Hibiscus tea has been a popular herbal tea for hundreds of years.
The sharp, bright berry taste is delicious on its own or with added sugar and can be enjoyed hot or cold. In addition to tasting nice, Hibiscus tea has a range of health benefits, making it a popular with people looking to lose weight. Hibiscus tea has also been proven to lower blood pressure, fight bacterial infections, clear skin, minimise fluid retention and could even minimise your chance of getting cancer. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about Hibiscus tea and how you can enjoy it.
Hibiscus flower is often used in herbal remedies and medicines due to its powerful antibacterial and properties. Nowadays, you can find hibiscus flowers in tablet form as well as oils, creams, and capsules. However, the most popular way of taking hibiscus is to drink the tea of the hibiscus plant.
Unlike most teas that only use the leaves of the plant, hibiscus tea is made of the hibiscus flower to give it a full, refreshing taste as well as a beautiful pink colour.
Some hibiscus teas use a mixture of the leaves and the petals but our Hibiscus tea exclusively uses the flower to give a slightly sweeter, purer taste to maximise the benefits of the tea.
Hibiscus tea is an effective diuretic and helps remove toxins, waste and excess sodium from your body. This is why it’s such a fantastic tea to help beat bloating, lose weight, clear skin and improve the health of your internal organs. One cup a day is more than enough to see some serious results.
The Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is well-known as being beneficial when it comes to health. The main attraction of Hibiscus tea is its ability to fight high blood pressure. High Blood pressure affects 34% of Australians. That’s around 1 in 3 people walking around with the condition known as the silent killer. High blood pressure can lead to issues with your circulation, your heart, kidneys, liver, and could even lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
The reason high-blood pressure is so dangerous is because it displays very few symptoms. This means you could already have high blood pressure and not know it. Drinking Hibiscus tea is a proven way to help reduce blood pressure without the need for serious medications. Hibiscus tea is effective at lowering blood pressure because it is packed with antioxidants. Hibiscus flower is extra-effective because the calyces of the flower have been proven to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
If that wasn’t enough, Hibiscus tea could also help reduce the amount of fat being carrying by your blood, making it effective against high cholesterol. Studies have shown that drinking Hibiscus tea regularly can help beat high cholesterol and even help manage conditions such as diabetes. Another key benefit of drinking hibiscus tea is the high iron content. This means that regular hibiscus tea drinkers are unlikely to be anaemic. This ties to the plant’s properties to lower blood pressure making it one of the best drinks for anyone looking to promote heart health and heart disease.
Another benefit of the antioxidants in hibiscus tea is that antioxidants fight the build-up of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are pollutants that attack your cells and cause your skin to age prematurely. Studies on over 100,000 people have also shown that Free Radicals can also contribute to a fatty liver, kidney failure, macular degeneration in your eyes as well as diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Drinking just one cup of Hibiscus tea every day can minimise your chances of getting a degenerative disease at a young age. In fact, one study showed that a cup of Hibiscus tea every day could remove up to 92% of free radicals in the liver.
Aside from the obvious health benefits of Hibiscus tea, it’s also used as a beauty drink by many. The antioxidants can help your skin fight against sun damage, wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging, meaning when you drink Hibiscus tea, you are literally drinking your way to beautiful. Hibiscus tea is also known for its weight-loss qualities. Hibiscus tea contains enzymes that help breakdown existing fat as well as preventing future fat storage. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, Hibiscus tea can help you shift the extra weight you thought you’d never lose.
The weight-loss function in hibiscus tea can also improve your metabolic weight, which means you’ll burn fat more efficiently in the future, helping you achieve long-term weight-loss. The polyphenols in the tea help the liver function properly, meaning your body can efficiently remove fats and waste, promoting weight further weight loss. It’s also exceptionally effective at assisting livers that have been damaged by alcohol.
