This is good news for tea lovers, scientists have revealed that hibiscus flower, which can be used in traditional medicine can also serve as beverage tea. The tea is tart and sour, so people often add citrus or sugar.
The research backs up hibiscus tea’s medicinal benefits, most especially for heart health. The study have confirmed that the deep red flowers can help lower blood pressure due to their diuretic properties, as they help the body eliminate excess water, while their anthocyanins block ACE or angiotensin-converting enzyme. ACE is the compound that causes blood vessels to constrict, as what the prescription combo of hydrochlorothiazide and lisinopril does. But it is only to a milder degree and without the side effects.
Hibiscus Tea Recipe
4 cups water
4-5 Tablespoon fresh or 3 Tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
1 Tablespoon raw sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of 1 orange
1. Boil water.
2. Pour over cinnamon stick and hibiscus.
3. Steep for at least 20 minutes.
4. Strain out cinnamon stick and hibiscus.
5. Add sugar and orange.
6. Serve iced or hot.