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The Domestic Uses of Hibiscus: 8+ Handy Tips
Even if you do not know about the hibiscus aka rosa-sinensis you must have seen it in your friends’ houses and offices before. The plant is extremely easy to look after when grown indoors but yet is it very useful as a part of holistic medicine.
For these numerous reasons it is very popular even among the rookie gardeners. If you have not tried growing rosa-sinensis yourself we bet that you will want to get one having read this article.
Let us tell you of the various hibiscus flower uses that you might find beneficial in your household. Both calyces and foliage are good for cooking, creating your own hair care products.
For centuries this plant has been used for the medicinal purposes.
Food and Drinks Ideas
You have heard about the Agua de Jamaica beverage that is very refreshing with its zingy taste. All you need to make it is water and some petals no matter if they are fresh or dried. Add some lime, lemon or even white rum for the festive taste.
What about cooking a rosa-sinensis loaf cake? Steep the calyces in water, honey and lemon juice for 15 minutes. Add this mixture to the ordinary loaf cake dough and you will have a unique dessert. Your guests will love the idea. Serve it with sour cream or honey.
You know that one of the most common uses for the hibiscus flowers is tea because it's health benefits. But if you drain the rosa-sinensis infusion than boil it with some ginger and honey, add gelatin to the mixture and you get the hibiscus ginger gelatin gummies.
Kids will definitely love it and you get to show how much you care for the family health.
Prepare a refreshing strawberry hibiscus granita. The recipe is very beneficial for the cold summer day. All you need is the rosa-sinensis infusion mixed with crushed strawberries and cooled in the freezer.
Use the hibiscus syrup and fresh flowers to create a beautiful classy champagne cocktail. Just add some syrup to the champagne and decorate each glass with a few petals that you get to eat in the end.
Hibiscus Flowers for Your Beauty
There are various uses of hibiscus leaves as well. Try fresh and dried hibiscus for making your own organic shampoo, conditioner and hair oil. This natural herbal remedy can help you with numerous scalp issues preventing split ends, dull or gray hair, just have a look at the following list we have prepared for you:
- The natural red hue of the petals colors your hair making it much brighter.
- Vitamins and antioxidants help improve the health of your skin thus prevent the hair fall.
- Smoothens and softens your locks.
- Stimulates the growth and thickness.
The hibiscus leaves might be used just as much as flowers. To make a domestic shampoo take about 3-4 fresh flowers and the same amount of leaves, crash them with pestle and mortar. Add water till you make a thick paste; add a few drops of olive oil. Apply this paste from root to tip and rinse it with lukewarm water after 15 minutes.
The conditioner recipe is easier to make, prepare the paste with water and petals only. Apply the paste to the scalp and rinse it with the lukewarm water in 10-15 minutes. Use the regular shampoo after that, you shall feel the difference immediately.
Oil made of rosa-sinensis blossoms and leaves is revitalizing your locks and strengthens the roots. What you need is coconut oil, a few leaves and a few petals. Crush the petals and the foliage just like in the previous recipe, add coconut oil and boil the mixture for a few minutes. Apply the mixture to the scalp, cover to keep warm and keep it for at least 20 minutes. Wash your locks with the regular shampoo, repeat the procedure weekly.
Now that you have so many amazing recipes for your beauty and health, do not forget to send us a picture of your beautiful hair.
And just in case you have your own ways of using hibiscus let us know and share it with others. We will be more than happy to publish them.
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