Hibiscus tea has wonderful health benefits. 1. For Blood Pressure -It helps in lowering blood pressure. A study was conducted about the effect of hibiscus tea on hypertension in Mexico. In that study 75 people were chosen of different ages, who had mild to severe hypertension. They were divided into two groups, one group were given a cup of hibiscus tea before breakfast, whereas the second group were given the prescriptive medication for hypertension. After a month, the results revealed that both the groups found a significant decrease in their BP levels. The interesting thing about the study is that the decrease in the BP levels was almost the same in both the groups. This study clearly shows that hibiscus tea can be as effective as a prescriptive medicine in hypertension. 2. Skin Aging– Regular consumption of hibiscus tea is said to prevent skin aging, as it is full of antioxidants. 3. For Hair: Hibiscus tea makes a great hair rinse, use the left over hibiscus tea to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.3. For Weight Loss– Hibiscus contains enzymes that increases digestion and helps in proper assimilation of food, thus resulting in weight loss 4. To Prevent Cancer – Hibiscus extracts have proven to be effecting in preventing cancer as it has got powerful antioxidants. 5. Increases Immunity– Regular consumption of hibiscus tea increases immunity as it is very rich in vitamin c. It also prevents us from falling sick often due to common cold and fevers. However there are some side effects in drinking hibiscus tea. People with low blood pressure and people who are taking anti-inflammatory drugs should avoid/consult the physician before taking this tea. Hibiscus tea is also best avoided during pregnancy and during breast feeding. Collect fresh hibiscus flowers for some days, till you have enough to last for some time. Sun dry them completely and store in an airtight box, now you can make this tea year round. Whenever I am drying the flowers to make hibiscus tea, I prefer gathering the flowers from my own garden, though it means I have to wait for some days. This way, I know for sure that they are not sprayed with pesticides. To make hibiscus tea, first sun dry the petals completely. Take a required amount of dried flowers in a tea pot, boil water and pour over the dried flowers. Close the tea pot and let it steep for 10 minutes, before straining it. You can sweeten with honey and your wonderful homemade hibiscus tea is ready!
1. Take the required amount of fresh hibiscus flowers and remove the stigma from each flower. Twist and remove the bottom green part too. Separate the petals and arrange them on a plate to sundry.
2. Sundry the petals till completely dry.
3. Take the required amount of the dried hibiscus petals in a tea pot. Boil water in pan separately and pour over the petals and close the lid. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes.
4. Strain the mixture and if you like, you can sweeten with honey.
- If you plan to sundry and store the hibiscus leaves for a long time, make sure you sundry them really well till crisp.
- Please steep it for at least 10 minutes, before straining the tea.
- People with BP should consult their physician, before taking hibiscus tea regularly. In general, if you are taking any medications or suffering from any disease, please consult the physician before taking hibiscus tea on a regular basis.