Written By Jon Yaneff, CNP from Doctor’s Health Press
Hibiscus tea benefits your health in many ways. It helps lower high blood pressure, control blood sugar, lower bad cholesterol, reduce depression and many more.
Hibiscus Tea: Overview
The other day, I was relaxing by the pool in my favorite outdoor recliner. I had my sunglasses on and my favorite summertime beverage in hand. Let me tell you—there is nothing like the tart, cranberry-like flavor of a cool glass of hibiscus tea. I like to sweeten mine with a little honey instead of sugar. I also like to enjoy a hot glass of hibiscus tea during the winter months.
I’m not the only one who loves a good cup of hibiscus tea—it is heavily consumed in the Caribbean, Mexico, China, and Europe. In fact, the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt once enjoyed hibiscus tea as well! In Egypt and Sudan, hibiscus tea has long been used during wedding toasts.
However, hibiscus herbal tea is more than just a delicious beverage. The health benefits of hibiscus tea are what make it so special. Hibiscus tea is made from the deep magenta sepals of the roselle flower, and is thought to be native to Africa. It is also known by its plant name Hibiscus sabdariffa—hence the name hibiscus tea. The hibiscus name also comes from the Greek word hibiskos and is a flowering plant from the mallow family.
It is important to note that there are 232 species of hibiscus, and not all of them are used for tea or healing. For instance, the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant should not be confused with other hibiscus species, such as the non-medicinal Hibiscus acetosella. The traditional hibiscus tea plant has yellow flowers and a red center. The Hibiscus ascetosella has red flowers…
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