Hibiscus flower is an exotic flower with a myriad of health, beauty and hair benefits. It also comes in floral colors like white, pale, yellow and red. Apart from its skin care and hair benefits, hibiscus flower is edible. When prepared in boiling water and consumed, its primary health benefits is believed to surpass those of many other edible flowers
The Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda prescribe hibiscus as a hair growth booster and natural body cleanser. The flower is richly loaded with lots of antioxidants and Vitamin C which contribute greatly to the general wellbeing of your body. Apparently, most therapeutics and beauty products are now prepared using Hibiscus as a key ingredient. Hibiscus is highly celebrated for its hair and skin benefits.
Beauty benefits of hibiscus
Rich in Antioxidants
Hibiscus is loaded with antioxidants known as anthocyanocides. And you know the effectiveness of antioxidants to your skin health cannot be overemphasized. These antioxidants contained in hibiscus help fight against skin damaging free radicals that can cause the skin to age prematurely. Anthicyanocides also have natural astringent effects that control excess oily skin and tighten large pores. Hibiscus also has anti-inflammatory properties which can either prevent skin inflammation or reduce it.
The Botox Flower
The botox properties contained in hibiscus is just overwhelming. It props your face up and makes it firm, which leaves your face looking youthful. It is also filled with vitamin C which can boost collagen production. All you need to do is, mash up a few hibiscus flowers using a mortar and pestle then apply them onto your face, avoiding the eyes. Rinse off after 15 minutes to experience a natural face lift!
Evens Skin Tone
If you have uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmentation, dark spots and any other type of discolorations, use hibiscus on your skin. It contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) including citric and malic acid that have exfoliating powers which can speed up cell turn over, revealing fresh new, lighter and an even skin tone.
Intense Moisturizing Action
The petals and leaves of hibiscus flower have high mucilage content. What this means is that when crushed, they are very slippery and slimy. This property makes hibiscus incredibly moisturizing. Little wonder why you find in curly products especially the ones that are made to provide slip and hold sealing in moisture. This intense moisturizing action is also very necessary for keeping your skim hydrated and looking fresh instead of dry and dehydrated.
Exfoliates Dead Cells
You already know hibiscus is a rich source of Alpha Hydroxy acids which are known to be powerful ingredients for exfoliating skin. The AHAs in hibiscus dissolve dead cells and flaky skin on the skin’s surface, revealing fresh new skin underneath!
Deep Cleanses Pores
Hibiscus has natural surfactants that can cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. It acts a deep pores cleanser, and it also is very mild and gentle on your skin so you don’t have to be scared it will leave your skin feeling sensitive and stiff.
To make a deep cleanser, you have to do the following:
· Mash up a few hibiscus petals with a mortar and pestle and add a little water to create a paste.
· Add a tsp of raw honey and apply this all over your face to help suck up impurities in your pores.
· Rinse off after 20 minutes.
· Tone and moisturize as usual.
Controls Oily Skin
Are you suffering from an oily and greasy skin? Use a hibiscus tea as your face toner. You can make hibiscus tea then pour it into ice cube tray and freeze for 2 hours. Use an ice cube all over your face after cleansing it to tone your skin naturally, tighten large pores and regulate the amount of sebum secreted on your face.
Hair Benefits of Hibiscus Flower
For ages, Indians have been using hibiscus leaves and petals as a natural shampoo. It work perfectly on hair because it get as slippery as soap when it is crushed up, and this is as a result of cleansing agents like the natural saponins in it.
To make a hibiscus shampoo, this is what you need to do:
Cleansing Hibiscus Shampoo
- Pour ½ cup of hot water into a jar, then add fresh petals & leaves from 2 hibiscus flowers
- Allow the petals & leaves to soak up and soften in the jar for 15 minutes.
- Then pour the mixture into a blender and blend till smooth. You may strain the mixture using a plastic strainer into a bowl to remove any lumps.
- Now mix in ½ tsp olive oil, ½ tsp honey and 7 drops of lavender essential oil (optional) to your mixture.
- Work it into your scalp & hair for 2 minutes then rinse off thoroughly with tepid water.
- Enjoy clean and fresh hair!
Encourages Hair Growth
Hibiscus is a potent ingredient that has been used in hair growth oils that can strengthen your hair and foster growth of new hairs. This is owing to its rich in nutrients like amino acids that are responsible for the production of keratin which makes up the key structure of the hair.
This is how you can infuse hibiscus petals in sweet almond oil for a month in a sunny place to make hair growth oil:
Hibiscus Hair Growth Oil
- Add clean & dry hibiscus flower petals from 2-3 flowers in a jar.
- Pour sweet almond oil to fill the jar to the top.
- Store on a sunny window sill for a month while shaking often to release the nutrients from the petals.
- When the time is up, strain the hibiscus-infused oil in another jar, discarding the petals.
- Massage a suitable amount on your scalp 2 hours before washing your hair to see hair growth & thickness!
Delays Premature Graying of Hair
Another astounding hair benefit of hibiscus is that it delays premature graying of hair. Ancient Ayurvedic texts talk of hibiscus as a natural hair dye to mask gray hairs and it’s also recently been scientifically proven to have such power. Use it by making and massaging the hair growth oil to see results.
However you use hibiscus, be it as a shampoo, hair oil or hair rinse, you arrive at the same result- silkier, softer and shinier hair. You can use this hibiscus hair rinse that not only makes your hair silky but also helps cover gray hairs, dye red hair and also strengthens the hair shaft
Hibiscus Hair Rinse for Silky Strands:
- In a Pyrex measuring cup, pour 4 cups of hot water then steep 1 tbsp of dried hibiscus or 2 hibiscus tea bags for 20 minutes.
- When the time is up, discard the tea bags and allow the hibiscus tea to completely cool down.
- Use this tea as your final hair rinse after showering and conditioning.