The hibiscus is one of the best loved flowers in India. Many varieties and colours of hibiscus are grown in Indian gardens. The flowers are used to offer in worship to Hindu deities. The red hibiscus rosa sinesis is used with coconut oil to give strength and shine to hair. The ground leaves are used as a natural shampoo.
Hibiscus is used as a food in South Kanara. Delicious preserves are made using the flower. My grandmother was given a diet of boiled hibiscus flowers when she had the typhoid, in an age when typhoid was a deadly disease, and she was cured.
Tea made of hibiscus flowers is a well known recipe for lowering blood pressure.
The white hibiscus is used in Ayurveda for kidney problems. It is a natural diuretic.
The hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia.