Surprise your guests with a hibiscus drink


The chembarathi (hibiscus) has great medicinal properties. Studies say it has the potential to act on blood pressure, fever, bad tummy, and bacterial infections.

People make teas and juices out of the flowers and leaves of the hibiscus. Recent research also says it has excellent cancer-fighting properties.

Women swear by its potential for toning and shampooing the hair. One natural hibiscus remedy for hair fall is to add hibiscus flowers to coconut oil and leave it under the sun for a while. This natural heating plus the flower’s herbal properties help prevent hair fall. The oil thus treated gives the hair a natural black sheen. The flower, when fried in ghee and consumed, prevents excessive menstrual bleeding.

Hibiscus drink

Hibiscus leaves, flowers and roots are used in the manufacture of herbal medicines. The floral remedies are effective in treating colds, cough, body ache, inflammation and respiratory diseases. The pulp extracted from the flower is a balm for burns.

While the flower extract is a good laxative, the roots of the plant are used for treating sexual ailments.

Here’s how to make a delicious and healthy hibiscus squash: 


250 gm hibiscus flowers

Water as required

750 gm sugar

10 gm powdered nannari or naruneendi (sarasaparilla)


Wash the hibiscus flowers, remove the stem and boil them in a litre of water

Remove the flower bits from the solution

Add sugar and boil for at least four times

Add powdered nannari or naruneendi and boil again

Cool the squash and bottle it.


How to drink: Mix two teaspoons of squash in a glass of water. This can be had by people of all ages. The drink is touted to be an energy-booster. The residual flowers can be mixed with vegetables and cooked.

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