Hibiscus Flower


Common Name

Standardized: hibiscus
Other: roselle, ambashthaki

Botanical Name

Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
Plant Family: Malvaceae


There are over 220 species within the genus Hibiscus. Hibiscus plants grow in most tropical areas of the world, with a minority of species able to survive in freezing environments. The abundant species found in the tropics cannot tolerate more than a few days of freezing weather and will die if such conditions persist. Hibiscus flowers come in a magnificent variety of colors.

Parts Used

The flower, dried, cut, and powdered.

Typical Preparations

Hibiscus is available as a bulk tea and in tea bags, as well as an ingredient in tea mixtures. Can be used as a natural dye, and is incorporated in several cosmetics. Rarely found in capsule or extract form.


Hibiscus flowers are the main ingredient in many wonderfully refreshing teas made around the world, especially in Mexico, Latin America, and North Africa. A tea known as Agua de Jamaica, or simply Jamaica in Mexico, is usually served chilled with copious amounts of sugar to sweeten the natural tartness of the hibiscus.

Benefits of Hibiscus Flowers

  • Manages Blood Pressure

  • Weight Loss

  • Lowers Cholesterol

  • Protects Liver

  • Anticancer Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial Agent

  • Relieves Menstrual Pain

  • Acts as an Antidepressant Agent

  • Improves Digestion

  • Satiates Thirst


Specific: Hibiscus flowers are often intercropped with peanuts. Occasionally fragments of peanut shells are present. Caution for individuals with severe peanut allergies.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This herb is sold by the ounce

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