Hibiscus flower infusion has been traditionally used in Africa to alleviate many complaints and is still appreciated for its various effects, today. This infusion was notably used to appease urinary tract symptoms.
Hibiscus sabdariffa (Roselle) is thought to be native to India and Malaysia, but its origins may go back to sometime before 4000 BC, from western Sudan.
Seeds were brought to the Americas in the 17th century.
Hibiscus sabdariffa leaves and calyces were used as a diuretic in India, before 1956.
Around 1962, the cultivation of Hibiscus sabdariffa started in Egypt, and preparations from the calyx were also used to stimulate diuresis.