Growing up, we drank hibiscus iced tea, know in Mexico as Agua de Jamaica. This delicious drink is an infusion of dried hibiscus flowers, and it tastes delicious. This popular drink at Mexican restaurants is loaded with Vitamin C and is full of other healthcare benefits. When my son was a toddler, I used to tell him it was Gatorade, and he believed me. I know, I know, it is not pleasant to lie to your kids, but it worked, and he loved it so much. Now I am glad he had hibiscus water instead of drinks full of awful ingredients. Hibiscus Tea is not only good for you, but it is also full of benefits.
How do you make Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea has several health benefits, and it is so easy to make. You can get dried hibiscus flowers easily from grocery stores or online.
You can easily make Hibiscus tea by boiling four cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan, and once it starts boiling, remove it from heat. Pour the boiling water over 3/4 cups of dried hibiscus petals. Cover the bowl and let the color from the flowers steep into the water. Steep for 10-12 minutes, and then add ice to make a refreshing hibiscus iced tea. You can also add your choice of sweetener to sweeten it up.
What Are Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea has a wide variety of health and skin benefits.
Hibiscus tea has been used to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol, weight loss among other health issues. Hibiscus is also known to help remove dead skin, control acne breakouts, and moisturizing your skin.
Benefits of Hibiscus Tea for Skin
The hibiscus plant is full of antioxidants that are known to do wonders to your skin. These antioxidant properties are known to tightening your skin layer, keeping the skin oil and moisture balanced. It is also known to exfoliate dead cells and regenerating new ones.
Hibiscus skincare products, such as a face or body soap, can bring all these benefits. Our Cleansing Essentials Soap has all-natural and organic ingredients to moisturize, exfoliate, regenerate and tighten your skin.
Hibiscus Tea Lowers Blood Pressure
A 2010 article published in The Journal Of Nutrition found that consuming hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in people who are at risk of high blood pressure and those with mildly high blood pressure. In this study, participants consumed three 8-ounce servings of hibiscus tea or a placebo every day for six weeks.
Those who drank the hibiscus tea saw a significant reduction in their systolic blood pressure compared to those who consumed the placebo drink.
Hibiscus Tea Lowers Cholesterol
A 2011 article published by Hindawi Journal compared the results of Ninety people consuming hibiscus versus black tea on cholesterol levels. All subjects had high blood pressure and consumed either hibiscus or black tea twice a day for 15 days. After 30 days, all people included in the study had significant increases in their total and HDL or “good” cholesterol levels.
Hibiscus Tea for Weight loss Some health benefits of hibiscus tea include weight loss. Some studies have demonstrated positive effects when examining the effects of concentrated hibiscus on managing body weight. A 2016 article showed that hibiscus resulted in a lower body mass index (BMI), body weight, body fat, and hip-to-waist ratio. If it can help manage your weight, why not drink this delicious tea.
So, whether you drink Hibiscus tea or add it to your skincare regimen, you are benefiting from all it has to offer. Ask your doctor if you are planning on adding Hibiscus tea to your diet for healthcare reasons. Studies have shown that Hibiscus Tea may interfere with some medications, so it always better to be safe than sorry by asking your doctor.