Hibiscus is a plant. The flowers and other parts of the plant are used to make medicine. Hibiscus tea is made by steeping parts of the hibiscus plant in boiling water. It has a tart flavour similar to that of cranberries and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
There are several hundred species of hibiscus varying by the location and climate they grow in, but Hibiscus sabdariffa is most commonly used to make hibiscus tea.
Historically, hibiscus tea has been used in African countries to decrease body temperature, treat heart disease, and soothe a sore throat. In Iran, hibiscus tea is used to treat high blood pressure.
Benefits of drinking hibiscus tea
It is 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, including vitamin C or ascorbic acid or anthocyanins (which give the plant its vibrant colour), and may therefore help prevent damage and disease caused by the build-up of free radicals.
It may help lower blood pressure
One of the most impressive and well-known benefits of hibiscus tea is that it may lower blood pressure.
Over time, high blood pressure can place extra strain on the heart and cause it to weaken. High blood pressure (hypertension) is also associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
It may help lower blood fat levels
In addition to lowering blood pressure, hibiscus tea may help lower blood fat levels, or cholesterol, which is another risk factor for heart disease.
It could promote weight loss
A study suggests that hibiscus tea may be associated with weight loss and protect against obesity, as this plant contains anthocyanins, phenolic compounds and flavonoids that can help to regulate the genes involved in lipid metabolism, boosting fat elimination and mitigate adipocyte hypertrophy, thus reducing the size of fat cells.
It could help fight bacteria
Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that can cause a variety of infections, ranging from bronchitis to pneumonia to urinary tract infections. Hibiscus tea contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help to promote overall health. Consuming hibiscus tea can help to inhibit the growth of bacteria and to fight off disease and illness.
Our DREAMS blend, packed with bitter leaves, hibiscus flower, dried ginger and dried orange, will also help boost sleep patterns.
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