Hibiscus Herbal Tea Blend is a spirit-lifting beverage with a deliciously tart, almost cranberry-like flavor that's enjoyed hot or cold. It also contains a number of healthy, natural compounds to keep you going strong. A comforting cup of Hibiscus Tea is not only a great escape, but good for you as well.
There is more to the Hibiscus plant than meets the eye. Hibiscus sabdariffa or the Roselle plant is used for traditional medicine, food, and tea. Many countries drink this tea hot or cold because of its delightful taste.
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The plant's deep red calyxes has been the subject of many scientific studies (as well as clinical trials) which supported its numerous health benefits.
It is also worth noting that not only it is packed with disease fighting enzymes, it is also surprisingly very delicious!
It has a tart flavor similar to that of cranberries and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. Our own Nature's Apothecary Hibiscus Blend is combined with Goji Berries for a refreshing flavor!
Notable Health Benefits Include:
Packed With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that help fight compounds called free radicals, which cause damage to your cells.
Hibiscus tea is rich in powerful antioxidants and may therefore help prevent damage and disease caused by the buildup of free radicals.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
One of the most impressive and well-known benefits of hibiscus tea is that it lowers blood pressure.
Over time, high blood pressure can place extra strain on the heart and cause it to weaken. High blood pressure is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Several studies have found that hibiscus tea may lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Helps Lower Blood Fat Levels
In addition to lowering blood pressure, some studies have found that hibiscus tea helps lower blood fat levels, which are another risk factor for heart disease.
Boosts Liver Health
From producing proteins to secreting bile to breaking down fat, your liver is essential to your overall health.
Interestingly, studies have shown that hibiscus may promote liver health and help keep it working efficiently.
Promotes Weight Loss
Several studies suggest that hibiscus tea may be associated with weight loss and protect against obesity.
Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer
Hibiscus is high in polyphenols, which are compounds that have been shown to possess powerful anti-cancer properties (14Trusted Source).
Test-tube experiments have found impressive results regarding the potential effect of hibiscus extract on cancer cells.
Helps Fight Bacteria
Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that can cause a variety of infections, ranging from bronchitis to pneumonia to urinary tract infections.
In addition to having antioxidant and anticancer properties, some test-tube studies have found that hibiscus could help fight bacterial infections.
How To Prepare Hibiscus Tea
- Prepare 2 teaspoons of dried Hibiscus calyxes in a cup (ideally in a tea strainer)
- Pour hot water and steep for 5-10 minutes
- Remove calyxes and add honey to taste
- Serve hot or iced and enjoy!
Hibiscus tea is generally considered safe; but like other herbal teas, hibiscus tea may interfere with certain medications.
These include antihypertensive drugs in which the coadministration of hibiscus may cause hypotension (low blood pressure). Similarly, the combination of high-dose hibiscus supplements and diabetes medications could potentially lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Hibiscus also contains phytoestrogen, plant-based compounds that are similar to human estrogen. While the occasional cup of hibiscus tea will unlikely do you any harm if you are on the pill, the regular use of hibiscus can potentially undermine the effectiveness of estrogen-based birth control.
Always speak with your doctor before embarking on any home remedy. Doing so may help you avoid interactions and side effects.