Hibiscus (Schinusterebinthifolius)

Hibiscus is a deciduous shrub or a shorter tree from the Malvaceae family and it comes from China and India. Apparently there are over one hundred species of hibiscus shrubs that can be wild and cultivated. Hibiscus flowers grow up to 6 cm and can be of different colors – from white to dark red. Most often, the flowers are two-tone with the center being an intense color. Even though they are beautiful, hibiscus flowers are short-lived because they only last one day. The Hibiscus is a very grateful plant. It grows very fast; it blooms abundantly and has medicinal properties.

In Malaysia, the Hibiscus was given the epithet of national flower, and in China it is known as the Chinese rose and is a synonym for wealth. In Egypt, hibiscus tea is a national drink. It is drunk warm and cold, red in color, has a sour taste and is full of vitamin C. In Mexico, dried hibiscus is a delicacy, and ice-sweet hibiscus tea, Agua de Jamaica, is a popular drink that is an alternative to juice. Hibiscus is most commonly used as a decoration for a variety of desserts and drinks, which turn pink over time.

Hibiscus is ideal for detoxifying the body and improving the overall condition of the body. It speeds up metabolism, lowers blood pressure; helps rebuild the liver and fight bacteria.

It is used in the cosmetic industry in the preparation of soaps and shampoos, but also in skin care products. They also call hibiscus a Botox plant because it increases skin elasticity and gives it a healthy glow. It is also used as a natural color additive and for aroma in the food and beverage industry. Other than tea preparation, hibiscus is excellent in jams, soups and salads, and in cocktails combined with citrus. 

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