Amazing Benefits Of Hibiscus For Hair
What is hibiscus or bissap?
Hibiscus is a flowering shrub of the Malvaceae family, native to Asia, particularly in China and eastern India. Nicknamed “Rose of China” or “Mauve en arbre”, the hibiscus is a symbol of exoticism. There are more than 30,000 varieties of hibiscus, which have flowers in red, pink, purple, blue, white. One can quote for example the hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle, rose of China).
On the other hand, bissap is a red colored drink, which is consumed enormously in Africa. It is prepared from dried sabdariffa hibiscus flowers (chalices). In Senegal, Egypt and Sudan, bissap is a popular drink. It is a privileged drink on holidays. For example, in Jamaica or elsewhere, during the Christmas celebrations, one consumes bissap juice.
Description of the hibiscus.
Hibiscus is a plant of the malvaceae family, with large mauve flowers. It is a shrub, which can measure 5 meters in height.
More precisely :
- Family: malvaceae.
- Type: flowering shrub.
- Origin: Asia (China and India).
- Flower color: red, blue, mauve, pink and white.
- Plantation: autumn.
- Flowering: May to October.
- Height: 3 to 5 meters.
Its nutritional value.
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Hibiscus is rich in minerals, amino acids, vitamins A and C, trace elements and antioxidant compounds.
The flowers of the hibiscus have a chemical composition of calcium phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin C and contain amounts of carotene.
Hibiscus in the world.
In ancient times, the hibiscus flower was used to produce refreshing perfumes and balsams.
In Hawaii, flowers are worn on women’s hair and around their necks like garlands.
In India, the hibiscus flower is used for hair growth.
In the tropics, hibiscus is called the “queen of tropical shrubs.” You can see it along roads and highways.
In Africa, the hibiscus flowers are transformed into a local beverage called bissap. “
Precautions and recommendations.
Be careful, another species of hibiscus called “Hibiscus rosa-sinensis” is used in some cases as a contraceptive. Flower extracts prevent unwanted pregnancies at an early stage.
Plus concrètement :
Hibiscus rosa sinensis is a common ornamental plant widely cultivated throughout India and Burma. It is said that the flowers of this plant possess anti-fertility properties for women and men. The extracts of the flowers also affect the sperm generation as well as the endocrine function of the testicles themselves.
So if you are pregnant or you want to have a child, do not use hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Check with your supplier for the type of hibiscus you are purchasing.
Benefits and uses of the flower of hibiscus (bissap) for hair.
The information in this blog is for information purposes only. Always refer to your doctor for treatment.
With increasing pollution and dirt, hair is often put to the test. They have to face external aggressions (wind, cold, sun, pollution), which make them dry, dull and brittle. It is an extremely beneficial plant for hair.
- 1/ Promote hair growth.
In Ayurvedic medicine, hibiscus flowers or petals are effective in promoting hair growth and fighting their falls. Rich in vitamins A and C, Indian women regularly use hibiscus to nourish and care for their hair. Hibiscus strengthens hair from root to tip and prevents premature graying and scalp disorders.
How to use it ?
Specifically, you grind 6 or 7 flowers or leaves of hibiscus in a saucepan. And, boil them with oil of your choice (coconut, olive, sesame or sweet almond). Then let cool. Apply this warm care over the scalp for ½ hour. This helps rejuvenate the scalp and facilitates blood circulation, thus contributing to hair growth. You can keep it in a small bottle for regular use.
Chinese and Indian women have traditionally boiled the flowers and leaves of the hibiscus, and then mixed the infusion with herbal oil before applying it to their hair as a stimulant to hair growth.
The powder of hibiscus petals can also be mixed with henna or Indian powders (Amla, Brahmi). It can be used as a natural hair conditioner.
- 2 / Fight dry hair.
To cope with dry, brittle hair, Indian women bathe their hair with hibiscus flowers. Their hair becomes thicker and healthier due to the calcium and vitamin C present in it.
How to do ?
You can use the hibiscus flowers in final rinse. The flowers or leaves of hibiscus are ground into a thin paste with a little water and apply it to the hair. Leave to rest for at least 30 minutes before washing. Apply this mask regularly before your revitalizing soft shampoo.
- 3/ Moisten and reduce hair split ends.
Hibiscus-based hair care hydrates and reduces split ends. It acts as a mild (but slightly acidic) cleanser for the elimination of toxins.
How to use it ?
Do hair care based on hibiscus flowers.
The flowers or leaves of hibiscus are ground into a thin paste with a little water and apply it to the hair. Leave to rest for at least 30 minutes before washing. Apply this mask regularly before your revitalizing soft shampoo.
- 4/ Fight against dandruff.
The use of hibiscus fights dandruff and makes the hair thicker. It adds volume, softness, reduces split ends and eliminates dandruff.
How to do ?
Apply a paste of leaves and hibiscus flowers to clean your scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Grind a few hibiscus leaves with fresh henna leaves. Add the juice of half a lemon to make a paste. Now apply to your scalp for a few minutes and rinse your hair.
- 5/ Hair dye.
Red flowers of the hibiscus flower produce a dark violet dye that is used to color the premature gray hair.
How to use it ?
For example, hibiscus flowers can be mixed with henna to color the hair.
Where to buy hibiscus flowers?
You can buy hibiscus flowers in exotic shops, organic shops or on the internet. If you have the chance to travel, you can find it with ease in different countries of West Africa.
What do you think ?
Do you use hibiscus or bissap in your hair care?