Sudanese rose – tea and medicine
Rosella, Venetian mallow, Pharaonic flower, Sudanese rose are common names for the Hibiscus sabdariff, which we know as hibiscus. Recently, dried red petals of this beautiful plant began to be imported into our country, and we got acquainted with a drink that has long been known in many countries. In Egypt, hibiscus is a national drink, and is grown commercially in Sudan (the highest quality raw materials), India, Mexico, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka and the island of Java. Sell dried hibiscus petals, cups and rosants both by weight, and packed in colorful bags or convenient infusion bags.
Application of the Sudanese rose
In our usual view, aromatic sweet and sour tea is prepared from the red petals of this plant, which can be drunk both hot and cold. Few people know that they use Sudanese rose not only in the form of tea and decoctions, from its petals you can make jam, jelly, compote, preserves, make tincture or cocktails. Stems, young shoots, leaves and flower petals are added to salads, first and second courses as vegetables. The soaked petals left after drinking tea will be useful to eat, since they contain a lot of vitamins, antioxidants and antiseptic substances. This plant gives the body energy, regulates blood pressure, strengthens the walls of blood vessels, improves vision, and in general in the East it is considered “a cure for all diseases.”.
And it is not without reason that hibiscus carries the epithet “flower of the pharaohs.” According to legend, the Egyptian queen Cleopatra not only drank a decoction of hibiscus, but also regularly took baths from it. Supposedly it was he who gave her skin a unique copper tint. Whether it was so or not, we no longer know, but our contemporaries began to use the magical properties of this flower in cosmetology:
- for problem skin of the face, the soaked petals are used in the form of a cleansing mask;
- for swelling around the eyes, use the tea leaves of the Sudanese rose, wrapping it in gauze bags;
- the problem of oily hair helps to solve the periodic rubbing of gruel from the petals, which reduces the secretion of sebum.
Growing a Sudanese rose at home
Lovers of home plants, as well as a pleasant and healthy drink and natural cosmetics, can grow this wonderful flower at home. In garden nurseries and shops “everything for the garden” is unlikely to find rooted cuttings or young seedlings of hibiscus. Therefore, you will have to start growing a Sudanese rose yourself. Subsequently, it will be possible to harvest cuttings from your lignified plant, rooting them in the usual way, i.e. soaking in a growth stimulator and planting in soil or sand under a glass jar.
The seeds can be ordered on the Internet or, even easier, you can look for them in the purchased package with hibiscus. Soak them, and after the appearance of a tender sprout, plant them in a small pot, which, as the plant grows, will need to be replaced with a larger container (a tub with a volume of up to 100 liters). The soil for a young shoot needs to be prepared light. The easiest way to buy a package of ready-made soil substrate for ornamental shrubs, which includes leaf and horse soil, peat, sand and humus. As the plant grows heavier and grows (up to two meters in height), it is transplanted into a pot with heavier soil, and if the volume of the pot allows, and there is no way to transplant the flower, then they simply add new soil.
Home Sudanese Rose Care
The hibiscus sprout is very fond of watering and light, but not direct sunlight, and does not tolerate drafts. With a change in temperature or a draft, a capricious plant drops flowers, which, by the way, will appear 5 years after planting. Feels comfortable at a temperature of about + 20 ° C (above + 15 ° in winter, and up to 25 ° in summer). With a lack of moisture, the tips of the leaves dry out, and this can be avoided by spraying with water. In an adult lignified bush, if necessary, you can trim the crown, covering the wounds with garden pitch. Caring for a Sudanese rose also consists in feeding the plant, especially during the growth period, with liquid bacterial fertilizers. They should be used in accordance with the directions on the packaging..
The Sudanese rose is susceptible to certain diseases (bacterial cancer, anthracnose) and suffers from pests (aphids, spider mites). In some cases, spraying and treatment with special preparations or the physical destruction of insects helps, but in especially difficult cases the plant dies.