Over the years I’ve seen many articles on the benefit of Hibiscus and have purchased tea like the Celestial Seasonings brand. This led me to try this Hibiscus Tea recipe.
I really like to make it from dried hibiscus leaves that I purchase online. It’s a large bag of dried flowers and lasts a long time. Watch this video about their amazing benefits from nutritionfacts.org.
If you don’t know, Hibiscus is the same flower you might find in your backyard. Originally from Hawaii, it packs a wallop of nutrition.
If you’re trying to find an alternative to coffee, this might help you on your way. Want to lower your blood pressure or increase your good cholesterol? Consider this a plus.
Here are a few more beverages that can help lower your blood pressure:
It’s a bit tart so add a little date syrup or your favorite sugar substitutes like Stevia drops or Erythritol. To learn more about sugar substitutes see a video by Dr. Greger, from NutritionFacts.org, in my previous post.
Add hibiscus tea to your smoothies or keep it in your fridge as a treat when you get the urge for something sweet.
A note of caution, however. Do not drink more than about 1 quart/day because of the manganese content. See Dr. Greger’s video, “How Much Hibiscus Tea is Too Much?”
To read more about the benefits of this amazing flower, see this Mother Earth News article.
Click here to purchase hibiscus tea leaves.
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This recipe is Plantricious Friendly because it meets the following guidelines.
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- Must be whole food plant-based, contains no animal products
- May be minimally processed
- No added oil
- No added sugars
- No artificial additives or preservatives
- *Plantricious Friendly foods may include but are not limited to condiments, fermented foods, soups, sauces, beverages, dressings, marinades, etc.
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 4 cups filtered water
- 10-20 drops liquid stevia or sugar substitute of your choice
- Steep 1/2 cup of the dried flowers in 4 cups of boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
- Add your sugar substitute and serve either hot or chilled over ice. If you would rather use date syrup, start with a small amount, a few tablespoons and increase to your desired sweetness.
- You may also add the almost equally beneficial pomegranate juice (straight, no sweeteners) to cut the tartness.
- Do not drink more than 1 quart per day.