Hibiscus tea can also help fight against bloating thanks to its antibacterial properties. Bacteria in your gut can produce gas and cause cramps, swelling, uncomfortable pain, urinary problems as well as diarrhoea. Studies have found that not only does Hibiscus tea treat the symptoms of bacterial infections, it can also eliminate the bacteria themselves, meaning you don’t need medicine.
Hibiscus tea is also being studied by scientists right now because it has shown remarkable properties that can prevent cancer cells' spread. Specifically, Hibiscus seems to be very effective at treating stomach cancer, mouth cancer, and prostate cancer. It's currently thought that the tea's antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading.
Over 300 plants have the ability to affect the human body’s levels of estrogen, and Hibiscus is one of the most powerful. Hibiscus tea has been proven to affect the levels of oestrogen in your body. This means it can be a great help for period pain, irregular periods, and can even help you to control the mood swings and fatigue that happen as a result of menstruation.
This means hibiscus tea is excellent for menopausal women. Hibiscus regulates the levels of oestrogen in the body, which can help counteract the symptoms of menopause. This includes hot flushes.
Since Hibiscus tea has some pretty powerful properties, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. If you take any sort of medication for your heart, liver, or blood pressure, it’s best to check with your doctor before drinking Hibiscus tea. Some studies show that Hibiscus tea can prevent medicines such as chloroquine or medication for diabetes and high blood pressure from being effective. While one cup a day shouldn’t have a major effect, you definitely shouldn’t be exceeding 3 or 4 cups a day if you take medications.
There is also some evidence that Hibiscus tea can encourage menstruation, so anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding, or on the contraceptive pill should be careful when drinking hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea can affect your hormones, which, during pregnancy, can lead to a miscarriage, early labour, and labour pain. In breastfeeding mothers, it can result in a lower supply of milk for your child, so in general, it’s best to avoid Hibiscus tea during and after pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive and finding it difficult, you should also avoid hibiscus tea.
Commonly Asked Questions About Hibiscus Tea
1. What does hibiscus tea taste like?
Hibiscus tea has a clean, tangy, sharp taste. The slightly earthy tones are balanced by the bright fruitiness of the flower, making it a great tea to drink hot or cold. If the taste is too sharp, you can add honey as a sweetener. Low-quality hibiscus tea will taste bitter and have a stewed undertone as it has lost the bright, fruity freshness.
2. Can I drink Hibiscus Tea while pregnant?
It is not recommended to drink Hibiscus tea while pregnant as the tea can affect your hormones. This can result in early labour or even a miscarriage, so it’s better to drink another type of tea. You could always try our tasty Raspberry tea, which is specifically designed to benefit pregnant mothers.
3. Will Hibiscus tea make me gain weight?
No! In fact, it’s the opposite. Hibiscus tea can help you lose weight by preventing fat storage and boosting your metabolism, making it easier for your body to burn fat. Just one cup of Hibiscus tea a day can help you drop some extra pounds.
4. Can Hibiscus tea help my blood pressure?
Yes, Hibiscus tea is widely associated with helping lower high blood pressure. The antioxidants in the tea help reduce blood pressure, and the flower itself can help remove fats from your blood. This is a double-whammy as it helps reduce blood pressure and treats high cholesterol.
5. Can I make hibiscus tea at home?
There are over 300 types of Hibiscus plant, and not all of them are good for making tea. The Roselle variety is the most commonly used for making hibiscus tea, and it is pretty easy to grow. The plants do need a lot of tending, and you need lots of flowers to make tea, so if you want to drink hibiscus tea regularly, you’re better off buying the tea or you’ll be spending a lot of time in your garden. Our Hibiscus tea comes ready to use, and has been created to get the best taste, and to keep all the health benefits of the flower, so you don’t have to worry about growing the plant.
6. Can Hibiscus tea keep my gut healthy?
Yes. The antioxidants, polyphenols, and vitamin C in the Hibiscus flower are great for fighting bacterial infections, balancing your gut, and promoting a healthy liver and kidneys. This means you can say goodbye to cramps, bloating, and uncomfortable pain after eating.
7. How much Hibiscus tea should I drink each day?
It’s recommended to drink no more than 3 or 4 cups per day. However, anyone on medications, pregnant ladies, or anyone trying to conceive should consume a maximum of one cup per day and should check with a doctor.
Drinking Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus is widely known for its beneficial properties, which means you can find it in various forms in most health food stores. It’s considered to be a bit of a superfood. You’ll find hibiscus in tablet form, as a tincture, and as a powder. However, the best way to consume hibiscus is as a tea.
Hibiscus tablets are quick and easy to take but are generally only an extract of the hibiscus flower. This means you aren’t getting the full benefit of the plant. Additionally, hibiscus is usually mixed in with other herbal remedies, so you may end up taking something you don’t want to. You can also find hibiscus as a capsule with oil or liquid inside. This is a similar concept and generally has been processed and mixed with other ingredients, so it probably won’t taste that nice.
A tincture is a small, alcoholic extract of hibiscus flower, which can be mixed in with other foods and drinks. There isn’t enough alcohol to affect you; it just helps preserve the ingredients. Furthermore, alcohol can help unlock some minerals and vitamins that the body can’t break down on its own. Generally, tinctures require around 15-25 drops to be effective, making them a more expensive option. Taken on their own, they don’t taste as nice as drinking hibiscus tea and mixed into other foods or drinks; they have no taste at all.
The benefit of hibiscus powder is that it can be used to make hair and face masks for cosmetic purposes. However, as with the tincture, it’s a fairly expensive option as you’ll need to use a lot of it. When ingested, hibiscus powder can be mixed into foods and drinks to mask the taste. Due to the processing of the flower, the powder is slightly weaker than drinking tea made from the whole flower and, as such, has fewer benefits and can take up to a month to be effective.
By far, the most cost-effective, tasty, and beneficial way to ingest hibiscus flower is by making tea. Not only does it taste delicious, but the lack of processing means all the goodness remains locked into the flower, so you get the full benefit. The sharp taste of Hibiscus tea means it’s perfect for drinking hot or as an iced tea on a hot Australian summer. To help inspire you, we’re sharing two of our favourite recipes using our best-selling hibiscus tea.
Warm Hibiscus tea
Bring water to the boil and steep a teaspoon of our Hibiscus tea in the water for approximately five minutes. After five minutes, strain the tea and add a dash of lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey. For an extra kick on a cold day, add a small amount of ginger. Drink hot.
Iced Hibiscus tea
Bring water to boil and steep a teaspoon of hibiscus tea for five minutes like normal. After five minutes, strain the tea, add a stick of cinnamon and leave to cool. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick and add two teaspoons of simple syrup and a squeeze of lime. Pour over ice and serve with a wedge of lime for a zingy, refreshing iced tea.
If you want a slightly fruitier taste, Black Leaves also offers two great berry teas which includes hibiscus.
- Berry Cleanse tea is excellent for beating particularly stubborn bloating. Why not try adding some raspberries and cranberries over ice to make a fruity hibiscus boost.
- Berry De Labillardiere is excellent for flushing out toxins and improving skin health. Both berry teas include hibiscus which nicely balance the tartness of the Hibiscus; perfect for making your own tea recipes.
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Hibiscus tea has so many health benefits and tastes so great that its popularity continues to grow. With high blood pressure and high cholesterol becoming major health concerns across Australia and the rest of the world, a cup of hibiscus tea every day could be the difference between naturally keeping your body healthy and the need for medicines.
Even if you feel healthy, you could have health problems, which will only show symptoms when it’s too late. Hibiscus tea is a tasty, natural way to give your body the boost it needs. Whether you want clear skin or to lose weight, beat bloating, or improve your heart health, Hibiscus tea is for you. Our delicious blend has been created to bring you the best benefits and the clearest, sharpest taste.
If that wasn’t enough, the 250g bag is on offer at 45% off. That’s over 200 cups of tea for a fraction of the price. The perfect excuse to get started today.
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