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.
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.
WHAT IT’S USED FOR:
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:
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:
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!