Drinking herbal tea can improve your health. Any kind of tea is good for you, but today we will see the health benefits of hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus tea, also known as Agua de Jamaica and by its scientific name Hibiscus sabdariffa is prepared by boiling parts of the hibiscus plant. Hibiscus tea is ruby red or deep magenta and has a sour taste.
How to Make Hibiscus Tea?
It is very easy to make hibiscus tea; all you need is a pan, water, hibiscus flowers, and sugar or honey. Let us take a look at the step by step process of making the tea at home.
- 2 tsp dried hibiscus flowers
- boiling water
- cinnamon stick optional
- clove optional
- tea bag optional
- lime wedges optional
- ginger optional
- mint leaves optional
On the stove, keep a pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, keep all the ingredients ready for the recipe, if you haven’t.
Take 2 tsp of dried hibiscus flowers, which equals to 10 ml of the same (to be more accurate) and add it to the boiling water. You are free to add more or less of the hibiscus flowers, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. It’s important to note here that hibiscus tea doesn’t have caffeine, so adding a lot of it won’t harm your health.
Once the water is boiled, pour the water slowly and steadily into a teapot. Make sure you have worn mittens/gloves to protect your hands from any kind of burns.
If you want to add caffeine to your tea, add a teabag to the concoction. Allow it to steep for five minutes. While you wait, the hibiscus flowers will give the water a somewhat sharp, zingy taste. If you wish your tea to be strong, allow it to steep for more than 5 minutes.
Once done, pour the tea into your cup, using a metal strainer. If your teapot has an in-built filter, the process will be way easier. Some people like to chew the hibiscus petals and don’t prefer to strain them. You can try that as well if you like.
Don’t forget to add your preferred sweetener to the beverage. Try it with honey if you can, as it goes very well with the zestfully tart flavor of the tea. You can add sugar or stevia as well, depending on your choice.
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Manages Blood Pressure
A report from the AHA (American Heart Association), published in November 2008, suggests that consuming this tea lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.
It also states that 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension.
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggests that hibiscus 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, according to research done at Tufts University in Boston.
For this drastic improvement to occur, you need to regularly consume three cups of this tea every day for a few weeks. Also, it has diuretic properties that increase urination and simultaneously lower blood pressure.
Hibiscus herbal tea can be beneficial for weight loss. Studies have suggested that hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose the two dietary components that can lead to weight gain and may help aid in weight loss.
Hibiscus inhibits the production of amylase, which helps in the absorption of carbohydrates and starch, so drinking it lessens the absorption from occurring.
Therefore, hibiscus can be found in many weight loss products.
Hibiscus tea helps to lower the levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart diseases and protecting blood vessels from damage.
The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders like diabetes.
A research study conducted on patients with type II diabetes suggests that consumption of hibiscus and sour tea lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and increases (good) high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which helps to manage this unpredictable disease.
Research studies have also suggested that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea may help in treating liver diseases.
Antioxidants help protect your body from diseases because they help neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells.
Therefore, drinking the beneficial oxidants from caffeine-free hibiscus tea could lengthen your lifespan by maintaining good overall health.
Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial Agent
The hibiscus plant’s loose leaf tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It is an essential nutrient required by your body to boost and stimulate the activity of the immune system.
This tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Therefore, it can help protect you from catching a cold and flu. It may also be used to treat discomfort caused by fever, due to its cooling effect.
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, improve the health of your gastrointestinal system, and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
Summer & Winter Drink
You can drink this tea either as a hot tea or an iced tea. If you want to keep yourself warm in the winter, brew it and drink it straight away.
It takes only a few minutes to make. In case you do not want to drink it hot, during the warmer weather, you have the option to drink hibiscus iced tea by steeping organic hibiscus flowers in water.
It takes about 20 minutes for preparation, and then you can cool yourself off in a healthy, refreshing way.
Conclusion: According to everything written above we can see that hibiscus tea is very good for your health, but don’t stay only on hibiscus tea, drink various herbal teas for the best health benefits.