Hi, my lovelies and welcome to WiccaNow. Recently I’ve been talking a lot about all my favourite magickal herbs and plants, like this post about the magickal properties of lemons, another about pine, one about garlic and another post about the magickal properties of dandelion. I’ve also shared a botanical witchipedia for an overview of a whole lot of plants and herbs. Today I want to continue down this path by sharing my guide to the magickal properties of hibiscus.
Hibiscus is the ultimate flower of passion. Its other magickal properties include love, divination, freedom and many more. It’s been used medicinally to lower blood pressure and boost liver health, as well as being a common ceremonial tea in many cultures.
Disclaimer: Any medicinal benefits given here are a product of my own research and as such should not be taken over the advice of trained medical professionals. If you are ill, please go and see a doctor. Always make sure that anything you consume is 100% safe. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor or midwife before consuming something you haven’t tried before.
History of Hibiscus
Hibiscus is a flowering plant in the Malvaceae family. There are a few hundred different species of hibiscus which grow in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates all over the world. This genus of plants has both annual and perennial plants, along with small trees and shrubs.
No one is quite sure where exactly hibiscus originated. There are 8 different species which are thought to be the forefathers of the modern hibiscus. These 8 species are native to Mauritius, Madagascar, Fiji, Hawaii and either India or China. These 8 original species have been hybridized into hundreds of other species.
The first mention of hibiscus is from around 295BCE when a Chinese author mentioned growing it. Although it was grown widely in China, it didn’t make it to Europe particularly early, probably due to the travel restrictions placed on Europeans by China during the 1300s. These lasted all the way through to 1860. It’s possible European visitors never even saw hibiscus when they were in China so couldn’t bring back any plants. It’s thought that hibiscus was brought to Europe in the 1700s by explorers who travelled down the silk road. Carl Linnaeus was the first person to name it hibiscus when he wrote his famous book “Species Plantarum”.
Beyond this short history, not much has been written about hibiscus. I presume that this is because it wasn’t growing in the US or Europe until the 1700s so wasn’t something that would have been mentioned often in older texts.
Fun Facts about Hibiscus
- Also known as rose mellow, hardy hibiscus, rose of sharon and tropical hibiscus.
- Hibiscus has a history of being a religious symbol. It’s the flower of the Hindu Goddess Kali and she is often pictured merging into a hibiscus flower. It’s common to offer hibiscus flowers to both her and Lord Ganesha during worship.
- Hibiscus can symbolise the relationship status of a woman in Tahiti and Hawaii. If worn on behind the left ear the woman isn’t available for a relationship, and if worn on the right she is single or open to a new relationship.
- Yellow hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii.
- Hibiscus juices can be used to blow bubbles, this works particularly well when combined with soap.
- Hibiscus is the national symbol of Haiti and the national flower of Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Niue.
- A species of hibiscus, Hibiscus cannabinus, is often used to make paper.
- The inner bark of Hibiscus tiliaceus is used in Polynesia to make rope and the wood is used to make canoes.
- Hibiscus is a common tea which is consumed hot and cold all over the world.
- While most flowers don’t have strong enough pigments to dye cloth or else fade very quickly, hibiscus can be used to make a very stable, rich red dye.
- Hummingbirds like to feed from hibiscus flowers
- Hibiscus if regularly used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Medicinal Benefits of Hibiscus
The medicinal benefits of hibiscus are most commonly attributed to drinking hibiscus tea. It can e drunk both hot and cold and tastes similar to cranberry juice. The most common species used to make tea is hibiscus sabdariffa. Please note that while hibiscus is safe to consume in smallish amounts, it can interact with certain medications so always let your doctor know if you plan to drink hibiscus tea. In large dose, hibiscus extract can potentially cause liver damage.
- Full of antioxidants
- Might help to lower blood pressure. This is one that I can personally attest to because my father drinks hibiscus tea to lower his blood pressure and has said he has seen a noticeable drop in his blood pressure since drinking hibiscus tea. This may not work for everyone though, so always listen to your doctor.
- Might help lower blood fat levels
- Might help to boost liver health when taken in small doses, large doses may cause liver damage.
- Might help with weight loss
- May help to fight bacteria that cause infections.
- Might help prevent fluid retention
- May calm an irritated stomach
- May prevent urinary tract infections
- May prevent food cravings
- Might aid digestion
- Might support your immune system
- May have a cooling effect on the body, so it’s great when drunk cold in tropical climates
- May remedy dandruff and hair loss
Magickal Properties of Hibiscus
Typically, the magickal properties of hibiscus are used in love spells. Hibiscus is considered an aphrodisiac and the red flowers, in particular, are prized for their use in love spells. Burn red hibiscus flowers as incense to increase the passion in the room. Sleep with hibiscus next to your or under your pillow in order to improve the chances of prophetic dreams.
- Psychic work
- Prophetic and lucid dreams
Deities: Venus, Aphrodite
Zodiac: Aquarius and Scorpio
Crystals: Rose quartz, orange carnelian and garnet
Love Jar Spell using Hibiscus
If you want to call new and passionate love into your life, or invigorate an existing love, consider trying out this love jar spell!
This jar spell for love uses candle magick so please make sure that you always practise fire safety and never leave a flame unattended or in reach of small children or pets.
- A small jar
- 6 red hibiscus flowers
- A small red candle
- A piece of rose quartz (small enough to fit into your jar)
- Dried cinnamon
- Rose oil
- 1 tsp dried coriander seeds
- Gather all your ingredients together and find a quiet corner.
- Close your eyes, centre yourself and take 5 deep breaths.
- Open your eyes.
- Place the rose quartz at the bottom of the jar. Place the hibiscus flowers on top. Add the coriander seeds. Sprinkle with a little dried cinnamon and a couple of drops of rose oil. Alternately, you can add rose petals to the jar too.
- Screw the jar of the lid on tightly.
- Take the candle and anoint it with a couple of drops of rose oil. Roll the anointed candle in some dried cinnamon.
- Attach the candle to the top of the jar by melting the bottom of the candle a little and then holding it in place on the lid until it sticks.
- Light the candle.
- Close your eyes and imagine the passionate love that you want to call into your life. Feel as if you are experiencing this love already. Imagine this love surrounding you and making every nerve ending in your body sing. Direct this energy into your jar. Fill the jar with as much of this energy as you can.
- Open your eyes.
- Looking into the flame of the candle say
“I call on the transformative energies of this flame to turn my energy into reality. Coriander and Hibiscus grant me your passionate powers, may the love I deserve make me feel empowered. So Mote it Be.”
- Allow the candle to burn down to nothing and be careful not to disturb any wax which may have melted over the jar.
- Anytime you want to activate the jar, either repeat steps 6-12 or simply take the jar into your hands and perform step 9.
So my loves, I hope this gives you all the information that you were looking for about the magickal properties of hibiscus! May your relationships be full of passion, your dreams full of magick and your days full of freedom and harmony.
Until next time,