How to Make Paste Shampoo From Fresh Hibiscus Flowers and Leaves
Did You Know a Flower Is Good for Your Hair?
Do you have the gorgeous Hibiscus growing in your garden? Did you know that the flowers and leaves may be used to clean your hair and make it incredibly soft and silky?
It was news to me, and this transformation from Hibiscus flowers and leaves to a paste shampoo can be easily done at home in a few minutes. If you are fortunate to have one of the 200 plus varieties of Hibiscus growing in your garden, why not give this a try! It is all natural, works wonders on your hair and is gentle enough to use on children.
In this article, we'll explore:
- facts about Hibiscus leaves and flowers
- how to turn them into a shampoo paste for your hair
- other incredible benefits from Hibiscus
Information on Hibiscus Flowers
- The Hibiscus is a genus of plant that is part of the Malvaceae Family and is native to the warm, temperate tropical and sub tropical regions of the world.
- They can be found in abundance growing in India, Malaysia, Hawaii, Florida, Australia and Costa Rica to name a few.
- The big flowers are a trumpet shape consisting of 5 or more petals.
- Very versatile, these flowers have varieties that are small trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials and are widely grown in containers for their wonderful exotic looks.
- Ranging from soft tones to bold showy vibrant petals they cover a spectrum of colourings in White, Yellow, Peach, Orange, Red, Pink and Purple. Colourings may often be a two tone effect which adds great interest to these highly sought after flowering plants that are both big and bold whilst being very delicate.
- The leaves provide a stunning contrast to the extravagant flowers and are dark green and shiny in appearance which only emphasizes the beauty in the exotic flowers.
How to Make Hibiscus Paste Shampoo
You Will Need:
- 3-5 Hibiscus flowers
- 20 Hibiscus leaves
- ½ cup of water
- Storage container
- Gently wash the leaves
- Remove the petals from the flower (approximately 15-25)
- Put the petals and leaves in a bowl and soak in the half a cup of water for 15 minutes.
- When they have softened up, remove from the bowl and put into the blender.
- Blend until the mixture is smooth and it may then be transferred to a container to keep.
- The Hibiscus paste shampoo has a sticky consistency and is now ready to use.
- Shampoo the hair as normal.
Tips to Remember:
Don’t be tempted to add more water. Use only half a cup, as stated.
Only the petals of the flower are used.
The shampoo paste should be used within 4 – 5 hours.
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Benefits and Uses of Hibiscus
- Hibiscus tea is extremely popular and effective as a natural diuretic and contains both vitamin C and minerals. Whilst further research is needed, studies done in 2008 by USDA showed the tea to have a significant effect in reducing blood pressure.
- The variety Hibiscus rosa-sinensis has been shown to have possibilities in cosmetic use due to its ability to absorb ultra violet radiation and the same variety has had a long standing tradition in Chinese medicine.
- Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine practiced in India and the Hibiscus is used extensively. The White Hibiscus and the Red Hibiscus are predominantly used for their medicinal properties. The roots are used in various lotions and potions to help cure coughs, hair loss and even the greying of hair. Medicated hair oil is made by boiling the petals with various spices.
- Hibiscus Cannibinus is used in paper making.
- Popular in Mexico, dried Hibiscus is eaten and can also be candied and served as a garnish.
- Natural food colourings are fast becoming a new way of using certain species of Hibiscus.
- In the Philippines, children love using Hibiscus for blowing bubbles. The flowers and leaves are crushed until the sticky juices are formed. By using a hollow Papaya stalk as a straw they are able to have fun blowing bubbles!
- The bark of the Hibiscus is used in making grass skirts and wigs.
Did you know you could use Hibiscus as a shampoo?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Suzanne Ridgeway