5 Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects of Hibiscus Tea For Hair, Skin & Health

Hibiscus tea has wonderful health  benefits and I make it often at home. 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. 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.

Hibiscus Tea Side Effects:

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.

How To Make Hibiscus Tea:

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.


  1. Anonymous
    June 13, 2015 / 3:22 am

    mam i take tea by using freshpetals. is it necessary for drying?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 17, 2015 / 5:11 pm

      You can use fresh petals for making the tea but for people who can't get fresh petals daily, dried hibiscus petals will work well…

  2. Susana Rodriguez
    August 6, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Good day,Could hibiscus powder be used instead and if so how much should be used per cup of water? Many thanks.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2015 / 4:28 pm

      I prefer dried leaves and have never tried this tea with hibiscus powder but give it a try. Start with a 1 tsp per cup of water and see whether you like it, you can decrease or increase the amount depending on your preference..

  3. themindfuleats
    August 12, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    I love your blog! Everything in one place that I've been searching for.About to make this! Thank you 😀

  4. Anonymous
    August 22, 2015 / 4:06 am

    hi madam iam madhavi my husband consalt doctor with back neck pain. she give prescription and said bp is 140 it should come to 130 if not he must use a tablets for ever problem is he dont like use tablet for any thing. his age is 41 he had no bp still now doctor said its going to start.i am warry about that.i just want he must be heathy. what to do plz reply me as soon as thank you madam.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 26, 2015 / 1:03 am

      Hi Madhavi, I am very sorry for the late reply. Ask him to take hibiscus tea daily in the empty stomach regularly for a few days, it has been proven to reduce blood pressure very effectively. You can find the method for making it in the blog..

  5. Anonymous
    February 22, 2017 / 1:55 pm


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