Hibiscus has been used as an ornamental plant for eons merely due to the way it looks. After all, very few plants can rival its stunning beauty and bright colors. But the plant can do a lot more than just look good.
The flowers also have decidedly astounding benefits to the skin, including the ability to firm and lift, giving Hibiscus the nickname, the “Botox plant.” Hibiscus has a sort of magical reputation in skin care because it is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Chemical forms of these acids can be overly harsh and damaging to the skin, but natural sources such as those in Hibiscus can help provide the same benefits, only organically. AHAs are known to help exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover, and help control acne breakouts, all of which can encourage fresher, younger, and smoother looking skin. They also increase moisture and improve flexibility and elasticity—the reason why hibiscus called the Botox plant.
The best ways to make use of the plant is to make organic Hibiscus oil, the process is incredibly simple and works brilliantly. I have outlined the requirements and process below:
Hibiscus Infused Oil Recipe
- 5 Hibiscus flowers
- 3 Hibiscus leaves
- 230 ml of carrier oil of choice
- Saucepan or any other heating pot
- Optional: 3 leaves of Tulsi (to make the infusion more potent)
- Chop up flowers and leaves in a rough manner, there is no need to chop them finely.
- Add to a pan and pour in the oil.
- Simmer over low heat, if you wish to add Tulsi do so only once the mixture is hot.
- Strain the mixture keeping aside the infusion and getting rid of the chunks of material.
- You now have a completely organic hibiscus infusion!
This Hibiscus infusion can be used to garner the following benefits:
- Hibiscus has many natural anti-inflammatory substances and also Vitamin C that can stop the growth of acne and even clear the marks left by it.
- Hibiscus oil is extremely beneficial for the hair. Applying hibiscus oil to your hair ensures that your hair grows strong from the roots and stops breaking easily. The hibiscus essence oil can actually help you darken your hair colour. In fact, it is a natural remedy against greying hair.
- Hibiscus has an anti-inflammatory effect as well, which soothes inflamed skin and helps calm conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- Hibiscus acts as a good astringent and a moisturizer as well. That’s why it’s good for oily, dry and even combination skin.
- Hibiscus has a soothing and cooling action on the scalp. During the ancient times, it was used to reduce heat and bring down fevers. This soothing action is of great benefit in treating rashes and dandruff. It particularly beneficial in seborrhoea-ic conditions of the scalp, due to its astringent action, helping to reduce oil-gland secretions and excessive oiliness of hair and scalp. Hibiscus helps to remove and reduce pore clogging, thus improving the general look and condition of hair. It also reduces excessive scaling, itching and redness of the scalp.
- Ingredients like Hibiscus are ideal for counteracting the effects of air pollutants. The chemical pollutants in the air are potent irritants. They not only upset the normal balances, but cause many eruptive conditions and adverse reactions. We are constantly exposed to these harmful chemicals and Hibiscus, like many other plant ingredients, offers organic protection.
- Most women are plagued with cellulite. Hibiscus oil is an effective way to getting rid of this, all you have to do is massage the problem areas with hibiscus oil regularly and watch the cellulite melt away.
- Hibiscus oil can play an essential part in foot care. If you have any boils, cracks or calluses on your feet, you can massage some hibiscus oil into it to make it smooth and even. Hibiscus oil is an excellent remedy for dry feet, especially during winters.
Hibiscus has numerous benefits. But a major one is its ability to stimulate blood circulation to the scalp which helps in supplying the essential nutrients to the follicles. This means that it has excellent tonic properties.
Two Hair Tonic Hibiscus Infusions that work wonders are:
1. Take 2-3 cups of boiled water, add 15-20 hibiscus flowers and leave it for 20 minutes . When the water turns red, filter the extract. Use this extract as a conditioner after washing your hair with shampoo. Apply it on the scalp and hair, leave it on for a few minutes then wash it off with cold water. You will get soft and shiny hair along with a clean scalp, all without harmful chemical ingredients.
2. For a cold infusion, Hibiscus flowers and leaves are allowed to stand overnight in cold water. This is done in a ratio of one is to six, One unit of water for every 6 units of Hibiscus. The flowers are squeezed to extract as much as possible and the water is strained before use. Such an infusion can be used to wash the hair and scalp, or may be applied on the scalp with cotton wool. Infusions, or the juice of the flowers, may be added to henna paste and applied on the scalp.
With potent organic ingredients like Hibiscus, why would one ever want to use harsh chemicals in their beauty regime?
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