The topic of Hibiscus flowers remind me of the memories of tenth public practical examinations where we used to dissect the flowers and seperate the ovaries and stigma of them. Oh my! I have not dissected them correctly even one time!
I didn’t know that it would turn out to be useful for me if I made tea out of it.Tea? How would hibiscus tea taste like? What is the nutritional value of it when we drink it regularly? Well, Hibiscus flowers has much more benefits and are also used to worship the Lord Ganesha.
This tea made from hibiscus flowers are known by many names around the world and is served both hot and cold.The beverage is known for its red colour and tart flavour. Do you know that dry hibiscus is edible and is often a delicacy in Mexico?
One of the interesting customs of Hawaii and Tahiti women is who are single and ready to get into a relationship tucked these hibiscus flowers behind your right ear while married women tuck these hibiscus flower behind their left ear.
Tattoos with hibiscus flowers were popular only in Hawaiian Islands once upon a time. After some years, the image of beautiful plant have been encountered on the motives of tatoos all over the world.
These beautiful flowers provide ecologic, culinary, aesthetic and medicinal values.
Hibiscus tea is very popular around the world. Ever had hibiscus tea in Starbucks?You can have it hot, iced and bottled.
Let’s dive straight into the extraordinary health benefits of hibiscus tea and how to make them?
Nutritional Boons Of Hibiscus Tea
1. Weight Loss
Several research have been going on that hibiscus tea is directly linked with weight loss and protects against obesity.
From a study with 36 participants, hibiscus extract reduces body weight, fat, BMI and hip to waist ratio.
2. Antibacterial Properties
Test tube studies have found that hibiscus extracts have antibacterial properties. In fact, it has been confirmed that it is antibacterial against E.coli, a very common bacteria which is mainly responsible for urinary tract infections. It is also responsible for diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.
3. Bring Your Good Cholesterol Levels Up!
A 2011 study has came to a research of black tea vs hibiscus tea. Ninety people who are hypertensive consumed either black tea or hibiscus tea twice a day for 15 days. After 30 days, it has been found that their HDL cholesterol levels has gone up!
Another 2014 study have been found that hibiscus tea raises good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
4. Good For Your Heart
The Journal of Nutrition keeps a study front that adults who are hypertensive and who has been consumed three servings of 8 ounce glasses of hibiscus tea daily for six weeks have brought down their blood pressure levels down.
One important point to note is that while hibiscus tea may be a natural way to lower blood pressure, it’s not suitable for people taking hydrochlorothiazide which is a type of diuretic which may lead to adverse effects.
5. Maintains A Healthy Liver
The antioxidants present in hibiscus tea help the liver function effeciently. Studies of the liver in clinical trials have indicated that it directly filters of free radicals produced from the liver.
6. Relieves Menstrual Pain
The hibiscus flower extract relieves the mood swings during menstruation. It is effective against cramps and menstrual pain.
Are you someone who stay awake all night scrolling down newsfeed and Netflix and go lazy and frustrated the next morning to evening?
Hibiscus tea is an excellent tip for you! Known to have sedative and anxiolytic effects, from relieving pain, anxiety, fever to headaches, hibiscus tea can calm your mind and help you slip into a deep sound sleep with lots of Zzzzzzz’s.
8. Anticancer properties
Hibiscus tea contains protocatechuic acid which has anticancer properties. A study conducted at Chung Sung medical and dental college in Taiwan suggests that hibiscus tea slows down the growth of cancerous cells.
Another study by Karina H. Goldberg have denoted that hibiscus extracts my inhibit the growth of skin cancers. Further, studies have found that hibiscus extract induces apoptosis or cell death in gastric cancer cells.
9. Improves Digestion
Many people drink hibiscus tea to improve digestion as it regulates both urination and bowel movements. It improves the health of gastrointestinal system and reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.
10. Treats Constipation
Since it have diuretic properties, it is effective for constipation.
11. How to make Hibiscus Tea?
- 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 water to boil.
- Take two tsp of dried hibiscus flowers and add it to the boiling water. You are free to add more or less hibiscus flowers. It depends on how strong you want your tea.
- Once the water is boiled, pour the water slowly into the teapot.
- If you want some flavour with it,put a tea bag to the concoction. Allow it to stay for five minutes.
- Some people love to chew the hibiscus petals as they drink it. If you don’t need, just filter the tea using a metal strainer.
- Add your preferred sweetener to the beverage. It may be honey or sugar depending on your choice.