Hibiscus is a plant that is found mainly in tropical regions of the globe, specially the Asian countries like India. It is widely used for ornamental purposes but very few people are aware of the health benefits of this precious plant. Hibiscus comes in a number of varieties with showy flowers of different colors and combinations.
Many people know this plant but they are unaware that it is used for many health benefits specially the hair care and skin care. In India, it is widely grown to be used in the manufacturing of cosmetics products. The main hair care products like shampoos, conditioners and oils contain hibiscus herb as their main ingredient.
How It Benefits In The Hair Care?
Hibiscus comes in a number of varieties, but the common one used for hair care and skin care is hibiscus plant with red flowers. Sometimes the plant with white flowers is also used for the same purpose. This plant helps to solve almost all the hair problems. It is claimed to be very effective in curing hair fall and dandruff, while boosting the hair growth at the same time. It is also believed to be a natural way to treat premature graying of hair. If you apply the ground hibiscus flowers and leave on the scalp, it will help to improve the blood circulation to the scalp making it more healthy. Hibiscus herb also works as a good conditioner and moisturizer and make the hair soft, smooth, and shiny.
How to use Hibiscus for Hair Benefits?
Hibiscus can be used on the scalp and hair in different ways. You may use it to prepare hair oil or as a shampoo or conditioner.
In order to prepare hibiscus hair oil, you have to take a few flowers and leaves (preferably red flowers). You need half a cup of chopped flowers and leaves for this purpose. Crush them well and mix with a cup of coconut oil. Cook the mixture over low heat, till fumes are developed. As soon as you notice the fumes, turn off the heat and allow the oil to cool. Now Gently massage a small amount of this oil before bath, at least two times a week. You may rinse it off with a mild herbal shampoo.
If you want to use hibiscus as a shampoo, you have to collect few leaves and flowers of hibiscus. Grind them to a fine paste and apply it on the scalp as well as hair. Let it settle for about ten to fifteen minutes. You can rinse this off with lukewarm water. You may also make a paste of hibiscus powder with water (or rose water) and apply the mixture on the scalp. Rinse it off after an hour.