The Jamaica flower or albasinia rose is the flower of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant , which is classified in the Malvaceae family. It is native to tropical Africa and is cultivated in other regions of the planet to be used as a medicinal plant and in infusions to flavor fresh waters in Mexico and other Latin American countries.Hibiscus flower, whether in fresh or dried form, has long been applied in herbal medicine to treat a variety of ailments . There have been cases of ailments in which, despite being assumed, it has not exerted influence. However, the medicinal properties that have been proven are its diuretic and laxative capacities, among others.

One of the main uses of the Jamaica flower is in gastronomy, to prepare hot infusions, fresh waters, sweets, salads and some stews.

What is the Jamaica flower for?

The Jamaica flower is generally used as a food, flavoring and natural coloring. By boiling it in plenty of water, its extract can be obtained, which is purplish-red in color. This can work as a colorant and concentrate for fresh waters, soft drinks and sweets. In many places, flowers are part of typical sweet and savory dishes or snacks.

It serves to:

  • Diuretic and laxative effects
  • Make food
  • Weight reduction
  • Conservation of the organism

The hibiscus flower is recognized for its diuretic properties.

Diuretic and laxative effects

Jamaica flower is a natural detoxifier ; It allows our body to dispose of toxins through the diuresis that it induces to consume it. It puts the kidneys and the rest of the urinary system to work and allows to expel the existing debris within the gastrointestinal tract.

It his laxative effects and the fiber it contains helps to rid the body of stagnant substances in the intestinal tract that can cause long-term damage.

Make food

The Jamaica flower is used in gastronomy to give a particular flavor to various stews, sweets and fresh waters; Furthermore, as it is a natural colorant, it gives them a characteristic coloration .

It is an important food material, as it provides vitamins and minerals, such as:

  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Match
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Football
  • Vitamina A (Retinol)
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Natural fiber

Well-sweetened hibiscus fresh water is delicious and nutritious.

Weight reduction

The Jamaica flower provides almost no calories. You can take infusions and fresh waters prepared from it, to achieve a detoxifying effect on the body. Toxins and substances that tend to lodge in the intestines are eliminated , slowing down the digestive process and preventing the proper breakdown of fats.

It also reduces water levels in the body as it is a natural diuretic. On the other hand, fresh Jamaica water can be consumed to give the stomach a feeling of fullness , which prevents us from consuming too much food.

Conservation of the organism

The Jamaica flower has a variety of antioxidants that prevent cell aging. These are the following substances:

  • Vitamina A (Retinol)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Significant amounts of anthocyanin (an antioxidant classified as a flavonoid, and which is present in reddish, purple and blue vegetables)

These antioxidants benefit health by preventing cells from deteriorating and aging.


Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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