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Hibiscus, beautiful in the garden and good for your health

  1. Hibiscus is such a plant that we all know. Still, linking the name and the plant is often quite difficult. Many people have this mostly red or purple flowered full plant in a large pot or in the ground. In addition to the fact that the plant produces beautiful large flowers and the plant is therefore very popular, not everyone knows that the hibiscus plant is also good for health. A regular cup of tea from this plant is certainly good for your health.

The base of hibiscus

  1. Hibiscus is a genus that has more than 200 species and comes from the Malvaceae family. The garden hibiscus, officially called hibiscus syriacus, also known as the althea bush, is related to the Chinese rose. Hibiscus can be found naturally in the Mediterranean and (sub) tropical area. The plant has single spreading leaves and somewhat trumpet-shaped large flowers (they can be up to 15 cm wide). The most famous is the red hibiscus, but the plant is also available in white, pink, purple and yellow.

The hibiscus plant

  1. This beautiful large-flowered plant can be planted on its own, but also in a shrub border. The plant blooms beautifully, so it can be used in different ways.

Sun or no sun

  1. Hibiscus prefers a somewhat sheltered place with sun. The best for the beautiful flowers is the full morning sun. Unfortunately, a lot of rain can cause the buds to fall off unopened. Summers as we usually know them in the Netherlands should normally be fine.

Pruning

  1. If you cut the branches half way in the initial phase of the plant, you will turn them into a lush grove. After that, you don't actually have to prune the plant anymore. Just cut dead or badly damaged twigs regularly.

Vermin

  1. Just like the rose, the hibiscus can also suffer from lice. It is best to spray soap suds (preferably green soap) and methylated spirits. Prepare it in the following ratio: 10 liters of water, 2 dl green soap, 3 dl methylated spirits. There are also, of course, always ready-to-use products available in specialist shops.

Hibiscus and our health

  1. Hibiscus is used in different ways, but the best known and most used form is surely tea. It is also used as a tea in Ayurvedic medicine. The tea has a bit of a sour aftertaste, so if you don't really like that, add a little honey or cinnamon. This neutralizes the acidic part. However, for most people they have to learn to drink it and then nothing more needs to be added over time.

Cardiovascular diseases

  1. The tea contains various antioxidants and these are able to lower cholesterol and triglyceride, which is good for the heart and the vessels. Triglycerides are related to cholesterol, but are actually fat cells in your bloodstream. Furthermore, hibiscus contains flavonoid antioxidants, which can contribute to lowering high blood pressure. Helping to lower high blood pressure not only affects the heart, but also has a positive effect on preventing strokes and heart attacks. So it is very important to get and keep blood pressure under control in any way. Finally, hibiscus tea can also contribute to the prevention of arteriosclerosis and it stimulates vasodilation.

What else is it good for?

  1. If you have an occasional upset stomach, a few cups of hibiscus tea can also help. It also softens the throat in case of ticklish cough and has a diuretic effect. If you regularly drink hibiscus tea, the fat metabolism is also stimulated. This is good for fighting obesity.

Finally

  1. Hibiscus is not only beautiful but also great for your health. Make a nice tea, which you may have to learn to drink, but is certainly good for you. Combine it with a nice sheltered spot in the garden for the hibiscus. There are all kinds of colors, so something for everyone.



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