“”What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Why this post on hibiscus? The last few weeks have been busy with research on how I can make things at home for the family. By that I mean, how can I reduce our dependency on chemical products bought from the store. So beginning from soaps and all the way to lotions, I’m going the homemade, natural way. My first stop in this journey is to tend towards something that is available in our garden. It is perennial and is available anytime I need it. So hibiscus or Jamaica or Rosemallow as it is called is excellent stuff for the hair. Now, I know for a fact that V will do a double take if I suggest anything on the lines of using hibiscus on his hair, but momma and sonny will go the natural route.
For people who have an aversion for pasty hair masks, this may not be your thing. You could, instead use the hibiscus hair-oil recipe. This has been used in my family and just about anyone in Kerala who grows hibiscus. This plant is beautiful in every sense of the word. The flowers are used as an offering during worship, and it also has great uses in Ayurveda.
For the mask:
Hibiscus leaves enough to make about 1/2 a cup
5 fresh flowers
Wash the leaves and flowers and blend them to a fine paste. Apply liberally over hair and scalp and let sit for 30 mins. Rinse your hair with luke warm water. You could use a mild shampoo if you chose, but remember not to use anything to harsh. You will feel the difference right away. You could use this mask twice or thrice a week.
For the hair oil:
5 flowers. They can be fresh or a day old.
3 fresh hibiscus leaves
3 Tulasi leaves
I cup oil ( whatever you prefer for your hair)
Chop the flowers and leaves into small pieces, and crush it. You will get about 1/2 a cup of it. In a pan add just a little of the oil, then add the chopped up leaves and flowers. When the flowers and leaves begin wilting and release a leafy smell, add the remaining oil. When the oil gets luke warm, turn off the stove.
Allow it to cool. Sieve the homemade hibiscus hair oil into a glass bottle.
Before bathing warm the hibiscus hair oil and apply on hair and scalp and do a massage. Wait for 10 min. and take a bath. If you use this homemade hibiscus hair oil at least once a week consistently, it will help your hair grow well.