Hibiscus tea has been enjoyed for generations, across the world and is an easy was to stay cool and refreshed in the hot summer sun. You know, just in case we get any.
Habits shape our lives both present and future. Try this one on and see how it fits.
Hibiscus Summer Tea Recipe
4 cups water
1/2 cup dried Hibiscus flowers
1/3 cup sweetener like honey
Another 3 cups of cold water
More sugar to taste
1 lime, thinly sliced
First off, pick out a pot that won't stain. Hibiscus has the potential to stain just about anything it comes into contact with including your countertop, cookware, wooden spoons, favorite jeans, etc. So keep this in mind.
Bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove water from heat and add the dried flowers and honey. Place a lid over the pot and steep for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice along the way to break down the sugar granules.
Pour the infusion through a strainer and into a pitcher or jug (this is usually where something gets stained). You are going to want to add about 3 more cups of cold water to the pitcher. Taste and adjust based on your personal preference. You can add a bit more honey if you think you need it, or more water if you feel like the Hibiscus is too overpowering. This is usually just about right for my taste. I don't like the sugar to overpower the refreshing natural tartness of the Hibiscus flower.
Cool completely and serve with plenty of ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.
You can also mix it half and half with coconut water or add ginger to the infusion.
This simple tea packs a strong therapeutic punch. The list of therapeutic benefits is both impressive and comprehensive. This age old drink, like all foods, has the power to reshape our lives over time. Constancy, trusted guidance and informed habits foster long term health.
Hibiscus is most known for its ability to lower blood pressure. Drinking 3 cups of hibiscus tea daily for 6 weeks reduced systolic blood pressure by 7 mm Hg in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive participants. In those with mean systolic blood pressure over 129 mm Hg, the reduction was nearly 14 mm Hg. Hibiscus flowers contain anthocyanins, which are believed to be active antihypertensive compounds, acting as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Hibiscus has been shown to benefit wound healing, liver function, obesity and blood sugar regulation. The immune balancing and antioxidant properties make hibiscus invaluable for healthy aging.
Finding things we enjoy that support our health goals creates the foundation for a fulfilling life.
Cheers to tea time!