Big and bold the beauty of the Hibiscus flower is truly a sight to behold. Botanically, the plant is part of the genus Malvaceae, and is part of the mallow family. During my first trip to Jamaica I was pleasantly surprised to find these brilliant beauties everywhere. Locals told me they were called Jamaica flower.
However, the Caribbean isn’t the only place that delights in this flower. In China giving these blooms symbolizes the fleeting yet beautiful nature of fame. While the Victorian language of flowers used this to represent an appreciation of delicate beauty. Hibiscus is a common ingredient in use in both kitchen magic and spellwork. One of the things that my hometown of Brooklyn has become famous for of late is a place called Dough Doughnuts. During my last workshop on Love Magic I talked about their sublime Hibiscus doughnut, and many folks in my audience nodded in agreement.
Love That Hibiscus
Magickally Hibiscus is great to use in spells for love. You can use it in cooking, like the people at the doughnut shop. Alternatively, you can use it in regular spells, such as baths, candle magic, and floorwashes to bring love and harmony into your life. The blooms are very short lived, so consequently the easiest way to obtain the flower is in it’s dried form. This can be used as a tea or simple infusion and then sprinkled about your home, or drank to attract love. If you would like a more detailed recipe here’s my favorite one for Hibiscus Lemonade
Hibiscus Lemonade Recipe
1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled
2 inch piece of orange peel, dried
1 cup honey
1/4 cup Hibiscus Flowers, dried
1 cup lemon juice
6 cups water
Boil two cups of the water in a small saucepan over low heat. Add ginger root, orange peel, and honey stirring well. Turn heat down to simmer and cook for one minute. Remove from heat. Add the hibiscus flowers and lemon juice. Cool the mixture down to room temperature and strain. Place in a large pitcher along with the remaining 4 cups of water. Chill and serve over ice. Makes 6 servings.
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