Hibiscus plant is a tropical flower and its sepals can be used to make a refreshing herbal tea. There are more than two hundred species of this plant and it populates the regions with temperate, warm, tropical and subtropical climates. Asian natives have been drinking hibiscus tea for many years to take advantage of its health benefits. If you are yet to drink this beverage, you can check online for hibiscus tea recipe suggestions.
The tea from hibiscus plant has a cranberry-like, tart flavor. You can have it sugar-free or sweetened with sugar. It has organic acids such as tartaric, maleic and citric which are beneficial to our body.
This tea is said to be a natural antispasmodic, which means that it can help to relieve ailments such as stomach cramp, muscle spasms or cramps and menstrual cramps.
Hibiscus contains amylase enzyme and this will breakdown starch and other complex sugars. The amylase will act as inhibitors to block certain starch from absorbing, which will lower the consumption of carbohydrates and result in weight loss.
Hibiscus tea is also high in antioxidants and these can help to fight the free radicals inside the body and reduce premature aging. In addition to that, the antioxidants promote cell growth, reduce your chances of having cataracts, cancer and more as well as improve the immune system for the body to ward off colds, flu and fever.
People who drink hibiscus tea are less susceptible to conditions such as high-blood pressure, liver disorders and high cholesterol. The tea has antibacterial property that will also help to fight off many common ailments such as bloating, whooping cough, upset stomach, flatulence, indigestion, and constipation.
How to Make Hibiscus Tea
You can prepare this tea easily and quickly. Start by boiling two to three cups of water in a large saucepan.
After that, you would turn off the heat and drop around four fresh hibiscus flowers in the water. On the other hand, you could add two tablespoons of the dried flower petals to the water.
The next step is to add one or two cinnamon sticks to the water and flower mixture. After this, you should cover the saucepan for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Note that steeping beyond the twenty minutes will give a bitter taste.
Strain the steeped tea into a pitcher and then add honey and fresh lemon juice to enhance the flavor.