Hibiscus flowers are large colourful flowers that blossom from a hibiscus plant. Besides being a great decorative addition to a garden, these flowers have medicinal uses as well and a strong and tasty flavour.
The dried leaves and flowers are turned into teas and liquid extracts that can help cure a range of conditions, as well as give beverages a unique and exotic flavour.
There are several hundred species of hibiscus varying by the location and climate they grow in. However, Hibiscus sabdariffa, known for its intense red colour, is the one used to make hibiscus tea.
Different cultures have been using this flower as a remedy for several conditions and their health benefits for generations. The product has anti-inflammatory and exfoliating properties, because of which it is becoming a vital raw material for organic and natural cosmetics. Growing product demand for soaps, shampoos and conditioners, masks, lotions, and creams is expected to drive the market for hibiscus flower powder.
INDUSTRIAL USES OF HIBISCUS FLOWER
Food and Beverages industry 🍵
Hibiscus flowers are found in different forms: dried flower, hibiscus powder, hibiscus extract. All of then are used for different purposes in the food and beverages industy.
The food and beverages segment led the hibiscus flower powder market using it for the making of:
- Juices, energy drinks and smoothies
- Puddings, jelly, and jams.
Health Care and Cosmetics Industry 💄
The cosmetics segment is also driving the Hibiscus demand due to the increasing requirement for organic and natural cosmetic products, such as facial masks, lip balm, hair conditioners, and lotions, soap. Emerging personal care companies across developing countries are expected to support growth.
Hibiscus extract and powder are used for the manufacturing of:
- Cosmetics, such as lip balms, shadows, etc.
- Soaps, shampoos and conditioners
Pharmaceutical Industry ⚕️
There are number of medicinal uses of Hibiscus Flower.
- Cough syrup and tablets: Hibiscus roots are used as a demulcent for cough.
- Laxative tablets and solutions: Leaves show laxative and emollient properties.
- Diuretic tablets or substances: It is used as diuretics and used in kidney trouble.
- Shampoos and Hair growing lotions: Leaves and flowers are used for the growth of hair.
- For the treatment of venereal disease and fevers, a decoction of roots is used.
Hibiscus is considered a medicinal plant rich in phytochemicals, and other medicinal and nutritional properties.
The ethanolic extract of Hibiscus has multiple pharmaceutical and pharmacological uses, such as being as binder and disintegrant in tablet formulation.
This plant is an effective herbal alternative to many diseases. Such as antipyretic, anticonvulsive, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, etc.
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