Hibiscus plant is colloquially called the Gudhal/Japa Pushpa. It is easily found in India.
According to Ayurveda, leaves as well as the petals of hibiscus pack in several medicinal properties.
Since ages, hibiscus has been used in Ayurvedic medicines for curing several diseases and health conditions. The most popular use of this flower is in balancing aggravated pi a dosha. In addition to that, it also has properties that resolve problems of damaged hair and skin, urinary disorders, gynaecological problems, management of diabetes and conditions of high cholesterol.
Research at Tezpur University, Assam and Vishva Bharati University, West Bengal show that hibiscus restores insulin sensitivity and lowers blood sugar levels in people suffering from diabetes. Hibiscus is very useful in the management of diabetes because it removes blockages and enables insulin to clear glucose from the blood. You can make hibiscus tea and consume it every day to control your diabetes and boost metabolism naturally.
Human skin has a form of pitta known as vrajaka pitta and in case of burns, this becomes aggravated. Hibiscus flower is beneficial because it effectively restores the balance of vrajaka pitta and assists in healing the skin tissues. Hibiscus is also useful in providing relief from itches and rashes. Grind the leaves of hibiscus flower and apply it on the skin to reduce in inflammation and burning sensation. After applying this paste, you will get relief in a few minutes. To treat pimples, boil a hibiscus flower in two cups of water, stir well and let it cool down. Add a little honey to it and apply it on your face. This will take care of pimples on your face.
Tea made from hibiscus leaves is very effective in reducing LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. Elements found in the flower effectively reduce levels of cholesterol. It is beneficial to drink water boiled with a hibiscus flower. Apart from this, this tea boosts your immune system and metabolic functions. It also opens up blocked channels in the body and flushes out the toxins.