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A cup of hibiscus tea a day keeps the doctor away

October 2nd, 2023

Hibiscus tea, a beverage native to North Africa and Southeast Asia, can help boost energy and has a cooling function in summer. Various hibiscus tea products are available, which can improve heart and mental health, regulate body temperature and may also help prevent a range of ailments including cancer. Take a look at our articles and enjoy reading about the health benefits of hibiscus tea.

What is Hibiscus Tea?

Hibiscus, the scientific name of which is hibiscus sabdariffa, is a genus of numerous species of herbs, shrubs, and trees in the mallow family. It is native to tropical Africa but is now grown in many warm temperate and tropical regions. Jamaica and Mexico are major producing countries.

People also call hibiscus by many names such as red sorrel, Jamaica sorrel, zoborodo, Karkadi, roselle, and sour tea. Hibiscus has many good elements for human body such as vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants that help in the treatment of hypertension, anxiety and cancer. Hibiscus tea made from dried parts of the hibiscus flower is ruby red and known as Zobo drink. The flavors are sweet and tart, similar to cranberry.

A branch of hibiscus with flowers.

Hibiscus tea is a very popular drink in many countries. In the West, it is often found as a component of herbal tea mixtures. In Thailand, it is made into a beverage to quench thirst. In Iran, hibiscus is the popular treatment of hypertension and cancer.

Health benefits of hibiscus tea

Several health benefits are thought to derive from hibiscus tea.

Blood pressure reduction

If hibiscus tea is consumed without sugar or dairy products, it is a hydration motivator, a popular anti-hypertensive drug. It can reduce medical costs, and prevents complications such as stroke or heart disease.

Hibiscus tea has a refreshing taste and is always a big hit on hot days.

Reducing cholesterol

In either capsule or beverage form, hibiscus is effective in reducing cholesterol by decreasing LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides while raising the HDL (good) cholesterol content.

A good low-cal beverage

Hibiscus tea has a lot of antioxidants and polyphenols that protect the body against diseases and lower inflammation. A cup per day, along with eating a balanced diet and exercising frequently, it helps lower body weight and reduce abdominal fat. It also reduces anti-cortisol, the stress hormone and which attributes to fat storage.

How to make hibiscus tea


  • 1/2 cup of dried hibiscus flowers

  • 8 cups of water

  • 1 cup honey, or more depending of taste

  • Other herbs or add-ins

Dried and fresh hibiscus flowers

Instructions: Place the dried hibiscus flowers and water in a pot. Let it steep for 20-30 minutes. You can add some of your favorite flavors to this tea like other herbs, mint, honey and lemon juice etc. Strain the tea. If mint is used, lay the leaves face-up in the palm and slap them by clapping the hands. It is a technique used by bartenders to release the flavor and aroma of the mint.

The tea can also be chilled in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.

Hot and cold hibiscus tea will improve our well-being. Let’s make a cup of hibiscus tea.

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