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Herbal remedies using Rosella

Herbal remedies using Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Also known as roselle, Jamaica sorrel and karkadé

The use of herbal remedies, including the herb rosella (roselle, Jamaica sorrel, karkadé), classified as Hibiscus sabdariffa, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including proper kidney functioning, clearing up mucus and opening a blocked nose.

Hibiscus sabdariffa is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular, but should NOT replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs.

rosella, Hibiscus sabdariffa, outer leaves of the Hibiscus (also known as Natal sorrel) flower (calyxes - calyces)

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Rosella is used for

Which part of rosella is used

Making herbal tea


Other infusions and herbal index
Hibiscus sabdariffa

Rosella is also known as Hibiscus sabdariffa, and has certain therapeutic properties and the reported benefits of using it internally, in the form of a herbal tea (infusion) are listed below.
Rosella is used for the following roselle, Jamaica sorrel or karkadé, Hibiscus sabdariffa, rosella

Hibiscus sabdariffa benefits:

* soothes colds
* opens blocked nose
* clears up mucous
* astringent
* promotes proper kidney function
* helps digestion
* general tonic
* diuretic
* helps reduce fever

Which part to use for rosella herbal tea soothes colds

The outer leaves of the Hibiscus flower (also known as Natal sorrel) (calyxes - calyces) are used for making the brew.
Making herbal tea promotes proper kidney function

The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.

* Fresh plant material
o When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 cup fresh material is used, following the method above.
* Dried material
o When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 teaspoons of material when making it.
* Bark or seeds
o Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
* Sweetening your infusion
o You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.

General warning when using herbal infusions Hibiscus sabdariffa

* Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.
* If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.
* Do not continuously drink the same infusion. At maximum use for 10 days and then skip 5 days.
* Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods - such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.
* When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.

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