Fresh Hibiscus Tea tastes amazing, and is good for you. It is said to be good to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and to strengthen the immune system…and it is super simple to make!
Straight from the garden, this beautiful flower is a Hardy Hibiscus. Considered a perennial in my zone (6b), but with the help of some mulch over winter it has been coming back for over 10 years now. This gorgeous plant produces a lot of 9 and 10 inch dinner plate size blooms for well over a month during the heat of the summer.
When I first bought this little starter plant I had no idea how much I would love it, and I had no idea these are so healthy for you until I happened to catch an episode of Dr. Oz one day. He was telling everyone to go out and buy Hibiscus tea. Well that’s not as easy as it sounds, and when you do find it, let’s just say it’s not exactly affordable if your on a tight budget.
Hibiscus tea is widely used in many countries. In the Middle East people even call it “the cure for all diseases”. The reason for this is that it contains many useful substances, such as various vitamins, organic acids, antioxidants and others. This article also explains it may not be for everyone if you have low blood pressure or a couple other conditions you shouldn’t drink it.
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- 7 large Hibiscus flower petals only
- 1 quart boiling water
- 1/2 cup sugar in the raw (or whatever sweetener your choice)
- Rinse petals thoroughly and place in a strainer over a bowl, boil water add sugar then carefully pour boiled water over the strainer into a bowl. Transfer the water between the bowl and pot this way about 4 times
- Let petals steep until cooled (about 20 minutes). Remove and discard the petals.
- Fill your glass with ice, pour yourself some really homemade Fresh Hibiscus Tea and enjoy!
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