Hibiscus tea is a herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson sepals of the roselle flower. It is consumed both hot and cold. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar or honey is often added to sweeten it. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. In west Sudan a white hibiscus flower is favored for its bitter taste and is customarily served to guests. Hibiscus tea contains 15% – 30% of organic acids, including citric acid, malic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour.
Benefits of Hibiscus Tea Despite of Its Superb Taste
Manages Blood Pressure
A report from the AHA (American Heart Association), published in November 2008, states that consuming this tea lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. A study conducted by Odigie IP suggests that it has antihypertensive and cardioprotective properties, which can be beneficial for people suffering from hypertension and those at high risks of cardiovascular diseases. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hibiscus tea can reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points!
Research studies suggested that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea help in treating liver diseases. Antioxidants help protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan by maintaining good overall health.
Relieves Menstrual Pain
The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It helps in restoring hormonal balance as well, which can reduce the symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating.
Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion as it regularizes both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it is also used to treat constipation, which helps you lose weight, improve the health of your gastrointestinal system, and avoid colorectal cancer.
Hibiscus tea is beneficial in weight loss. You are likely to gain weight if you consume food that is rich in carbohydrates. However, studies have suggested that hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose and may help in weight loss. Hibiscus inhibits the production of amylase, which helps in the absorption of carbohydrates and starch, so drinking hibiscus tea prevents the absorption from occurring. Therefore, hibiscus tea is found in many weight loss products.
So now, what are you waiting anymore? Lets take a cup of good hibiscus tea for your health.
How to Make the Best Homemade Hibiscus Tea
How to make the BEST Homemade Hibiscus Tea. The dried flowers of this plant make a tea with a distinct red color and a somewhat tart, lemony taste. Best of all, dried hibiscus can be purchased from health food stores and online merchants, but if you have it in your garden, you can even pick it and make tea-ready dried flowers yourself.
Special Recipes of Natural Hibiscus Tea :
- Find ripe hibiscus flowers. A few days after hibiscus flowers bloom, their petals start to wrinkle and wilt. Eventually, they will fall off. Wrinkles on the petals are a sign that the plant is ripe and ready to harvest. Hibiscus plants are capable of blooming year-round. They are most likely to do this during the spring and summer when the weather is best, but they can even bloom in the winter in suitable climates.
- Pick the petals. At the base of the hibiscus flower should be a round, bulb-like part that connects it to the stem. This is the petal. If the plant is ripe, the petals will be firm and red. Pull the entire flower from the stem and it should snap off.
- Remove the seed pods. Inside each petal is a single spherical seed pod. You want to remove this before you make the tea while keeping the petals as intact as possible. The easiest way to do this will usually be to simply cut a vertical slit in the side of the calyx and pop the seed pod out with your fingers. Don’t worry too much about mangling the petals as you get the pod out. It won’t affect the taste — it’s mostly for presentation’s sake.
- Use the petals in your tea. Wash the petals once all the seed pods are removed. They’re now ready for use in your tea. Use the petals just like you would use dried hibiscus in either of the recipes above.
- Alternatively, dry and store in an airtight container. If you don’t want to use the hibiscus to make tea right away, put the petals dry with a paper towel, then let them dry completely before storing them. There are several ways you can do this:
- Seal the flowers in an airtight container with silica. This is the same chemical used in the drying packets sometimes found in clothes pockets. You can buy silica desiccant from chemical supply retailers.
- Put the hibiscus on a rack or tray in the oven at a low temperature for several hours. See our article on drying flowers for details.
- If the weather’s hot and dry, you can also leave them on a drying rack in the sun. Try to put them somewhere animals won’t get to them.