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From my son's garden - 10

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 28 July 2013 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The hibiscus bud. I must tell you something here. When we were young our mother used the leaves of the hibiscus plant as conditioner for the hair after an oil bath. The leaves are crushed in cold water and it becomes soapy like shampoo.This would be used to wash the hair. The leaveds could also be dried in the sun , powdered, bottled and used. The hair would remain silky and gleaming!! As for the oil, the petals of the flowers would be dried a bit and fried in oil, which would then be strained and bottled. Ensured long growth of hair and freedom from dandruff...
Today chemical shampoos have replaced the good old herbal home made stuff:((((

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Hibiscus is very beautiful flower.

28 Jul 2013 5:13am

@Jypyä Pop: Yes Jypya...and they come in so many colours :-)

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Beautiful shot.
Interesting information about using the hibiscus leaves as shampoo - I have learned something new from you today, thank you for that.

28 Jul 2013 6:23am

@ursulakatariina: Thank you Ursul :-))

Patrick from Nord, France

Superbe bouton d hibiscus !

28 Jul 2013 6:53am

@Patrick: Merci Patrick :-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Lovely flower. Just wait and I'm sure one of the major companies in this field will make a remarkable discovery about the powers of this that your family and many others have know for generations. Sorry can't help being a bit of a cynic :-))

28 Jul 2013 7:19am

@Doug: Doug....some are already on yo it!! We find the powdered leaves in quite a few roadside shops in Kerala where they sell herbal medicines!! It is called " ThaaLi powder" ..the "L " sounds as in Volley ball...

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

I like the combination of green and red: the fine light makes them so saturated!
Your recipe for the hair care looks promising, but who will be willing to do all that work nowadays?
You should sell the recipe to some herbal industry...

28 Jul 2013 7:27am

@Longroute: It isn't that laborious !! Take a few leaves and put in in the blender with half a cup of water.Use it as a shampoo and ash the hair!!! Presto!! The job gets done!! It's cooling too. The powder is already available in some Ayurvedic Medical shops and roadside shops...may be the shamppoos will be out soon!!

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Excellent capture, the colors are beautiful. I love the cohabitation of red and green it's stunning, a beautiful photo.
Good Sunday.

28 Jul 2013 8:06am

@gerard1948: Thank you gerard....i appreciate :-)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Lovely red button of the ibiscus !

28 Jul 2013 8:19am

@Mhelene: It looks so edible:-))))

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

Really a lovely capture

28 Jul 2013 9:57am

@Calusarus: Thank you Clausarus :)))))))

helys from Paris, France

Nice shape, DOF, vibrant color, textures

28 Jul 2013 10:03am

@helys: Thank you helys :-)

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

that's very pretty

28 Jul 2013 10:25am

@Mariana Maoduš: Thank you Mariana... Your to shots of that happy kid in rain refuses to vanish from my eyes!!!

Martine Libouton from bousval, Belgium

Une belle fleur!! j'aime++++ et merci à toi pour ces explications très intéressantes!!!

28 Jul 2013 10:35am

@Martine Libouton: Merci Martine:-)

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

What a beautiful Hibiscus button. Thanks for sharing the information.

28 Jul 2013 11:05am

@MEC: Thank you are welcome :-)

tataray from france, France

Wooooooooooooooooo... excellent.)

28 Jul 2013 11:58am

@tataray: Thank you tataray :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Third Eye Blind from chaloos, Iran


28 Jul 2013 12:22pm

@Third Eye Blind: Thank you Third Eye :-)))))

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle fleur rouge quelle vue et compo sueprbe image et captage.

28 Jul 2013 1:22pm

@Nicou: Merci Nicou:-)

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide ce bouton d'hibiscus, une fleur splendide. Belle journée Devi.

28 Jul 2013 3:30pm

@Tede: Merci Tede :-)

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

That really is a shame Devi, with all those old remedies - the next generations will not know about it anymore.
The Hibiscus bud is beautiful ........ a nice capture.

kindest regards Monika

28 Jul 2013 4:19pm

@Shiva: Thank you Monika...But these are used in herbal preparations and people are slowly turning towards herbal and organic stuff!!!

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful focus, colors & lights!

28 Jul 2013 4:34pm

@omid: Thank you Omid :-)))

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

There is a beautiful symmetry to this lovely image.

28 Jul 2013 4:51pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you Ruthie:-D

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Excellents compo, mise au point, flou de l'arrière plan et contraste coloré.
Bonne fin de journée!

28 Jul 2013 5:17pm

@Benkirane Thami: Merci mille fois Thami :-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this lovely Hibiscus bud, Devi. And very interesting narration.
Gorgeous colours. I love your composition. Excellent. :)

28 Jul 2013 5:26pm

@Sam: Thank you Sam :-))))))))))) I am greateful :-)

keyouest from la roche sur yon, France

the colour red is very explosive

28 Jul 2013 6:06pm

@keyouest: Thank you keyouest :-)) I went to your blog space and saw your photographs...Awesome !! The Y tube was mindblowing..Being a bit dumb on technology, I caould not find a link to post comments!!! I loved that butterfly too!!!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I always have thought of these as beautiful flowers. It's good to know they are useful, too.

28 Jul 2013 6:38pm

@Steve Rice: Almost every plant in nature grows with a purpose Steve....

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I've learnt something today!

28 Jul 2013 8:21pm

@CElliottUK: Thank you Chris...I am happy:-)

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A wonderful hibiscus bud and very interesting information ... Thanks for sharing Devi !!!

28 Jul 2013 10:37pm

@Baldwin Vandewalle: Thank you Baldwin :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

L'angevine from Angers, France


29 Jul 2013 8:19am

@L'angevine: Merci L'angevine :-)

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Beautiful hibiscus!:-))Haleja.

29 Jul 2013 11:38am

@Oiva: Thank you Oiva :-)

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

great information but sadly we need glasshouses to grow these tropical flowers.

30 Jul 2013 10:11am

@Jules: I know...Jules...but you have so many wonderful flowers too !!!

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