What is roselle?

Hibiscus sabdariffa, sometimes known as roselle hibiscus, is a Malvaceae family shrub. In Iran, it is commonly referred to as sour tea. Roselle is known as Red Sorrel in English-speaking nations.

Originally from Africa and Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, it is now widely grown throughout tropical and subtropical regions, particularly in India and Southeast Asia.

For generations, Roselle has been used as a medicinal plant. It has been used to cure toothaches, urinary tract infections, colds, and even hangovers. Roselle juice made from the leaves is used to treat conjunctivitis in Senegal, and when pulverized, it soothes wounds and ulcers.

One of the primary reasons for roselle cultivation is to generate the best fibres, which are removed from the stem and used as a substitute for jute. Hibiscus cannabinus is frequently grown in southern Asia for fibre extraction.

Roselle is a low-maintenance shrub that grows to be quite tall. Its brilliant crimson stems easily distinguish it. It produces a large number of attractive flowers with a distinct appearance. It also generates a calyx at each node. Calyces, both fresh and dried, play an important role in food preparation.

Roselle hibiscus nutrition:

Roselle is high in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, in addition to having a delicious taste. A 57-gram serving of Roselle contains 123 mg of calcium, 0.84 mg of iron, 6.8 mg of vitamin C, 29 mg of magnesium, 6.45 g of carbohydrates, 21 mg of phosphorus, 119 mg of potassium, 0.016 mg of vitamin B2, and 8 g of vitamin A.

Roselle plant uses

Roselle is an example of a plant with numerous positive properties. The correct individual can use all of its parts, such as the roselle calyces, leaves, stem, flower, and so forth, for one or more purposes. Among these applications are:


This plant is well-known for its many and fleshy calyces. The fresh calyces of red Roselle are used to make roselle juice or flor de jamaica or Sorrel Drink, a vividly crimson-colored tasty drink. Some people also use the leaves of the Roselle in salads. When roselle leaves are used in salads, they give a flavour similar to spicy spinach with a hint of sour fruitiness. These leaves always offer a unique flavour to any dish.

Dried calyces and dried flowers are also employed as vital ingredients in various recipes.


The roselle plant is well-known in the cosmetics and skincare industries for its anti-ageing effects. It’s been used to make a face/body scrubs, facial steams, clay masks, and other beauty products. Roselle flowers are healthy because they contain antioxidants, which help to neutralize the effects of free radicals and leave you beaming with health.


Because the Roselle is primarily a flower, one of its principal applications is flower arrangements. You can  use its many fresh calyces to add a unique touch to your ornamental work.

Health benefits of roselle hibiscus

This flower also has numerous benefits for your body. Here are a few:

Menstrual cramps

It relieves cramps and menstrual pain. It helps restore hormonal balance (which can reduce mood swings, depression, and overeating associated with menstruation).

 Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

Ascorbic acid, often known as vitamin C, is abundant in hibiscus tea. Vitamin C is a necessary component that our bodies require to strengthen and promote the activity of our immune systems. Roselle flowers, whether fresh or dried, are high in Vitamin C.

Improves digestion

The roselle fruit’s seed capsule is known for its diuretic and tonic qualities. As a result, it is used for the following purposes:

  • Diuretic properties increase urination and bowel movements.
  • Colorectal cancer is prevented.

Prevents constipation

Magnesium in Roselle relieves constipation quickly, and a large dose of water-soluble magnesium supplements is known to give sound relief for even the most severe constipation. This vitamin’s laxative properties aid to relax the intestinal muscles, allowing for a smoother rhythm when passing faeces. It also can attract water, which softens the stool and allows it to pass more readily. Roselle has 29 mg of magnesium, 6.90% of the daily required amount.

Weight loss

Hibiscus herbal tea might also help you lose weight. If you eat foods high in carbohydrates, you can gain weight since they include sugar and starch. However, studies have shown that hibiscus extract reduces the absorption of carbohydrates and glucose and may aid in weight loss.

Hibiscus suppresses the synthesis of amylase, which aids in the digestion of carbs and starch; hence drinking hibiscus tea reduces this absorption. As a result, hibiscus tea can be included in various weight loss solutions.

Antidepressant properties

Flavonoids, which have antidepressant qualities, are present. Flavonoids promote relaxation of the nervous system. Reduces anxiety and sadness by inducing a relaxed state in the body and mind.

