Hibiscus contraindications


What it is and what it is hibiscus used for?

Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is a plant of the Malvaceae family.

These plants are well known in gardening for its large showy flowers, that have great ornamental value.

Like other plants in the the family of Malvaceae, Hibiscus is rich in mucilage, a type of soluble fiber.

What are mucilages used for?

Mucilages have emollient properties, that is, they soften, moisturize and protect the skin. Hibiscus soothes irritated tissues (gastritis), and relaxes spasms (cramps).

It is used to relieve skin conditions such as wounds, cracks, sores, pimples, cuts, burns, sunburn, etc.

What are hibiscus contraindications?

Hibiscus flowerPhotography of hibiscus

  • Pregnancy and lactation: hibiscus has abortifacient properties and should not be used in pregnant women because it can cause abortion.
  • Preparations of hibiscus are not suited for infants.
  • Diabetes: mucilages and plant extract may influence glucose levels in blood and may cause hypoglycaemia. It is recommended that the treatment be supervised by a physician.
  • The essential oil can have hallucinogenic effects, so that specialists prefer to replace hiciscus with safer remedies, as wild mallow or marshmallow.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

3 August, 2021

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