There are over 200 species of hibiscus flowers, in a variety of beautiful colors, that belong in the family Malvaceae. They are native to warm, tropical and subtropical regions around the world but can be grown almost anywhere in pots (if kept warm during cold months).
Hibiscus tea has been enjoyed by many for hundreds of years as a relaxing refreshment and as a herbal remedy to treat ailments.
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Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Studies have shown hibiscus tea to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure and may control cholesterol.
One study was done using adults with pre-hypertension or mild hypertension. Those who had three cups of hibiscus tea a day had better results than those who didn’t (a 7.2 point drop in systolic blood pressure compared to 1.3 points). Those who had the highest blood pressure reading at the start of the study, showed the greatest results.
Hibiscus tea contains an enzyme inhibitor which blocks the production of amylase. Amylase is an enzyme that breaks down complex sugars and starches. Drinking a cup of hibiscus tea after meals will reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates and will assist in weight loss.
Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C and makes a wonderful herbal remedy to fight off colds and infections by strengthening the immune system.
Other benefits of hibiscus tea include helping in the prevention of bladder infections and constipation if taken regularly.
Preparing Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea can be made with fresh or dried hibiscus flowers and can be served hot or cold.
Preparing hibiscus tea:
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 4 whole flowers or 2 tablespoons of dried flower petals.
- Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Add a little honey, lemon juice or an orange peel to add extra flavor to your hibiscus tea.
Another way to prepare hibiscus tea:
- Soak dried hibiscus flowers in water for 2 days (no boiling required).
To get the best benefits of hibiscus tea, store flowers in a cool, dry place.
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