Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hibiscus plants are part of a large genus, the mallow family, containing hundreds of plants, confined to mostly sub-tropical and tropical climates. This family of plants is hardy, ornamental and feature large, colourful flowers which can be used as a tea, or in food dishes.
Hibiscus plants contain antioxidants similar to those in cranberries or red wine and also contain naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that help exfoliate skin, speed cell turn-over and increase the overall youthful appearance of skin. The astringent capabilities of the flower help shrink and clean pores, removing black heads and evening skin tone. Hibiscus is also high in mucilage content, making it an incredibly effective moisturizer.