The Crimson or rather the deep magenta colour of the Hibiscus tea is enough to drive anyone out of their senses. Today our topic for discussion would be everyone’s darling- Hibiscus tea that’s gaining popularity like wildfire. What should we call it – Hibiscus tea or karkade tea or Jamaica tea? Well, whatever sounds classic to you.
Hibiscus tea, as we can anticipate from the name is made from the Hibiscus flowers. These plants are known for their large, showy, and colorful flowers. The blossoms make for a decorative addition to a home or garden enhancing beauty but not only are the flowers beautiful, but they also make for a delectable, wonderful tea too.
It is a beautiful and super amazing blend of Hibiscus flowers, an herbal tisane that is made from the concoction of fresh and dried hibiscus flowers. It is made from the sepals (calyxes) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower. It can be consumed both hot and cold and it has a cranberry-like flavour.
What sets this tea apart from the rest is its tart, lemony flavor, and its distinctive red hue that makes it a treat to the eyes. It has a tart taste and hence Hibiscus tea is also called Sour tea. It is made from a mixture of dried Hibiscus flowers, leaves, and dark red calyces. Although it is commonly called a tea, this one is actually a tisane i.e. a beverage made from steeping dried leaves, flowers, or other parts of a plant in boiling water. Evidently, this tea is caffeine-free since it’s an herbal tea. Your go-to tea throughout the year. Quite an all-rounder, isn’t it?
The Hibiscus tea apart from its hue and aroma is also great for our health. It has many health benefits or rather an array of health benefits that makes it the first choice of many people. Read till the end to find out how the crimson-colored tea can benefit you in ways you could not even imagine!
How to make Hibiscus tea?
To maintain the flower’s properties and to make Hibiscus tea, the water must be brought to a boil and then removed from heat. Add the Hibiscus flowers, cover the pot, and let it stand for 10 minutes. The correct proportion of hibiscus and water would be 2tbsp of dry hibiscus/2 tea bags and 2 cups of boiling water.
One should drink about 2 cups of this tea daily, half an hour before your main meals. The tea should be consumed without sugar to get the perfect experience of the dried Hibiscus petals and to get better weight loss results when combined with a balanced diet and basic physical exercise.
Brew it, hot or cold! It’ll still taste amazing!
Apart from the above mentioned classic Hibiscus tea, why don’t you make your Hibiscus tea exciting and take it to the next level with some amazing Hibiscus iced tea? Read on!!
The Hibiscus lemonade can be made in the following ways:
- Place 1 teaspoon of Hibiscus flowers in the steeper.
- Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your cup.
- Add 1 cup of hot water.
- Let steep for 5 minutes.
And you’re done, a refreshing cup of lemonade in no time at all!
For the delicious Hibiscus Mint Iced tea, the recipe is as follows:
- Take 1 tablespoon of Hibiscus flowers in a tea bag or muslin cloth.
- Add the teabag, Mint leaves, and water to a pitcher and give your mixture a good stir.
- Place your concoction in the fridge overnight to brew well.
- Add ice and serve!
That’s it. Enjoy your mint iced tea!
Some amazing health benefits of Hibiscus tea!!
Who knew that consuming hibiscus tea will aid your weight loss goals? Hibiscus plant contains anthocyanins, polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, and flavonoids. These actively help regulate lipid metabolism and boost the elimination of fat hence helping in weight loss. Hibiscus tea has been proven to speed up the weight loss process.
Research showed that Hibiscus extract can inhibit obesity and fat accumulation. It reduced body weight, body fat, body mass index, and hip-to-waist ratio. Hence, Hibiscus tea can definitely be included in your diet- A tasty and wonderful way to reduce weight.
Reduces Cholesterol levels
Another study showed that Hibiscus can reduce cholesterol levels substantially. The study concluded that it has a high potency to reduce the ratio of LDL-cholesterol to HDL-cholesterol. Since it has a very positive effect on bad cholesterol levels in the body, it significantly reduces the risk of obesity. Hibiscus tea can also boost metabolism thus improving digestion.
Overall, it has been found to show promising results when weight loss is concerned as it works to balance your metabolism and make weight loss more manageable.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Another striking benefit of Hibiscus tea is that the tea helps to lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it has few or no symptoms. About 139 million Indians suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure, and that number is increasing every year. High blood pressure can lead to grave health conditions such as heart failure, stroke, kidney damage, etc.
Apart from the medications that might have underlying side effects, what if you got to know that an herbal tea might treat your high blood pressure? Because even if you think it won’t, at least it won’t have any underlying side effects, unlike the medications that would have adverse effects when used for a long time. You could lower your risk by making some lifestyle changes alongside modifying your diet.
Prevents cell damage
As mentioned earlier, the Hibiscus plant is packed with antioxidants that may help fight free radicals, which cause damage to living cells. It is known that this plant is rich in anthocyanins which is a type of flavonoid linked to improve blood vessel function and hence, Hibiscus tea could help lower blood pressure.
Various studies have demonstrated that drinking this tea may lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Drinking Hibiscus tea twice a day along with lifestyle and dietary modification can be effective in managing blood pressure and hypertension.
Hibiscus tea also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. This inflammation is said to be associated with both weight gain and blood pressure. Hence, herbal tea could possibly take away all your worries and give you a healthy life that you’ve always craved for. Apart from its multitude of possible health benefits, Hibiscus tea is also a delicious and easy drink to prepare at home.
If you’re wanting to put a new spin on classic tea recipes, try using the flavoursome, popular Hibiscus tea for a change, a beautiful one. If you’re worried about your blood pressure or your weight, you may want to sip in a cup of the crimson-colored tea made from the beautiful hibiscus flowers. We’re sure no one could ever deny Hibiscus tea and once you try it, you’re hooked!