There are hundreds of species of hibiscus varying by the location and climate they grow in, but Hibiscus Sabdariffa is most commonly used. It originated in North Africa and Southeast Asia but now grows in many tropical and subtropical climates. It is reddish in color (even though we can find orange, pink, and white ones) and has a sour taste. The part of the hibiscus plant that protects and supports the flower is called the calyx. The dried calyces are used to make hibiscus tea. The Hibiscus tea benefits are many, today we will discuss the most important ones.
Its infusion can be consumed hot or cold depending on your preference and climate. Low in calories and caffeine-free. Drinking hibiscus tea increases your lifespan by maintaining good overall health.
18 Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
1. Regulates high blood pressure (lowers both systolic and diastolic blood pressure)
2. Reduces bad cholesterol
3. Cardio-protective properties. Protect against heart disease and the blood vessels
4. Increases your digestive capacity (Agni) and regularity in your bowel movements, assisting in cleaning the colon. Good in constipation
5. Speed up your metabolism, helping in gradual weight loss, since inhibits the production of amylase, which lowers the absorption of starch and glucose
6. Reinforces your immune system. Very rich in Vitamin C and minerals
7. Decreases inflammatory issues and acts as Antibacterial
8. Satiate thirst and it cools you down but is also good in winter. Sooth a sore throat and is good in colds
9. Helps to restore the liver
10. Lowers the cancer risk, has many antioxidants, neutralizes the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. Contains protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor properties
11. Anti-anxiety properties, calm down the nervous system. Relaxes the body and mind
12. Hypolipidemic and hypoglycaemic, beneficial for diabetics
13. Diuretic properties increase urination
14. Relieves cramps and menstrual pain. Stimulates menstruation and blood flow in the pelvic region
15. Helps in restoring hormone balance
16. Balances mood swings, overeating
17. Antidepressant. Its good in depression, rich in flavonoids
18. Helps to remove and expel toxins away
Try adding spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger depending on your taste preferences. Hibiscus can be available in the following forms: single tea bag, ready-to-drink tea, loose flower petals, liquid extract, and encapsulated powder.
Side effects of the Hibiscus infusion
Although it is a health booster, there are some possible side effects you should be aware of while consuming, or after consuming in excess.
- If you have low Blood Pressure: It may cause dizziness and can even damage the heart or brain.
- Liver damage: Even though is good for the liver in excess potentially cause liver damage.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Better to avoid it.
- Fertility: Under hormonal treatments or taking birth control pills, it is advised to consult your health specialist since it balances the hormones.
- Hallucinatory Effect: Some people may feel intoxicated or experience hallucination. Try small amounts until you see how your system will react.
- In case of consuming chloroquine, a medication for malaria. Hibiscus may decrease the medicine ‘effects in the body.
- Allergy: Some might develop allergic reactions such as itchy red eyes, sinus, or hay fever when consuming hibiscus tea.
- Surgery: Stop using hibiscus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
In the South of Spain, along Granada coast (Tropical climate), we have more than 50 different types. Have you already tried it yourself? I am pretty sure that you have seen the flower but just do not know about the name and its properties. Here I am empowering you to do so!
Wishing your many good intentions inside of your warm cup of tea!