Hibiscus Tea is not something that you hear much about. There are so many herbal teas that many go unrecognised. I only noticed Hibiscus recently when I reviewed a book on Home Remedies for this blog recently.
But I think that will change.
After some trawling through the research on this tea or tisane to use the "proper" word it is very clear that this tea has some very important properties.
Let's go through them now and start by asking the question…..
Who Needs Hibiscus Tea?
You do if your blood pressure is high and you do if you would like your LDL cholesterol levels to go down and you really do if you would like to lose some of the fatty deposits from the inner walls of your arteries.
That's who needs this tea!
And that is a lot of the population…..I wonder if there's enough hibiscus to go round?
Research on the Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea
The surprising thing is that a lot of the research is so recent. This is a tea that has been enjoyed for thousands of years in Africa and even by the Pharaohs in Egypt.
With the arrogance that one has come to expect medical authorities in the West seemed to ignore this safe and effective remedy – preferring to sponsor research into more and more expensive pharmaceutical drugs that harm so many people and drain their bank accounts too.
Instead of a "Safety first" mentality that you would expect they seem to have a "Profits first" mindset.
Anyhow here is nice study showing that "daily consumption of hibiscus tea, in an amount readily incorporated into the diet, lowers BP in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults and may prove an effective component of the dietary changes recommended for people with these conditions."
Quoted from a research paper with the splendid title, "Hibiscus sabdariffa L. tea (tisane) lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. "published in PubMed.
Which Hibiscus Tea?
Like any other herbal tea it matters a lot how the herb is grown, harvested and prepared.
Is the herb dried and then you simmer it in a pan or do you just pop a tea bag in a cup for a few seconds and expect herbal miracles?
You must follow the instructions that come with the tea or phone the company, because any genuine herb supplier will be happy to help you get the most healing support from their herbs.
That being said I would not use a tea bag for a condition that was being treated! A tea bag is fine for casual use but for the best results I would expect to simmer the herbs for let's say 10 minutes as a minimum. maybe steep them overnight – it depends on the herb.
Or use a tincture – for greater convenience.
So check the label!
Last Words On Hibiscus
This is a delicious tea that is very heart friendly. If you just want to enjoy the tea and are not concerned about its ability to clean your arteries or lower your blood pressure then it's fine to use the hibiscus tea bags, as shown here on the left – click the pic for details – but if you want the full health benefits of drinking hibiscus tea either hot or cold then the loose tea or the tincture is best for you either way you get the benefits Of Hibiscus Tea very easily
I hope you enjoy it either way.
Last of all – if you want to use a sweetener check out the posts on Stevia and Agave- and more articles on sweeteners coming soon here on Natural Detox Blog