HIBISCUS (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Historically hibiscus has been used to cool the body. Hibiscus throughout history across the world for colds and upper respiratory infections, sleeplessness, and for cardiac issues.
It is high in vitamin C, anti-inflammatory polyphenols, flavonoids, and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, aluminum, sodium, and potassium.
astringent, balancing (hormones), antibacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, diuretic, cardiotonic, hepatic, hypocholesterolemic
Hibiscus is native to Africa and Southeast Asia and is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions. There are hundreds of species of hibiscus many of which are ornamental. Hibiscus sabdariffa has large yellow flowers with a reddish-purple center.
Hibiscus is used both fresh and dry. It is used in tea, tincture, infused honey, jams, and more.
Hibiscus tea is a prized tea in many cultures and is often combined with cinnamon, clove, ginger, lemon juice, or mint.
Hibiscus is sour and astringent and cooling which may help to regulate the body temperature and may be particularly useful with inflammation in the body.
It’s high vitamin c and antioxidant content can help to strengthen the immune system particularly with colds, infections, and congestion in the respiratory system.
Hibiscus may also help support the cardiovascular system as well as have hepatoprotective effects.
Additionally, hibiscus may be used as an ally for the urinary system and may help with bladder and UTI infections as well as foodborne pathogens due to its antimicrobial properties.
Hibiscus has also been shown to be hormone balancing, and useful for regulating menstrual flow and excessive bleeding. The antispasmodic actions may help to relieve cramps.
Hibiscus can be used as a tea by steeping 1-2 tsp of hibiscus in 1 cup boiling water up to 3 times a day. Tinctures, syrups, and glycerites may also be used.
Extremely high doses could be toxic to the liver. Avoid during pregnancy. May be stimulating during menstruation.
Making Hibiscus Tea:
Incorporating Vitamin C into your diet is one way to help maintain a robust immune system. Before reaching for a supplement, try this amazing, tart, fruity tea that gives you a kick of Vitamin C, antioxidants, along with some additional vitamins and mineral and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can also reap the benefits of sipping slowing down, sipping some tea, and reducing stress, which is important for immune function.
Combine herbs in a 1-quart jar and pour boiling water over top. Allow to steep 10-15 mins ( I usually go a longer )
Strain and drink 1-3 cups per day topped with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Add honey if desired.
Store any unused tea in the fridge for 24 hours.
Delicious warm or cold.
What's your favorite way to use hibiscus?