Since I have started learning about herbs I find it interesting that different sites discuss different uses for them. While sites might list some of the same uses, there is always something different on each one. For instance when I started drinking Hibiscus tea to improve my electrolyte levels I researched it, and a normal search for "benefits of Hibiscus" leads to nothing about electrolytes.
I have to admit I only looked at the first page, but feel I should have found something about Hibiscus and electrolytes. No, what I did find was that it is good for cholesterol, acne, dandruff,
type 2 diabetes, hot flashes, immune system, fevers, moderate hypertension, weight lose, blood pressure, diuretic, mild laxative, liver problems, depression, and cancer, but no mention of energy or electrolytes.
The only way anyone would know that Hibiscus is a natural way to maintain or improve your electrolytes is by doing a search incorporating the two words. Googling energy and Hibiscus brings up all kinds of links for a drink from Starbucks, but nothing from the health world.
Okay those are the internal benefits, but is it good for beauty care as well? Yes, it is, it is actually known as a natural botox for its firming and lifting ability. As mentioned above it is good for dandruff, but also for dry hair.
I have been drinking hibiscus tea for a week now, and find I prefer it cold over some ice with some organic sugar. Some say the flavor is similar to cranberry, yeah kinda of, it is tart. I love the beautiful red color that the tea turns, it looks so pretty over ice. It also does work very well for regular bowel movements, and upping those electrolytes. Thanks to my herbalist I am feeling better, and my energy level is finally back up. I also learned that some individuals may experience a toxicated type feeling.
More varying news is how many types of hibiscus flowers actually exist one site says 200 another says 300. Well no matter how many exist it has been noted that the hibiscus most used is the red, and it is recommended that this is the one to use. It is said that the red hibiscus is the most commonly used, and the effects of others are not yet known.
If you are taking meds be sure to talk with your health care provider before starting hibiscus tea I am not any type of health care professional, I am sharing from personal experience only. Woman who are pregnant or nursing should avoid hibiscus. Woman trying to get pregnant or have issues conceiving should also avoid hibiscus, along with those taking birth control.
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