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Chinese Herb Fu Rong Hua (Hibiscus Herb)
Hibiscus Flower, Flower of Cottonrose Hibiscus, Hibiscus Sabdariffa, Flos Hibisci Mutabilis
Removes Toxicity, Dissipates Heat, Expels Pus, Reduces Swelling, Removes Dampness, Antibiotic, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Bacterial, Antioxidant, Diuretic
In history, Hibiscus dates back as far as 1576, when it was noted by botanist M de l'Obel and found to be used orally as early as 1682 as a tea. Now, the hibiscus herb is used throughout the world and is symbolically associated with the goddess Kali (Hindu). While it is also used medicinally, most people associate hibiscus with iced-tea, typically brewed on a hot summer afternoon. When brewing this tea, it is best to use water instead of milk due to milkfats negative reaction with the positive antioxidants (flavonoids) in the tea.
Medicinally, Fu Rong Hua is high in many vitamins, including calcium, chromium, vitamin C, and many antioxidants. When used internally, Fu Rong Hua can help lower blood pressure which helps improve cardiovascular health (anti-hypertensive). It is also cleansing to the liver, thanks to the brightly colored pigments, helping hibiscus slow down aging. As well as stabilizing blood pressure and cholesterol, another positive side effect of Fu Rong Hua is weight loss and the maintenance of healthy weight, potentially the result of hibiscus blocking the negative effects of starches and sugars. Additionally, the hibiscus herb promotes a healthy microbiome in the gut, which maintains immunity, optimal digestion, and mood. For mood, when combined with other mood-boosting teas (ex. Chamomile), dried hibiscus flower has been shown to be anti-depressive. For bloat, sipping hibiscus tea throughout the day can help keep the bloat down.
When consuming hibiscus tea, be cautious if you are taking blood sugar or blood pressure medications. If you are taking anti-malaria medications, such as chloroquine, do not take the hibiscus herb as it can interfere with the absorption of the medication.