Hibiscus tea is a popular drink that has many medicinal properties. It is used for lowering the high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Hibiscus is also rich in vitamin C and hence it plays an important role in fortifying the immune system. Hibiscus tea is a general cleansing agent and a detoxifying agent as it is a strong anti-oxidant. It is also ideal for lowering the menstrual cramps. Above all this hibiscus tea is aromatic and sweet.
Tips to Make Hibiscus Tea
Pluck a cup of fresh hibiscus flowers and wash them well to remove any dirt and insects on it. Then spread them on a paper towel and dry the flowers. Once the flowers stars to dry transfer it to another paper towel and allow it to dry fully. Then crush the dried flowers and put the crushes in to a jar having a tight lid.
Take a pot and to this add a tablespoon of dried and crushed hibiscus flowers. Along with hibiscus flowers you can also add rosemary or cinnamon sticks for flavoring. Boil a cup of water in a pan and add this water to the pot containing hibiscus flowers and flavoring agents. Keep the flowers immersed in hot water for about five minutes and keep the pot covered.
Then strain the liquid from the pot and to this add some honey and juice taken from freshly cut lemon. This will add sweetness and extra flavor to your tea. Other favoring agents that can be added to hibiscus tea are orange rind, bergamot, dried grape fruit rind, mint, aniseed, catnip etc. you can steep these favoring agents along with the hibiscus flowers.
Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is found to have anti bacterial properties and is useful for treating respiratory bacterial infection. Thus hibiscus tea can help you in relieving the discomforts of whooping cough. Hibiscus tea is a good remedy for flatulence, stomach upset, indigestion and bloating. It can also promote peristaltic movement of intestine and thus avoids constipation.