What is Hibiscus
Hibiscus is a plant that is typically cultivated in tropical regions like Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, China and Mexico. In the world today the top commercial producers and exporters of the hibiscus plant are China and Thailand. Hibiscus was used in the past as a type of historical folk medicine, used to treat high blood pressure, liver disease, and fever. The flower is large and trumpet shaped with five or more petals.
Benefits of Hibiscus
There have been many studies conducted to test the effect of hibiscus on people with certain medical illnesses. The flower of the plant contains a large amount of compounds called flavonoids, proanthocyanidins and vitamin C. Aside from fancy words, this simply means that this is a nutrient packed flower with high amounts of antioxidants to fight inflammation and boost immunity! Hibiscus has also been used to address mild colds and flus, bruising or swelling.
The most common use of the hibiscus flower is to steep it in hot water to brew as a tea, where it can be an alternative to many teas such as green, black, etc as it is caffeine-free. The flavor of the drink can be naturally sweet, tangy and tart and throw your tastebuds for a loop!
Not an overall fan of hot tea? No problem! This unique flower can be brewed as an iced tea alternative if that is something that appeals more to you. It’s a great way to stay hydrated during warm months if you find it hard to drink water. Traditional Medicinal (one of my favorite tea brand - no affiliation) provides a fantastic hibiscus tea blend. If you want to perform some herbal magic in your kitchen, check out this tasty ice tea to make at home!
Mixed Fruit & Hibiscus Tea
3 organic red apples
1 pack of fresh organic blackberries
3 Hibiscus tea bags
10 cups of water
Put the tea bags, apple slices and blackberries in a large pitcher.
Pour the boiling water in a pitcher.
Let stand for 30 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and discard them.
Refrigerate the ice tea. Serve chilled.