The Hibiscus has long been valued because it is a beautiful flower, but it has a very practical side as well. Not only is it beautiful, it is edible and nutritious. It contains Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can help boost the immune system. Not only does it slow aging, but it fights against cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases. It is a good supplementary drink for people who want to lose weight.
The dried hibiscus is often considered a delicacy in Mexico. It can be used as garnish on desserts and salads or brewed into a tea. Generations of people have used the dried flower to create a tasty medicinal tea used for liver and heart ailments. It can be served either hot or cold. The beverage is well known for its dark rich color, tanginess and delicious flavor.
The tea can be used as a natural diuretic and gentle laxative, thus making it a great tea for dieters or people with kidney problems. Drinking Hibiscus tea every day, has also been known to lower blood pressure.
Hibiscus is also rich in amino acids that provide a tightening effect on the skin without stripping the skin of much needed natural oils. Hibiscus contains an abundant amount of astringent properties beneficial for oily skin or hair. When used as a hair rinse, it strengthens the hair against breakage, split ends and detangles naturally curly hair. It has a cooling effect, which helps maintain natural hair color as well as vitality. It can also be used as a natural dark purple red dye for the hair, when used regularly.
1 tsp. Hibiscus flowers
1/4 cup Hot water (not boiling)
3/4 cup Cold water with Ice
1 tsp. Lime Juice
1 tsp. Raw honey or Rapadura
1 Lemon slice
Steep 1 tsp. of dried hibiscus petals in 1/4 cup of hot water, until it becomes a dark reddish purple color. Once all the color is leached out, strain out petals. Add Lime Juice and the cold water/ice combination. Lastly, sweeten with raw honey or Rapadura. Use lemon slice as garnish.
Pamela Jo Capone
March 26, 2012 at 3:28 pm
This stuff if awesome. It's loaded with nutritional value and is so easy to add to pure drinking water as another alternative for something tasty to drink. I boil water add the flowers and let steep for awhile to make the juice...
then sweeten with stevia or agave and then add a little to plain water and it's awesome!
November 7, 2012 at 7:10 am
I have had over active acid secretions in my stomach for sometime because I am such a milk and cream junkie and because I have been living under extreme stress from six bereavements in one year! I felt inclined towards hibiscus naturally and find that it has remarkable stabilizing properties and helped with instant relief. As of today I extend a regime to counter the entire havoc wreaked in my system which could I am well aware set the environment for cancer I shall include
I drink either hibiscus or water when thirsty
Food is limited as i live in africa but i shall stick to this regime for a few days
boiled oats with honey, potatoes with fresh herbs and olive oil, advocadoes, oranges,pineapples, bananas and leafy greens and leeks as soup.
I cycle strenuously for 2 hours per day, do weights and breathing and meditaion
I shall assess the situation in five days.
Wish me luck