How to Make a Gumamela Bubbles?

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Overview
  • Gumamela or Hibiscus plant is a flowering plant and commonly found in the tropical countries. It comes in many colors such as red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink and other color combinations. Mucilage is a properties found in Gumamela that will make bubbles.
Gumamela Bubbles Instructions
  • When discussing what makes Gumamela bubble, it is actually talking about what the Filipino children have found out. In the Philippines, children will take the leaves and flowers, crushing them until the sticky juices inside come out. This liquid is thought to be mucilage which is used in shampoo. Mucilage is the only property in Gumamela that seems likely to make the liquid extract bubble. The children will dip a papaya stalk in the liquid and then use it as a straw to blow bubbles. The thickness of the liquid combined with its natural properties makes it a lot like the bubbles that can be bought in stores.
  • Pick a Gumamela flowers, crush it and mix with detergent soap to have a effective blow bubbles.

  • Bubble blowing has come a long way from the gumamela + detergent formula of my youth.So what's magical about blowing bubbles?
  • One of my favorite flowers is hibiscus (gumamela in tagalog) . When I was little I would pick this flowers, crush it and mix it with soap and then blow bubbles. I don’t really recall where I got that idea from. Now that I am all grown up, I don’t pick flowers and crush them. I just look at them in admiration.

  • Usually, kids used small branch of papaya to blow the bubbles.

  • The gumamela is used by children as part of a bubble-making pastime. The flowers and leaves are crushed until the sticky juices come out. They used the straws to dip in the sticky juice and blow.

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