What exactly is hibiscus tea? Hibiscus is a large brightly coloured flower grown in warm climates. The name hibiscus comes from the Greek term “hibiskos”, named by a doctor (ironic now that we know all of the health benefits of the plant). The hibiscus flower is also the national flower of Malaysia. This popular plant has been breed with others to create hibiscus hybrids around the world. However, our hibiscus tea is true to its name with pure hibiscus being its one and only ingredient. Lucky for tea drinkers everywhere this flower has more to offer than just its beauty.
Hibiscus Tea Benefits
Hibiscus tea is a powerful antioxidant and has a wide range of therapeutic effects. Scientists have discovered the power that hibiscus has in its ability to lower blood pressure. One study in particular notes that hibiscus tea is more effective in lowering blood pressure than common western medicines. Hibiscus is hot on the heels of the toxins in your body. This tea works quick to flush toxins from your body and is a great aid in weight loss. Continually drinking hibiscus can help increase your metabolism so you can reap the benefits for years to come! With all of these great benefits for your physical health, it’s almost hard to believe the wonders hibiscus can do for your mental health. Studies have indicated that hibiscus is a natural antidepressant. There is, even more, to love about hibiscus tea as it is admired worldwide. In some countries such as Panama, hibiscus is a key ingredient in a classic holiday drink. Also, Egyptians drink hibiscus tea at weddings. With such a rich history, its meaningful cultural significance and wide range of health benefits, this drink will have you feeling tea-riffic.
** note pregnant women should never drink any hibiscus products as it can induce early labour and may stimulate blood flow in the uterus.
How to make Hibiscus tea
To make this tea hot, add 2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea for 12 oz. (350 ml) of water. Let it steep for 4-8 minutes at 100 degrees C (212 F). Once the tea is steeped, remove the infuser and enjoy!
This tea makes a superb iced tea! To enjoy it iced, add three teaspoons of loose leaf tea for every 12 oz. (350 ml) of water. Let it steep for 4-8 minutes using 100 degrees C (212 F) water. We like steeping this tea longer for full flavour extraction. Once steeping has completed, pour it over ice and enjoy.
Steep this tea longer for a more full flavour. Try out the traditional Panama holiday drink by mixing your hibiscus tea with ginger, cinnamon, clove, sugar, and nutmeg.
The GROSCHE Safe Water Project
GROSCHE is a social enterprise and certified B Corp on a mission to make the world a better place. For every 100 g of this tea sold, we provide 50+ days of safe drinking water to people in need. Our Safe Water Project has provided safe water to places including the Philippians, South Sudan, and South India to name a few.