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(Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deities: Kali (Hindu goddess of soul liberation), Ganesha (Hindu god of good fortune)

Hibiscus is usually thought of only as a flower, but its petals are used medicinally as well as for culinary purposes, and the color of red hibiscus—whether it’s used in a tea, a magical sachet, or some other Witchy creation—is a delightful addition to the usual greens and browns of an herbal magician’s pantry. You can find dried hibiscus in the herb section of any natural foods store, or online. If you live in a warm climate, you can also grow it in your garden and harvest and dry the petals yourself! Hibiscus is found in a few different colors, but its red hibiscus that best serves both medicinal and magical purposes.  Hibiscus has been used in various parts of the world in teas and jams, and even for paper making. In some places, fibers from the stem of the hibiscus are used for making sackcloth and twine. High in antioxidants, the tea is beneficial for regulating appetite, protecting the liver, and helping the body speed up healing from a cold or flu. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and has even been used in some parts of the world for encouraging hair to grow more thickly and keep from turning grey prematurely. The primary magical uses for hibiscus are love, lust, and divination. The flowers can be brewed in a strong tea which is drunk for inducing lust and passion. It can also be carried in a sachet or burned as an incense to attract love. Loose dried petals in a hot bath are a delightful way to raise one’s vibration and induce a general sense of well-being, which is a precursor to attracting new love. (Test your bathtub’s stain resistance before trying this—the color may rinse out more easily in older porcelain tubs than in newer acrylic ones.) For divination and clairvoyance, mix hibiscus into an incense. The flowers can also be used as a scrying tool when placed in a wooden bowl filled with water. Hibiscus is also known as kharkady and shoeflower.

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