Hibiscus flowers, Υβίσκος.

Also known as roselle, red sorrel, Jamaica sorrel and rosemallow, the Hibiscus flowers is a native of Angola. Today it is cultivated in most sub-tropical and tropical regional which include India, China, Mexico, Egypt and Sudan. 

It is a popular ingredient in many traditional healing systems including Ayurvedic and Chinese traditional medicinal systems.  Acclaimed for its refrigerant, emmenagogue, diuretic, cholagogue, astringent, appetite depressant, anti-cancer and antibacterial properties these flowers are used as a nutrition-rich tonic, longevity tonic, for treatment of hypertension, and for promoting and aiding weight loss. It is also used as a mild laxative.

The flowers are popular as tea because of its great taste and its property to aid weight loss as it consists of the natural form of hydroxycut (hydroxycitric acid) – a chemical most effective in weight loss diets. It also contains ascorbic acid and chromium, which are highly effective in fighting obesity tendencies.

Its ability to regulate blood pressure has been validate by numerous studies. Administered in combination with St John’s Wort and lemon balm it helps treating insomnia.

The tea is made out of the calyx of the flower; the petals and the rest of the flower are discarded.

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