Hibiscus is being used to add colour and flavour to herbal teas. The flower contains flavonoids and proanthocyanidins which are antioxidants and the herb is antipyretic which helps to reduce fever. It is a mild analgesic and used as such to relieve pain and it is spasmolytic which, as the word suggests, limits spasms.
Based on recent laboratory tests, hibiscus is found to be useful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol reduction in the blood. It has shown positive results in reducing bad cholesterol levels (LDL) found in extremely fat diets because, according to scientists, hibiscus may limit the adherence of cholesterol to arterial walls. Regular use of hibiscus herbs promotes proper blood circulation and minimises heart disease.
Moreover, researchers believe that the antibacterial property of hibiscus may be essential in combating various illnesses like fever, cystitis and venereal disease. It is also effective in soothing respiratory tract infections and relieves whooping coughs and other respiratory ailments.
Hibiscus tea is pleasantly tasty and is known to be a good relief for stomach pains and improper food digestion. According to herb users, hibiscus tea promotes good appetite and good health.