By Anna Marie Beauchemin, Clinical Herbalist & Holistic Nutritionist
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Hibiscus, also known botanically as Hibiscus sabdariffa, is a well-known tropical flower that grows throughout many parts of the world. Though this showy floral is well-known for its beautiful petals and delicate appearance, it’s the bright red calyxes of this vibrant plant that are prized for their medicinal value. The calyxes of hibiscus hold beneficial nutritional and phytochemical properties, making them a valued addition to herbal tea blends, powders, and other herbal formulations for overall health, wellness, and systemic support.
Botanical Benefits of Hibiscus
Hibiscus has traditionally been used in a variety of ways ranging from cardiovascular support to supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Though the traditional use of this plant varies depending on which part of the world it's being used in, hibiscus has earned a staple place in herbal tea blends globally. One of hibiscus' most popular uses is for cardiovascular system support.
The vibrant red calyxes of hibiscus are a naturally high source of both vitamin c and antioxidants, while the cooling and moistening properties of hibiscus (like other members of the Malvacae family) offer a refreshing and moisturizing touch during the hot summer months. The combination of vitamin c and antioxidant support paired with the energetics of hibiscus make it an ideal summertime herbal.
The Beauty of Hibiscus
Though hibiscus may boast a variety of botanical benefits, it’s not just the phytochemicals that make this plant a powerful addition to home wellness routines. The bright red and beautiful color that is created when this plant is added to foods and drinks, is part of the magic and medicine of hibiscus. When we make it a practice to bring more beauty into our lives, we are often rewarded with a greater sense of joy and appreciation. While I love to use hibiscus for its medicinal qualities, I often add this special herb to tea blends simply to enjoy its beautiful color and tangy, fruity flavor.
Favorite Ways To Enjoy Hibiscus
My favorite way to enjoy the many beneficial (and refreshing) properties of hibiscus is in a cooling iced tea blend perfect for the summer months. The powder of hibiscus can also be added to drinks and smoothies, giving your beverage a beautiful rosy glow.
Note: The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please make sure to consult with a licensed physician before adding herbal or dietary supplements into your life, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on medication.
A Note From Sunwink
We offer three products that contain hibiscus, in addition to other herbs and plants—Hibiscus Mint Unwind Tonic, Immunity Berry Tonic, and Berry Calm Superfood Powder. Both Tonics come with the equivalent of over 4000mg of functional superfoods and the Berry Calm powder is crafted with herbs and superfoods for de-stress and restoration.