The Benefits of Hibiscus Flower Tea

The Hibiscus flower tea is famous for its aromatic, refreshing qualities and vibrant color. Did you know it also has medicinal benefits?

This delightful tea goes way back, and was the preferred drink of the Pharaohs of the ancient Nile Valley. It was a highly refreshing beverage, which helped them survive the desert heat.

Today, it is incorporated into many cultures including the U.S, Mexico, India, and Europe. Although it’s a native of the warm and tropical climates of Mexico and Morocco, people all over the world consume the tea for relaxing and cooling purposes. Research now shows that it is beneficial for much more than keeping us cool on a hot summer day!

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of hibiscus flower tea.

● The flower is loaded with antioxidants that protect the cells from free radicals.

● The tea helps in lowering high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

● Consuming the tea on a regular basis lowers the chances of heart diseases.

● Hibiscus contains vitamin C (an antioxidant) and minerals, which help the immune system and also aids in reducing flu-like symptoms.

● Also known for its use as a laxative, the tea helps relieve constipation.

● Has been known to assist in weight loss.

● Can help prevent bladder infections.

● Last, but not the least, this tea also helps in eliminating bacterial infections in the respiratory tract.

The herbal tea is made with the hibiscus flowers. As hibiscus tea is inexpensive to make using the petals, it is also easily available in tea bags in local grocery, whole food and health food stores.

If you have never tried this exotic herbal tea, it is very simple to brew up a batch and give it a try. As a bonus, it is rich in Vitamin C, can be served hot or cold, and because it is caffeine free, it can be enjoyed by any member of the family! You’ll love knowing how hibiscus tea benefits your family’s health and well-being!

 Easy Recipes for Tea:

Recipe #1

Ingredients

6-8 hibiscus flowers – remove the inside stem & the green bottom

48 oz distilled water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 small organic orange, sliced
1 organic lemon, Juice and save the rind for garnish
⅛ cup honey (unprocessed raw is best)
Ice cubes (optional) If serving hot

Preparation:
Boil the water in a pot, turn the heat off, then add the hibiscus flowers and cinnamon sticks. Place a cover on the pot and let it steep for about 15 minutes (but not more than 20 min, or the tea will taste bitter). With a strainer, filter the warm tea. Add the honey, (Or Stevia if you like) and orange slices. Pour into a glass full of ice. Add a lemon twists to garnish your drink.

Recipe #2

Ingredients:
4
hibiscus tea bags (found in most whole food & health food stores)

Juice of 1 organic lemon – save the lemon rind
4 cups distilled water
1 tablespoon ginger, thinly sliced
¾ cup raw honey or Stevia sweetener to taste
Ice cubes (optional) If serving hot

Preparation

Boil the water in a pot, turn the heat off, and add honey or stevia until it dissolves. Steep the tea bags for only 15 minutes. Let the tea cool and then mix in fresh lemon juice. Strain and pour into ice filled glasses. Cut the leftover lemon rind into thin strips. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

Hibiscus flower tea feels refreshing in hot summer afternoons. If and when you get a chance to visit Mexico City, you will find tons of stalls lined up in local markets with the dried maroon petals of hibiscus flower. You can infuse the petals in margaritas, sorbets, and popsicles. Doesn’t that sound yummy?

 

 

*Recipes from Sheetal Mandora

 

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