Description: Entire plant is very red with flowers that have white to yellow petals with a dark red spot at the base,the fruit is used for teas, cooking, medicine, fiber and more
Uses: Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) has antioxidant effects and enhances cardiovascular health.
It has been shown to relax the uterus. It has also been used for indigestion (control of diarrhea), loss of appetite, as well as for colds, respiratory problems and circulation disorders. Roselle has antibacterial and anti-oxidant properties; lowers the blood pressure (hypotensive effect). It may be as potent as the drug Captopril (Capoten) in this regard. It is also antispasmodic (decrease spasms in the stomach, intestines, and uterus) and work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms (anthelmic).
Roselle significantly reduces cholesterol content in blood serum and prevents oxidation of low-density lipoproteins.
It can suppress blood lipid levels, including triglycerides and total cholesterol, significantly.
Roselle is potentially applicable to prevent atherosclerosis in humans due its anti-hyper-lipidaemic effect and anti-LDL oxidation.
It may therefore be useful in the prevention of a number of cardiovascular diseases in which cholesterol plays a major role. From Tropilab, http://www.tropilab.com/roselletea.html