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Herbaceous plant which grows in tropical zone and cultivated to the edge of desert, the karkade is from Guinea. Over time, it has spread widely in West Africa (more precisely in Togo, Niger, Senegal, in the south of Mali, in Burkina Faso, in Benin, in the north of the Ivory Coast); then, in other regions of the African continent including the Central African Republic, theEgypt, the Congo, and the Botswana.
Spelled "carcadet" or also called "Guinea Sorrel," bisspa "..., this plant very often consumed in the form of syrup extract from his flowers red, is also known in Continental Southeast Asia, at Mexico and to French West Indies.
Belonging to the Malvaceae family, Guinea Sorrel represents an exciting area of research in medicine due to its beneficial effect on health. What are his therapeutic properties ? What are the advice and precautions to take to get the most out of it?
Karkadé: for the record
Karkadé belongs to the genus Hibiscus. Etymologically, word "Hibiscus " come from Greek « hibiskos "To designate the marshmallow.
This plant would undoubtedly have been transported and implanted in the new world by the African slaves which in fact have an essential basis of their eating habits. In Africa, some say that Karkadé represents a magic plant whose powers would induce divination, love and even sexual desire.
As a result, during certain love rituals, her buttons are burned and then braided before being worn around the neck during ceremonies of wedding.
Karkadé: virtues and health benefits
This shrub with taproot whose leaves taste likesorrel and whose flowers are colored yellow speckled reddish-brown with a long calyx red or green (depending on the variety) has all the merits.
But what about his properties and medicinal virtues ?
Also called "roselle", "rose tea", "Empire tea", "hibiscus" or "Guinea red sorrel", karkadé is a rich plant in mucilages whose fruits are also rich in citric acid and vitamin C.
As for his properties, the karkadé is a real anti-inflammatory, a antiasthenic, a antioxidant, a diuretic, a antispasmodic (gastrointestinal and uterine) but it is also known for its revitalizing properties, of drainage, toning and slimming!
Recommended for bring down the blood pressure, Empire tea is also used for:
- To fight against tired
- lower high blood pressure
- soothe inflammation of the respiratory tract
- fight against gastrointestinal spasms,
- promote the taking of weight
- reduce the risk of cardiovascular illnesses.
As for his flowers, externally (in the form of compresses soaked in an infusion of hibiscus), they have a positive effect on the healing of abscess, the dermatosis, the edema and eczema oozing.
How to use karkadé
How to treat yourself with this natural remedy, karkadé?
A refreshing drink made from karkadé is easy to prepare. Off the heat, add 12 cl of natural cane sugar and 1/2 mustard glass of chopped karkadé chalices in 1 l of boiling water.
Cover and let stand for ¼ hour. Filter, then add 3/4 liter cold water and orange slices or honey. Drink cool or hot.
In Capsules, take 1000 mg of dried karkade 2 or 3 times a day.
In Dyeing, take 1 teaspoon, 2 times a day.
In Infusion, pour 2 teaspoons of chopped karkadé in 25 cl of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Filter. Add sugar. Drink.
Good to know about karkadé
Karkadé is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Do not hesitate to ask for thenotice of your doctor.