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exposed: hibiscus

for this installment in the “exposed” series (showcasing various all-natural ingredients), we’ll talk about my current obsession: hibiscus.

it’s beautiful and it’s versatile. it can be used both internally and externally. it’s available in different forms.

it’s great.

hibiscus - the beautifying power plant

WHAT IT IS:

hibiscus is a big, bright, beautiful flower, normally grown in warmer climates. this flower can range in color from bright pink to magenta to deep red.

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WHAT IT’S USED FOR:

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hibiscus can be used both internally and externally, for a multitude of purposes.

when used internally, it’s been touted for cholesterol level and blood pressure maintenance, to help nausea and promote appetite, and to calm nerves. when used on hair, it increases shine and softness, and decreases hair fall. when used topically, hibiscus, a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids, known to promote cell turnover, gently polish/exfoliate, increase elasticity, even skin tone, lighten spots and blemishes, control break-outs, and balance oils. it’s quite the power plant!

there are various parts of the plant that can be used and prepared differently. if you’re wondering whether you could benefit from incorporating hibiscus into your diet, please consult a certified herbalist and also conduct your own research!

HOW TO BUY:

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you can find hibiscus in its various forms on many websites and in most natural healthcare stores that carry clays, herbs, EOs, etc.

i’ve purchased mine in a powdered form online through both amazon and Mountain Rose Herbs (personal preference; no affiliates/compensation/etc of any kind whatsoever). powdered comes in handy for me because it’s easy to make cosmetics and face masks, as well as stir into hot water. i would love to infuse petals into various oils for my next set of experiments!

Simple, Polishing and Nourishing Hibiscus ALL-OVER MASK Recipe:

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i’ve posted this picture on instagram before, and it’s high-time to share! this mask is gently polishing and nourishing for your skin, and softening and strengthening for your hair. if you have lighter skin and/or hair, it may appear to stain, but just wipe a little more firmly or use a little more water and it comes right off! (says the super pale girl). *PLEASE test on a patch of skin and/or small patch of hair first!!!*

this recipe is presented in amounts for a face mask, but you can easily make a hibiscus paste in a larger amount for a hair mask.

  • 1/2 tablespoon of powdered hibiscus
  • *1 teaspoon of your favorite clay. i used french rose clay to keep the pink/red hues and to be purifying and polishing.
  • few drops of your favorite nourishing oil (so far i’ve used rosehip oil and kukui nut oil for this one.)
  • just enough water to make a batter-like paste (or aloe. or raw honey, which i prefer.)

mix the powder and oil first, then add water (or your oil won’t be so friendly with the water). let the mix sit while you steam your face. rub gently in circular motions onto face. let dry for 10 to 15 minutes. rinse well with cool water.

if you’re using on your hair, apply to dry hair, let sit for 20-30 minutes (covered with a plastic shower cap or a plastic bag), and rinse with warm water. you may need to do some extra rinsing or use whatever version of “shampoo” you normally use if you have lighter hair.

have you ever used hibiscus in any way? leave your favorites below!

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9 thoughts on “exposed: hibiscus

  1. In my country (sudan)we add water and suger to and drink it as juice its very delicious and u could drink it cold or hot as tea. Its available and very cheap here😊

  2. I eat 4 hibiscus flowers a day to alkalinize the body!
    It even tastes good!!
    just ask permission before plucking, thank them, and proceed to separate the flower from the green stem that holds it, and enjoy!

  3. I used to get dried hibiscus flowers (edible) from Trader Joes. So so good but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Not sure if there is a benefit taken this way but delish!

  4. I have been using hibiscus since childhood for hair! My mom prepares hibiscus infused hair oil for me. Also i have used the hair mask and it really is worth it.

  5. I use hibiscus powder to aromatize water. In a bottle I just mix 1/4 teaspoon with 1/2 litre of water. Surely I will try your mask, I love powdered masks and think will add some turmeric and nutmeg. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’ve actually drank hibiscus water before, here in South Texas known as agua fresca (you can find various agua frescas..watermelon is my favorite ☺️).

    The hibiscus water tasted great! I wish I knew how they made it, or what form of hibiscus they used. I have many hibiscus plants at my house, and I always wonder if those could be used or if it has to be a specific flower color.

    Would you happen to know? 😄

    1. Fallon, depending on how far south, you live, the Mexican markets and fruit stands may have the dried flowers prepared for you to make it. It’s called by a Spanish name, but I don’t remember what it was. I initially tried it at the aloe vera farm that is west of Lyford. They just dried their hibiscus petals, then boiled them in a big pot of water to the concentration you want. I buy organic sifted hibiscus petals and Amazon and stick them in my reusable k-cups and use my keurig to make a personal cup and that seems to work just fine! If you use your own flowers (I no longer live down there so I have to buy mine) just make sure you don’t spray any chemicals on or near the plant if you aren’t organic with your flower beds – you don’t want to be drinking that!

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