 3-4 times.
Mutra daha, Basti Shotha/ Dysuria or burning micturition:
- Kashaya/tea prepared from fresh petals of red hibiscus flower is very helpful in basti shotha. This Kashaya is also beneficial in fever and cough.
Boil 10-12 red hibiscus petals in a glass of water and boil for few minutes on a low-medium flame. Strain the tea and let it warm slightly. Add ½ tsp lemon juice and rock candy/organic sugar to the tea. Drink it warm three times a day.
- Dry hibiscus roots (roots from either red/white hibiscus) under shade and make choorna (powder) using a mortar pestle. Store it in a glass jar.
Usage: Mix ½ tsp of this choorna with honey and take it thrice a day.
- Get few fresh hibiscus flowers and dry them under shade. Crush them to powder and store it. To a vessel, add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil adding 2 tsp of dried hibiscus flower powder, 1 stick cinnamon and 1 tsp grated ginger. Keep the flame on medium low and boil it for 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame and strain the tea.
Usage: When the tea is warm, add organic sugar or rock candy or honey and mix well. Drink it twice a day
- Boil 1 cup of water adding 4-5 clean & fresh hibiscus petals. After a minute or two, switch off the flame and strain the tea. Add rock candy or organic sugar for sweetness and drink it
Hibiscus tea is a good source of antibiotic and antiviral property which helps to fight bacterial infections. It helps to cure common cold & cough and boosts our immune system thereby helping the body to fight against illness, flu and other infections. Hibiscus tea has a natural cooling effect on our body. It neutralize the body heat and helps in detoxification
Shwethartava (White discharge):
Fry few white hibiscus flowers in ghee and mix it with sugar candy and consume. Drink cow milk on top of it. White discharge will reduce in one week. It is okay if taken twice a day also. Reduce the quantity of hot/spicy, sour and salty foods. Intercourse is not advised during this course. Do not over expose to sunlight. Along doing all these, prepare Kashaya from Triphala choorna and douche the vaginal tract in the morning at least once to get relief from the problem at the earliest.
Pooya Meha: This is a kind of disease seen both in men and women. In women, feces will be passed through urinary tract and in men through Shishna (penis). Green or yellow colored stool comes out and stains the cloths. In men, burning urination is common in this. Ayurveda suggests medications which help to cure this disease along with the root cause of the disease.
- Consume about 30ml of white hibiscus flowers juice daily morning and evening. The juice of white hibiscus leaves can also be taken
- If white hibiscus flowers are available in plenty near you, get 2-3 fresh ones and eat it raw daily morning and evening. Also drink boiled and warm cow’s milk after eating the flower
Shukra kshaya (Decrease of semen): White hibiscus flowers and buds are very useful for men to increase vitality
- Dry few white hibiscus buds under shade and mix equal proportion of organic sugar/rick candy and pound to get choorna. Store it and use
Dosage: Consume 1-2teaspoon of this choorna along with buffalo milk and restrict intercourse for few weeks.
Rakta Atisara (bloody diarrhea): Diarrhea with blood/mucus in stool with cramping, bloating, fatigue etc. in referred as rakta atisara
- Mix 3-4 teaspoon red hibiscus flower juice in ½ glass butter milk and consume daily thrice. Follow this for at least 3-4 days continuously for good results.
Diet: Restrict the diet with only rice and buttermilk. It is good if you can be only with buttermilk.
Other uses of hibiscus:
- Hibiscus for eyebrows:
Dry few white hibiscus flowers under shade. Fry them and burn it completely. Crush it to get choorna/powder. Mix this choorna with jenumena (Beeswax) or bili malaam (white balm). Store this in a clean and dry container
This can be applied on the hairs on the eyebrows. Slowly rub the paste on the eyebrow hairs. It gives a good shine with a dark color. The hairs on the eyebrows become dark and look beautiful naturally. There will be no side effects at all.
- Hibiscus oil for hair growth:
- In a clean and dry glass bottle, add clean petals of 3-4 red hibiscus flowers. Pour virgin coconut oil or sweet almond oil into the bottle and shake well. Close the bottle and leave it in a sunny place for about 20-30days. Do shake the bottle often so that the nutrients from the petals get released into the oil. Now strain the oil and remove the leaves. Store this oil in another bottle and use for massaging your hairs.
Usage: For best results, massage the hairs with suitable amount of oil and leave it for an hour before you wash your hairs
- Take 5-6 red hibiscus flowers and separate the petals and leaves. Wipe it clean and crush using a mortar pestle. Heat 1 cup of virgin coconut oil and add this paste into it. Mix well and heat it for 2 minutes on a low flame. Switch off the flame and cool the oil at room temperature. Store it in a clean container.
Usage: Massage your scalp with sufficient oil and leave it overnight or for at least 1 hour before you wash your hair with a mild shampoo. Use it thrice a week
The hibiscus in this oil rejuvenates the scalp and coconut oil penetrates deep to nourish the hair strands. Massaging regularly with this oil also improves blood circulation and hence helps hair growth
- Premature greying of hairs:
Mix 250ml white hibiscus leaves juice with 250ml white hibiscus flower juice and 250ml gingelly oil. Boil this on a low flame until all the water evaporates and only oil remains. Switch off the flame and cool it at room temperature. Once cooled, add few drops of pure essential oil* of your choice and store it in a clean & dry bottle
Dosage: Take 1-2teaspoon of this oil in a bowl. Dip your fingers in oil and slowly massage on to the roots of your hairs. Hairs become strong, lengthy with natural color within 10-15days of regular usage.
Hibiscus is rich in nutrients like amino acids which promotes keratin, an important structure of our hair. Hibiscus infused oil encourages hair growth and also strengthens the roots
- To remove dandruff:
Soak 1 tablespoon of methi/fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. The next morning, drain the water and grind the methi seeds along with a bunch of rinsed hibiscus leaves. Add this paste into ¼ cup of buttermilk and mix well.
Usage: Apply this on your scalp and leave it for 1 hour. Wash it off using a mild herbal shampoo at least once a week
- Hibiscus Shampoo:
Take about 12-15 hibiscus leaves and 3-4 flowers. Rinse them well and wipe it clean. Add them into a bowl along with a cup of water. Bring it to boil over a medium flame for 5-8 minutes. Switch off the flame and bring it to room temperature. Now add about 1tablespoon of gram flour/besan and mix it well
Usage: replace your regular shampoo with the above mixture.
The hibiscus leaves in the shampoo produce slight lather and helps to cleanse the hair. This shampoo is an excellent choice for your scalp health and retains the natural oils without making your hair dry
- To remove pores:
Take 3-4 fresh hibiscus flowers and remove the petals. Wipe it clean and using a mortar pestle, crush them adding little water to paste. To this paste, add half a teaspoon of honey and mix well.
Usage: Apply this paste all over the face and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse off to remove impurities and pores
Hibiscus removes dirt, pores and excess oil effectively without harming the skin. Hibiscus contains natural surfacants property which deep cleanses the skin without losing its natural oils. Hibiscus stabilizes the water and oil content which allows cleaning the pores without making the skin dry or stiff
The parts of the herb hibiscus like flowers, leaves, roots etc. are used to cure many diseases and if noticed, they are much useful for diseases related to women. So all the women there please plant this in your garden and use the herb without fear.
The information & Remedies provided on the website is for informational purpose only and has to be approved by your doctor before proceeding for self-medication. Any remedies and its benefits and uses given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether to treat any common ailments you or your family members may suffer without consulting a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or Doctor.
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