A ‘Cure Whatever Ails You’ Soup. Or at least you’ll think you’re cured. Hibiscus, lavender, black forbidden rice with lots of veggies, herbs and spice makes the alternative cricket tastes especially nice!
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 acool 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…
Hibiscus tea (made from Hibiscus flowers) is tart and many people find it pleasant. There is now scientific evidence that it can lower blood pressure.
Blood pressure control is essential to maintain good kidney health and reduce the possibility of a stroke or heart attack. But it can be difficult to find blood pressure medication that does not have unpleasant side effects. You and your doctor might have to use trial and error to find a medicine you can tolerate. But if blood pressure is only moderately high, could you lower it with hibiscus tea or other kitchen remedies?
Using Hibiscus Tea to Control Blood Pressure:
Q. At my last physical my blood pressure was 158/90, the highest reading I’ve ever had. (I chalked that up to white coat hypertension). It had been running 135/82 or so, which still concerned me. I bought a high-end BP monitor that keeps records on my smartphone.
I started drinking hibiscus tea, 20 ounces iced per day, minimum. After 6 months my readings average out to 109/71.
I don’t add salt when I cook, and I have also started to avoid food with added sodium. I’m sure that has helped as well. I read about the DASH Diet online and found it very enlightening. I’m a 54-year-old menopausal woman who exercises regularly…