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Drinking hibiscus iced tea or adding a hint of hibiscus to your favorite tea is a great way to create a sweet-yet-fruity flavor to cool off on a hot summer day. It has been noted that even the pharaohs drank this tea in the ancient Nile Valley, and it was regarded as the primary beverage for royalty as their secret to youth.
This refreshing beverage is great to sip in hot weather because it supports the body’s cooling mechanisms and aids in relaxation by lowering blood pressure. A recent study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Biology even found that hibiscus can help prevent oxidative stress caused by UV light due to its strong antioxidant capacity.
Not only does hibiscus tea taste great, but it also helps to cool and relax the body while providing nourishing vitamins and potent antioxidants. There are countless studies linking this beautiful medicinal flower to beneficial health effects, including easing excess water weight, lowering cholesterol, decreasing inflammation, balancing blood sugar, improving blood pressure, and supporting the immune system. On the next hot summer’s day, infuse some tart, ruby red flavor into your drink and embrace the amazing health benefits as you relax under the sun.
Did You Know?
Hibiscus is made from the roselle flower.
Hibiscus Tea Recipe
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Brew it Right
COLD/ICED: Use 1 tea bag for every 8 oz. of water to a glass container. (If you are using loose leaf tea, use 11/2 teaspoons per cup.) Cover and place in the refrigerator. Wait 5 hours (more if you like it stronger, less if you want it weaker). Discard the tea bags, and your tea is ready to enjoy cold or over ice. For extra flavor, add fresh mint, lemon, lime, and/or a little honey. Store leftover tea in the fridge for up to three days. Or if you want, freeze the leftover tea in silicone ice cube trays and add them to your favorite drink.
HOT: Pour 8 oz. of boiled water over 1 tea bag, cover and steep 10 minutes. Squeeze the tea bag to enjoy the most flavor. For extra flavor add lemon, lime, or a little honey.