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Hibiscus rosa

dried hibiscus powder

Aromatic Note: Top note


The most widely cultivated of the genus, Hibiscus rosa is a dense, evergreen shrub which produces treasured bright crimson flowers.

The flowers are broadly used for medicine and flavoring.

In Hindu devotional ceremonies, Hibiscus is a sacred offering to Ganesh, the elephant god.

Hibiscus seeds are also used for incense – see our Musk Seed information.


Family: Malvaceae

Synonyms: Chinese Hibiscus, Rose of China, Hawaiian Hibiscus

Origin: China, Hawaii, India, Jamaica, Central America, United States: California and Florida

Parts Used: dried flowers

Aroma Description: sweet, floral, lemony and somewhat marshmallow aroma

Cosmetic Uses: used as a colorant in cosmetics

Culinary Uses: used to color foods such as jellies and preserved fruits, teas

Medicinal Attributes: used to treat painful menstruation, venereal diseases, feverish illnesses, coughs and is said to stimulate hair growth

Essential Oil: None known

Mixes Well With: benzoin, elemi, frankincense, musk seed, rose, storax, etc.

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