For our first post on TipsFromtheGarden we are going to learn how the Hibiscus Flower can make an great Natural Tea and help with health issues too. I found that the Hibiscus flower which are also a perennial tropical plant-flower so you can grow these beauty’s on the mainland as well as Hawaii. However, they need to be grown near warm weather like that of the sunny belt of Hawaii. Later on I will talk more about how to grow the Hibiscus if there is a interest in that subject? How back the to the health benefits of the Hibiscus. In recent studies, folks who have grown these beautiful flowers and have made tasty tea have discovered it can lower your blood pressure as effectively as some of your own standard drugs that your doctor may have given you. However, I must say before you ever try anything YOU MUST CONTACT YOUR OWN DOCTOR! I myself who has been on many different medication for over 10+years must tell you this is very important for you all out there. This is only interesting info for all to try under yur doctor guidance, and for everyone else to have fun. The Hibiscus comes in a wide variety of colors and plants which are consumed all over the world. As a ruby-color lemon beverage, the hibiscus is considered to be a safe and unlike most blood pressure drugs it rarely causes side effects if any. Plus the hibiscus plants can be grown in much of the US so you can actually grow your own blood pressure medicine. Besides blood-pressure medicine the hibiscus flower is infusion 50g can reduce blood vitamin C content of flavonoids and risk of free radical scavenger. It can also help the immune system as a beneficial effect on the function of the heart and the vascular diseases, kidney, respiratory infections and your liver. There have been a number of folks that believe that a healthy head of hair begins with an healthy scalp. Also cold and hot temperatures, stress and hair products can create an in-balance of the levels of moisture in your natural oils in your hair. These folks feel by using their product the hibiscus flower will refresh your scalp so that it will add a luster to your hair and you will have no more dandruff or itchy scalp.
The Ingredients– Pour 12oz of boiling water over 1TBS of dried hibiscus flowers in a heatproof measuring cup or large mug. Then cover the mug with a saucer to allow it to steep for 10 to 15mins. After it has steep for at least the 15mins or more let your tea completely cool, pour over your freshly washed and conditioned scalp and hair too. Then rinse with cool water until the water runs clear. From I found from these folks you continue to do this treatment until your hair and scalp feels less dry and itchy. So it might be worth giving it a try!
About the Hibiscus Flower-
The Hibiscus (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) has been used to treat high blood pressure in Africa and Asian Traditional medicines. In 1996 it is said that researchers in Nigeria confirmed this age-old wisdom by showing that the hibiscus flower does reduced blood pressure in laboratory animals-Note: Lets hope that no animals were harmed!!! Soon after it seemed that the researchers in Iran showed the same benefits too. Even in Mexico they have found that the hibiscus flower-brewed from 10grams of the crushed dried flowers which is about 5teaspoons per 1 to 2cups of water per once a day. They say do this for about four weeks; then you should see that the herb/dried flowers buds will have done as well as your prescription drug that you taken for your blood pressure. However, with all medication, allergies, reactions to medication you should always talk to your doctor first!
Growing Your Own Hibiscus Flower-
The Hibiscus is a perennial flower tropical plant, so you all may think that growing these beauty’s would be limited to the warmer climates of the world. Well not so! There are other places you can grow these beauty’s. In the US; there is Southerner Exposure Seed Exchange in Mineral,Va; For American growers the “Thai Red Roselle” is an variety of the Hibiscus which thrives as an annual as far north as New Jersey. These beautiful flowers have dark green leaves that develop red veins and undersides as they age. The stems and branches are also dark red. The temperate Zones of these beauty’s can vary. You should start your Hibiscus flowers in Pots just like you would your starter tomatoes. When the seedlings are about 3 to 5 inching high you can transplant them into a sunny place in the ground if you like. However, you can keep them in pots like I would. If you would rather keep them in the ground, find a sunny spot, spare your new plants 3 feet apart in rows 5 feet apart. This variety will help with growth. I would also use a mixture of homemade compost/or organic soil to help your plants get a good head-start. Note; Delay the planting to late in the season may make it so the hibiscus wont bloom within the year. The Zones of the Hibiscus is very important I have another post for which I hope I can find on Zoning. But the Hibiscus species is indigenous to eastern North America, can be grown in planting zones of 4-9. They thrive in full sun and in average to wet but well drained soil. Blooming time-Hardy hibiscus will typically bloom in late July or early August in northern climates. This feature makes them valuable specimen plant in landscaping plans that strive for spring to fall color since fewer flowering shrubs bloom at this time. The species plant is a wetland plant and hardy hibiscus flowers can be treated as plants for wet soils. This makes them useful around water features. There are also many different kinds of the hibiscus flower too! They come in a vary of size, colr and leaf shape too. Here are a few colors that I know of; Pink, Lavender, Red, White, Orange, and some are even mixed. Another wonder about this beauty’s is that both bee’s and hummingbirds love them…And they remind me of my family in Hawaii! As for the soil for your hibiscus it requires a rich, well drained soil that stays moist. Maintaining your Hibiscuses-with their long stems and beautiful flowers will die off in the winter, but their roots will sent up new hoots the following spring. You might want to cut the tall stalks in the late fall or early spring if you don’t enjoy looking at the bare stalks sticking above the grass during the winter. I would also cover the soil with mulch to protect the roots from the cold depending on where you live.
Well I hope these were some helpful tips from the garden- Wendi💗