Study Proves Blood Pressure Reducing Properties!
Hibiscus tea (an herbal tea) is made from the Hibiscus flower, but it is also found in other delicious drinks.
The hibiscus flower is commonly found in Aguas Frescas which are light drinks (usually non-alcoholic) sold by street vendors, stores (bodegas) and eateries in Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and some South American countries. They are also found in some taquerias (taco stand) in the United States.
Aguas Frescas are made by combining water, grains, seeds, fruit, sugar or honey, and often hibiscus flowers (as in the recipe below). Cinnamon often pairs well with the fruits so it makes a nice added topping!
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), hibiscus tea is used to help manage a wide variety of health concerns, from insomnia to high blood pressure to soothing skin irritations and much more!
Research from Tufts University shows that this tea can lower blood pressure:
“After drinking hibiscus tea daily for a six week period, participants experienced lowered diastolic, systolic, and mean arterial pressures when compared to those who received a placebo tea“
Dr. Diane McKay of Tufts University explains her findings:
This tea also has great antioxidant properties stemming from its high content of Vitamin C.
- Calyces (sepals) of the Roselle (Hibiscus flower)
- 1 tablespoon raw sugar or honey
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a pan and boil for 5-10 minutes until the water begins to turn a reddish color.
- Strain and if desired add your favorite organic sweetener.
- Once cool it can be stored in the fridge. (This tea can be enjoyed warm or cold.)
Always use organic ingredients for best results!