Cancer resistant properties

Hibiscus herbal tea contains anti-tumour and antioxidant hibiscus protocatechuic acid. According to a study conducted, hibiscus slows cancerous cell growth by inducing apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.

Muscle weakness

Roselle contains Phosphorous, which has the power to alleviate minor health issues such as muscle weakness, numbness, exhaustion, and other comparable symptoms. Normal phosphorus levels in the body are an excellent method to stay fit and active. According to experts and other health practitioners, a normal dose for adults is around 1200 mg. Sexual weakness can also be treated with a healthy phosphorus supplementation into the body, so issues like libido loss, frigidity, impotence, and sperm motility can be improved by having an adequate supply of phosphorus in your system.

Management of coughs, colds, and fever

Roselle contains Vitamin C, which helps to boost our immune system and protects us from colds and coughs. Aside from that, it aids iron absorption and enhances the body’s resilience against infection. It is also effective against viruses.

In addition to its substantial benefits, hibiscus is also known to have anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial properties. Thus hibiscus tea is widely used as a supplement to help treat coughs and colds. Since it has a cooling effect, it is particularly useful in reducing the discomfort of fevers caused by such diseases.

Keeps teeth and gums healthy

As a result of the calcium in Roselle, the jaw bone remains strong and sturdy throughout your life, making your teeth tight and free from bacteria. Before you start experiencing tooth and gum problems, make sure you keep a calcium-rich diet. Your children’s oral health will naturally improve with its intake, especially at a young age.

Protects liver

Antioxidant qualities help to treat liver problems (Antioxidants help to protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals present in bodily tissues and cells) (Antioxidants help to protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells)

Healthy pregnancy

Pregnant ladies should take more iron-rich meals than anyone else. So including iron-rich food like Roselle is quite advantageous for pregnant women as they require roughly 27 mg daily, and this is frequently covered in a prenatal multi-vitamin. Also, pregnant women should try consuming more healthy fat and folate-rich foods throughout pregnancy.

It tastes fantastic!

Hibiscus herbal tea has a flavour that is remarkably similar to cranberry juice. It can be regarded as tart. Therefore you can add sweetener to increase the sweetness. Depending on your taste, you can experiment with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.

How to use roselle hibiscus?

  • Hibiscus tea

The leaves, blooms, and pods of Roselle hibiscus are all edible. The leaves have a spicy spinach taste and are widely used in various cultures around the world. In hot water, dried leaves are steeped to create this caffeine-free tea. This tea can be flavored with ginger or lemon and sweetened with sugar.

  • Alcohol-free beverage

Dried Roselle calyces can be used to make soft drinks. First, wash the dried calyces to remove dirt, then boil for 8-10 minutes to make the dark red solution. The solution is filtered to eliminate calyces before being sweetened and flavored with sugar, pineapple, cloves, or ginger. Finally, chill the drink in the refrigerator before serving.

  • Smoothies

Blend it into smoothies. Calyces can be used fresh or frozen in smoothies after being removed from the seed pod. (Don’t forget that the leaves are edible and make an excellent addition to smoothies.)

  • Jellies and jams

Roselle jam is solely created with calyces and sugar. Due to pectin and citric acid in the calyces, the resulting jam or jelly is typically red, thick, and sour. Collect and rinse fresh calyces before boiling for 10-15 minutes to make roselle jam. Finally, combine the boiling calyces with the sugar and heat. Congratulations, your jam is now ready to be stored in jars.

  • Sauces

Roselle can be added to your favorite sauces. Roselle provides a distinct flavor and color to sauces, making them a great addition to sweet and savory dishes.

  • Soup

Fresh green roselle calyx makes a popular soup in Nigeria called Isapa or Ashuwe. It’s made using egusi oil melon seeds, beef, seafood, veggies, seasonings, and locust beans. It is supposed to be both healthful and tasty.

Conclusion on roselle hibiscus:

The roselle flower, which is robust, refreshing, and stimulating, is gaining appeal for its health advantages as we learn more about it. The roselle plant, or roselle hibiscus, is a shrub native to West Africa to Sudan, but it is now grown in many tropical nations. As the study progresses, it may become increasingly commonly acknowledged as an effective medical treatment.

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  4. Thai Basil
  5. Moringa
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