Hibiscus Tea, also known as Karkade Tea or Jamaica Tea, is a refreshing and super healthy beverage made using fresh or dried Hibiscus Flowers. This agua fresca is considered a superfood and has fantastic benefits to the body when drank in a moderate amount.
Benefits of hibiscus tea
Hibiscus tea has a lot of benefits. Hibiscus tea has been understood to prevent hypertension, lower high blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, keep your liver healthy, assist with menstrual cramps, assist with depression, help digestion and assist with weight management. It's rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative homes. And it tastes tasty!
But it can also have some adverse effects.
Side effects of hibiscus tea
Hibiscus Tea can impact estrogen levels which indicates that it has a result of both pregnancy and fertility. If you are attempting to become pregnant or are pregnant, you must most likely avoid hibiscus in your diet. It likewise lowers blood pressure which can be harmful if you currently struggle with low blood pressure.
It's essential to see if it works for you with anything that has medical, residential, or commercial properties. Something that I'm slowly learning while we live here in Auroville. We consume many healthy, local ingredients now, and people around us are more than happy to inform us more about them.
Here is how to make it.
How to make Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus Tea House
Learn how to make hibiscus tea which has some amazing benefits. Make this with either fresh or dried flowers and choose to have it as a hot cup of tea or as hibiscus iced tea because either way it's delicious and really good for you!
2 cups Fresh Hibiscus Flowersor 1/2 cup dried Hibiscus Flowers
8 cups Water
1/4 cup Honey add more if you like your tea sweeter
3 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
If using fresh hibiscus flowers, remove the calyx or the green part at the base of the flower to which the stem is attached. You can also remove the pistil which is the thin thread like tube in the middle of the flower which has pollens attached to it or you can choose to keep it. You don't need to do this if you are using dried flowers.
Bring the hibiscus flowers and water to a boil in a large pot. Once the water starts boiling, switch off the flame and cover the vessel. At this point, you can also add other herbs or add ins such as basil, lemon grass, lemon zest etc. Let the tea steep for 15-20 minutes. Mix in the honey and lime juice till completely combined. Strain the tea.
You can either serve hibiscus tea warm or you can chill it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Either way it tastes delicious!
Add Ins: You can add some of your favorite flavors to this tea. Basil, lemon grass, lemon zest and mint all taste really nice with hibiscus
Sweetness: We prefer our tea moderately sweet but feel free to add more honey or even replace it with sugar if you like
Calories 89, Carbs 22 grams, Protein 1 grams, Fat 1 grams, Sodium 23 milligrams, Sugar 20 grams