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Compilation by Armando Gonzalez Stuart, PhD

Scientific Name:

Hibiscus sabdariffa

Botanical Family:


Other Common Name:

Roselle, Sour tea, Red sorrel, Karkade

Common names in Spanish:

Flor de Jamaica, Jamaica, Rosa de Jamaica, Acedera de Guinea, Obelisco, Rosamorada

Parts of the plant used:

Mainly the flowers and the leaves.

How is it used?

  • Hibiscus flowers and occasionally the leaves, are taken as decoctions or teas (hot or cold), as well as sweetened beverages in many countries around the world

What is it used for?

  • The traditional medicinal uses of the plant are varied and include the use of hibiscus flowers for the treatment of :
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  •  High blood pressure
  • High level of fats in the blood
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  •  The unsweetened tea made from the flowers is used in Mexico to treat coughs
  • The flowers contain natural antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds


Safety / Precautions


  • There are no reported cases of side effects or toxicity in using this herb
  • Limited studies in animals have shown a possible interaction between hibiscus and acetaminophen (paracetamol)

Before you decide to take any medicinal herb or herbal supplement, be sure to consult with your health care professional first. Avoid self-diagnosis and self-medication: Always be on the safe side!



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