Hibiscus part of the mallow family and native to subtropical and warm climates, is one of the most beautiful and underestimated flowers in the botanical world. This tropical flower comes in a wide array of colors ranging from bright hues of yellow to deep reds. Not only are they gorgeous to look at but they also posses many benefits for your hair and skin. Hibiscus has been used in India for centuries in Auyervedic medicine for hair, skin, and medicinal purposes. In Auyvedic beauty, hibiscus is used as a natural herbal remedy to treat hair loss and alopecia aereta. In my travels to India it was called “gudal” and is found growing all over the country. In China, the seeds are used to for its oil, while in West Africa the seeds are powdered and used in meals. The nectar of the hibiscus flower is rich in amino acids which makes it a perfect ingredient for hair an skin care.
Research studies have shown that is beautiful floral plants posses antibacterial properties. A 2003 research study conducted on lab rats evaluated the growth of hair on the animals. study evaluated the antibacterial properties derived from hibiscus (Rosa sinsensis) petals against other floral extracts, which makes it a effective plant-based remedy for combating dandruff and itchy scalps. It also make it an effective wound healing agent. The hibiscus flower and leaves possess organic acids such as citric and malic acids. These natural occurring acids offer natural exfoliating properties that help increase cell rejuvenation and turnover. For this reason, hibiscus extract is used to improve scalp health and circulation which leads to healthy hair growth.
Hibiscus has naturally derived antioxidants that acts as a weapon to fight against aging skin and premature graying of the hair stands. In skincare research studies have also shown it being effective in wound healing, burns, and cuts. The extracts antioxidant strength significantly speeds up the mending the wound. Hibiscus extract also has shown that it has high levels of protein that increased the rate of cellular rejuvenation and increases collagen synthesis.
The hibiscus flower possesses naturally derived alpha-hydoxy acids that gently exfoliate skin to assist it in naturally ridding it of dead skin cells. This natural exfoliating process helps unclog pores and tighten the skin, which helps shrink your pores. The natural source of alpha-hydroxy is safer and gentler on skin that chemically produced for cosmetics. Hibiscus flower is even safe to use on sensitive skin. These AHA's also protect the skin and act as a natural barrier to protect the skin from environmental damage and stressors.
So the next time you see the hibiscus plant don't just admire it for its colorful, beautiful foliage. Remember the useful benefits that this flower provides for your hair and skin.
Natural Addictions Beauty organically grows all hibiscus used in formulations of our hand-crafted hair & skin products:
Uddin, Borhan & Hossan, Tareq & Paul, Sudip & Ahmed, Tanzir & Nahar, Taslima & Ahmed, Sohel. (2010). Antibacterial activity of the ethanol extracts of Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis leaves and flowers against clinical isolates of bacteria. Bangladesh Journal of Life Sciences; 2010. 22(2): 65-73. 22. 65-73.
Bhaskar, A., & Nithya, V. (2012). Evaluation of the wound-healing activity of Hibiscus Rosa sinensis L (Malvaceae) in Wistar albino rats. Indian journal of pharmacology, 44(6), 694–698. https://doi.org/10.4103/0253-7613.103252
Food Chemistry Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, UCL School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX, UK
Nadhirajan Travi Kumar N Shanmugasundaram Mary Babu In vivo and in vitro evaluation of hair growth potential of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Linn. Journal of Endopharmacology Volume 88 Issues 2-3 October 2003 https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-8741(03)00231-9