Hibiscus is a lovely house plant as well as prolific grower in the garden. There are varieties for less than tropical environments. It gives a nice Hawaiian feel to the window during a snowy day if you keep it in a pot. You may be familiar with hibiscus tea. Hibiscus is added to many a tea blend and imbues a rosy hue to the finished drink. But, hibiscus is not just a tasty, tart tea. It is, in fact, medicine.
Hibiscus is one of the most potent medicines in the health of the kidneys and blood. It will help regulate blood pressure in minutes. It’s good friend, Mistletoe leaves, helps it work in ten minutes or less to return blood pressure to its desired numbers.
Because blood pressure is regulated by the kidneys, it is an obvious conclusion that kidney function and detoxification must be assisted in order to remedy blood pressure. The kidneys filter a quarter of the blood every two minutes. We can safely assume that hibiscus assists in kidney function as well.
I use a lot of traditional spirit medicine in my practice, since you cannot reasonably separate the mind and body from the spirit. Hibiscus is used to help heartache, anxiety, or the sadness from loss. Not as an anti-anxiety, but as a beautiful plant who assists in healing the spirit. Incidentally, the circulatory system is affected by heartbreak. Hibiscus is used for blood…so that means the circulatory system…which is a connected with the heart. Fascinating, isn’t it?
Once the flower folds back up, snip it from its stem and dry it in a paper bag for a few weeks. Cut up and store in a sandwich bag or jar. Use 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of boiling water and let steep 5 minutes. It is quite sour so a bit of honey or maple is nice. Perhaps add combination of roses, lavender, hawthorn berries, yarrow, and/or dandelion for a lovely effect on the kidneys, blood pressure, and on the spirit.