Steep Time: 20 Minutes
Prep Time: 20 min
Hibiscus tea, also called Sorrell tea or “sour tea” is a fragrant tea made from the dried calyxes of the tropical Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers. Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers are native to Africa and grow in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world — including Thailand, China, and Mexico.These flowers are one of many species of shrubs, trees, and flowers in the mallow (Malvaceae) family.
Hibiscus tea has a fruity, refreshing flavor that many enjoy hot or iced. Many people drink it because of its potential health benefits.
Vitamin C — aka ascorbic acid — is also an antioxidant. It can help boost your immune system and may help to prevent cell damage caused by free radicals in the body. This can reduce your risk of developing many significant health complications such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Hibiscus tea contains other antioxidants, such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins give the plant its vibrant color. They may also prevent many chronic diseases, as well as provide antibacterial effects.
Potential Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
While hibiscus tea may not contain many vitamins or minerals, it does contain vitamin C and other antioxidants. Current research shows that the herbal tea may provide many health benefits:
Increase cognitive memory:
The vibrant color of hibiscus tea means the leaf is rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins such as in hibiscus tea or blueberry juice show studies in top medical journals which show regularly consuming the tea or fruit increases cognitive memory with the digit span score test for number recall.
Lower Blood Pressure
High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease. Some studies show that drinking hibiscus tea may help reduce systolic blood pressure levels compared to a placebo.
Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Some studies show that hibiscus tea may reduce cholesterol levels — another risk factor of heart disease. In one study, people who drank hibiscus tea experienced an increase in “good cholesterol” (high-density lipoproteins) and a decrease in “bad cholesterol” (low-density lipoproteins). Many of the current studies have been limited to individuals with certain conditions, however, and some show conflicting results.
- Manages Blood Pressure
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Protects the Liver and helps in treating liver diseases.
- Has Anti-cancer Properties: Has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at the Chung Shan Medical and Dental College, in Taichung, Taiwan suggests that hibiscus slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.
- Relieves Menstrual Pain and helps in restoring hormonal balance.
- Acts as an Antidepressant Agent: Calms the nervous system, and may reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body.
- Improves Digestion
- Helps Lower Inflammation
- Helps strengthen the Immune System
Satiates Thirst: It is also used as a sports drink and has the ability to cool down the body quickly.
- Promotes Weight Loss: Speeds up metabolism and helps in healthy, gradual weight loss.
- Rich in Vitamin C, Minerals and Antioxidants
- Summer & Winter Drink, great iced or hot.
Heat / Steep / Cool
1 cup hibiscus tea leaves
10 cups boiling water
Add 5-10 slices of raw ginger
3/4 cup raw honey
Mix with fresh orange juice
Steep water with hibiscus tea leaves and ginger for 5 – 10 minutes.
Cool overnight in the refrigerator.
Enjoy with a mint leaf and ice.