“A Multi-Purpose Plant For Healing the World”
Great for the GI tract, helps with coughs, clears away phylum, and helps to prevent kidney stones, boosts up our immune system, lowers cholesterol, soothes the GI tract, and helps to prevent cancer. And this plant is also used for cooking, used for making rope, lubricants, dyes, and more.
Where it Grows – This plant likes warm tropical climates but will grow in subtropical and other areas of the world as an annual. It’s part of the hibiscus family and has red flower and long leaves. Asian Sour Leaf enjoys loamy soil and lots of water and sun. This plant can be found in Asia, China, Papua New Guinea, Africa, Australia, India, Pakistan, Mexico, the Caribbean, Jamaica, Florida, Southern Texas, Southern California, and many other places.
Other Names – Also called Sabdariffa Linn in Latin. Other names are Florida Cranberry, Guinea Sorrel, Indian Sorrel, Jamaica tea flower, Jamaican Sorrel, Jelly Okra, Java Jute, Karkadé, Nubia tea, Asian Sour Leaf, Natal Sorrel, Queensland Jelly Plant, Pink Lemonade, Red Sorrel, Rosella, Red Tea, Rozelle, Sorrel, plus Sour-Sour.
Parts Used – The red flowers and leaves are used for healing and in cooking. The seeds can be roasted and are edible and the roots are edible but not commonly used.
Immune Boosting Agent – Asian Sour Leaf is full of great antioxidants that help to boost up our immune system and prevent disease.
Helps with Flus and Colds – Because Asian Sour Leaf is full of powerful antioxidants it also prevents colds and flu and shortens their duration and also helps to get rid of the phylum.
Prevent Cancer – Because the leaves and flowers contain lots of Vitamin C they can help to prevent certain types of cancer.
Stops a Nagging Cough – Taking the flowers and making a tea called “Sudan Tea” in Africa stops a nagging cough.
Mouth Ulcers – Asian Sour Leaf also works well for healing mouth ulcers and irritations of the mouth and throat.
Heals Heartburn and Indigestion – Asian Sour Leaf like many other sour and bitter agents helps to heal heartburn and indigestion. The sour leaves cooked and used in culinary dishes are great for the stomach.
Contains Lots of Vitamin C – Asian Sour Leaf flowers contain lots of vitamin C and thus are great for making a tea for healing colds and flu. Take one flower, place it in a cup of boiling water and let steep for 15 minutes, then cool and drink 3 to 5 times daily.
Good Diuretic – The sour leaves are a good diuretic similar to cabbage and asparagus and other diuretic foods and thus help to detox the body if toxic agents and help to cleans the kidneys of stone forming crystals.
The Flowers Help with Insomnia – Asian Sour Leaf Flower tea is relaxing, soothing, and helps a person fall asleep and stay asleep. The flowers contain compounds which are sedative in nature.
Helps With Heart Disease – Studies done at Chau-Jong Wang Chung San Medical University in Taiwan show that eating the leaves and flowers can gradually help to resolve some types of heart disease.
Lowers High Blood Pressure – Studies also show that taking Asian Sour Leaf Flowers and making tea can lower blood pressure. Taking the tea for one month can lower blood pressure significantly.
Contains – The flowers contain pectin, citric acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, calcium, lots of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and B Vitamins, and anthocyanins and more antioxidants.
Heals Gout – Taking the flower tea 4 times a day can heal gout and flush away uric acid crystal buildup.
Balances Blood Sugar – The red tea of this flower also helps to lower and balance blood sugar… great for those with diabetes.
Pectin Lowers Cholesterol – The pectin in Asian Sour Leaf also helps to lower blood cholesterol or LDL cholesterol.
Lowers Fevers – Asian Sour Leaf flower tea also helps to lower fevers and is safe for children with fevers.
Helps with Weight Loss – Asian Sour Leaf flower tea also helps to boost up our metabolism an this helps to increase weight loss. Along with a good diet, this tea can help you lose weight.
Strong Teeth and Bones – Asian Sour Leaf flower tea and the eating of the leaves contains lots of calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.
Full of Natural Iron – Asian Sour Leaf is full of iron which is important for healing anemia and also for pregnancy.
Great for Constipation – Asian Sour leaf also contains lots of fiber for building probiotics and preventing disease… and healing constipation. The more probiotics we have in our body the better our immune system.
Culinary Uses – The flowers are used for making jams, jellies, wines, syrup, pudding, pickles, herbal teas, ice cream, sherbets, tarts, pies, for flavoring rums, beer, and teas, soft drinks, and more. The pectin in this plant can be used in making all kinds of food preparations. The tender leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and go well with meats and are used a lot of Asian cooking. And the leaves have a sour flavor that goes well with spicy food. The seeds can be roasted and they are edible and can be ground and used in sauces… and in soaps and in oils.
Other Uses for the Plant – The plants can be dried and made into rope, twin, sacks, and more. Plus it can be used as animal feed for livestock and for poultry. And it can be used as a yellow dye for clothing, used in nutraceuticals, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical preparations. Plus the seed oil can be used as a lubricant for mechanical uses. Another multi-use plant that works wonders for healing the world.
Enjoy this Multipurpose Plant
Many Blessings to Everyone!
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist