People have been steeping, infusing, serving, sipping, and raving about their favorite teas for more than 5,000 years. From green to black, tea has served as everything from a form of currency and a status symbol among the rich and infamous to a miracle cure-all of various chills and ills.
Originating in Angola, hibiscus is now healing and helping people around the world.
Hibiscus is a bushy magenta-colored plant whose flowers make a tart, cranberry-flavored tea.
Known in America as Jamaica or Red Zinger, it contains vitamin C, minerals, and anthocyanins, which have antihypertensive compounds that may help lower blood pressure.
Hibiscus tea can boost your immune system and enhance the effectiveness of vitamin C supplements.
Polyphenols in hibiscus tea can also help reverse a non-alcoholic fatty liver condition called steatosis. Polyphenols contain antioxidant, anti-aging, and disease-prevention properties and hibiscus flowers are teeming with them. According to research studies, the disease-fighting properties in hibiscus tea have even killed human leukemia cells.
In Egypt and the Sudan where it is called Karkade, hibiscus tea is beneficial in maintaining a healthy body temperature and overall heart health. Some Europeans sip it to improve circulation. Research studies on its ability to help patients maintain healthy cholesterol levels have been encouraging. For both cholesterol and blood pressure maintenance, one cup of hibiscus tea twice a day has been recommended.
Other devotees drink it to decrease stomach spasms; it also works as a mild laxative or a diuretic. It has been used to treat colds, nervous conditions, urinary tract infections, and to maintain a healthy body weight. And hibiscus tea is also a fountain of youth for your brain, supporting your memory and your ability to concentrate. Hibiscus, a healthy body, and an active lifestyle are suited to a tea.