Last update Sept. 26, 2015

Hibiscus sabdariffa


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Flowers are used for infusions. It contains 15 to 30% of organic acids (hibíscicum, malic, citric, tartaric and ascorbic acids) and 1 to 2% of anthocyanosides (hibiscin, delphinidin) and phytosterols. Devoid of toxicity.

It is used in soft drinks (social drink in tropical America, Africa and Asia) and as flavor and color enhancer.

Properties attributed without clinical evidence: spasmolytic, vasoprotective, diuretic, liver protection and hypotensive effect.
The Commission E of the German Ministry of Health does not consider sufficiently proven its therapeutic effectiveness.

It has not been showed an increased antioxidant capacity in the milk of women who drank this tea or mixture with other plants.

There is no evidence of its effectiveness as galactogogue. The studies done in this regard mixed various herbal products and are methodologically very flawed.
The best galactagogue is a frequent on-demand breastfeeding together with proper technique.


We do not have alternatives for Hibiscus sabdariffa since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Hibiscus sabdariffa is Hibiscus in Latin, botanical name.

Hibiscus sabdariffa is also known as


Hibiscus sabdariffa belongs to these groups or families:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Hibiscus sabdariffa in its composition:


  1. ABM: Brodribb W. ABM Clinical Protocol #9: Use of Galactogogues in Initiating or Augmenting Maternal Milk Production, Second Revision 2018. Breastfeed Med. 2018 Jun;13(5):307-314 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Kavurt S, Bas AY, Aydemir O, Yucel H, Isikoglu S, Demirel N. The effect of galactagogue herbal tea on oxidant and anti-oxidant status of human milk. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Abstract
  3. Mannion C, Mansell D. Breastfeeding self-efficacy and the use of prescription medication: a pilot study. Obstet Gynecol Int. 2012;2012:562704. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. ABM. Comité de Protocolos de la Academia Médica de Lactancia Materna. ABM Protocolo Clínico #9: Uso de Galactogogos para Iniciar o aumentar la tasa de secreción de Leche Materna. Breastfeed Med. 2011 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  5. ABM. Academy Of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee. ABM Clinical Protocol #9: Use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting the rate of maternal milk secretion (First Revision January 2011). Breastfeed Med. 2011 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  6. Turkyılmaz C, Onal E, Hirfanoglu IM, Turan O, Koç E, Ergenekon E, Atalay Y. The effect of galactagogue herbal tea on breast milk production and short-term catch-up of birth weight in the first week of life. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Abstract
  7. Scott CR, Jacobson H. A selection of international nutritional & herbal remedies for breastfeeding concerns. Midwifery Today Int Midwife. 2005 Abstract

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