If you’ve ever set your eyes on a wild hibiscus plant, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that it’s simply too beautiful to have actually be good for you too. But in fact, this wonderful yellow flower commonly found in India is actually jam-packed full of wonderful health-giving properties and should become your go-to beverage whenever you feel below-par.

Here are the top 8 benefits of wild hibiscus.

Boosts Your Immune System

Wild hibiscus is amazing for helping keep colds and flu at bay at all times of the year. This is because it’s high in vitamin C and antioxidants and also has a potent cooling effect which can help with fever.

Eases Cramps And Period Pain

Instead of dosing up with painkillers and curling up in bed next time you suffer with menstrual cramps, brew yourself a cup of warm hibiscus tea. Not only does it taste delicious, it also helps relieve cramps, rebalances your hormones and will help alleviate other period-related symptoms like PMS, mood swings and depression.

Accelerates Healthy Weight Loss

Hibiscus tea is a wonderful drink to enjoy when you are hoping to shed a pound or two. Thanks to its ability to inhibit the production of a digestive enzyme called amylase, it will help prevent starches being turned into sugar and then stored as fat. It can also speed up your metabolism, satisfy your thirst without any of those added calories and fills up your tummy so you’re far less likely to overeat.

Reduces Your Blood Pressure

Scientists at the University of Boston discovered that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea per day can help reduce systolic blood pressure by around seven points. While this doesn’t sound like a lot, it can makes a massive difference to your cardiovascular health.

Increases Your Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Wild hibiscus is also highly effective if you’re worried about your cholesterol levels. A study at the Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan in 2004 demonstrated that it can help lower levels of so-called ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and raise ‘good’ HDL cholesterol to significantly reduce that fatty build up in your arteries and your brain.

Protects Your Liver

You simply must keep your liver in the best possible condition as it’s responsible for detoxifying your body and metabolizing chemicals. Hibiscus can help keep it in tip-top shape thanks to the high levels of the antioxidant anthocyannins it contains. These have been proven to reduce oxidative damage and inflammatory lesions in the livers of rats.

Keeps Cancer At Bay

Wild hibiscus can also help protect your body against cancer and also slow down cancerous cell growth. This is because of the presence of protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties and its ability to cause those cancerous cells to die.

Makes You Feel Happier

Wild hibiscus is also potent source of a group of antioxidants named flavonoids. These have been proven to help ease many nervous system disorders such as depression, low mood, and even epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. My favourite hibiscus vendor – Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. – make delicious hibiscus syrups that you can add to mixed drinks, juices and teas! Just one cup of Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.’s Butterfly Pea tea has an antioxidant rating of over 7000 units! That’s nearly double the USDA recommended minimum.

As you can see, wild hibiscus is a wonderful and delicious way to boost your health and feel simply amazing. Always consult your doctor if you suffer from a pre-existing health condition or are hoping to get pregnant as wild hibiscus can have an estrogenic effect.