Drinking tea should be a fulfilling experience and there is nothing more gratifying than a gorgeous crimson brew with a vibrant flavor, which Hibiscus tea promises.
Hibiscus plants are also known as rose mallow, hardy hibiscus, and rose of sharon.Small trees feature colorful flowers of hues like white, pink, orange, peach, yellow or purple and the most popular- red.
These blossoms can make a decorative addition to a home or garden, but they also have medicinal uses. The flowers and leaves can be made into teas and liquid extracts like hair and skin oils which have various uses.
Hibiscus tea is an herbal tea made from two chief variants of the hibiscus plant known by the botanical name Hibiscus sabdariffa and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. The petals and sepals—the green bulb found in the center of the petals—are infused in hot water to craft a ruby red tea. The hibiscus plant is native to the Caribbean.
Other common names for hibiscus tea include sour tea, red sorrel, agua de Jamaica, roselle, and karkadé. The flowers are often used in flavored teas to add new taste notes. The primary teas used are green and black teas.
Hibiscus tea is often compared to cranberries due to its piquant yet sweet flavor which give out fruity, sweet, sour, and astringent notes. The tea is generally brewed hot, but also tastes splendid when served as an iced tea.
Hibiscus tea comes with several health benefits:
- Antioxidant properties:
Antioxidants present in the tea help relieve stress and boost overall health. Thus, reducing possibilities of cancer, eye-diseases and unwanted aging.
- Vitamin content:
Hibiscus tea contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals that ensure like large levels of vitamin C, which can help fend off the common cold and flu.
- Helps lower blood pressure:
Recent studies also showed that hibiscus extract may help lower high cholesterol. Hibiscus tea has antioxidants that boats anti-inflammatory properties, preventing the buildup of blood cells that lead to blood clots and high blood pressure.
- Helps preventing weight gain:
Hibiscus tea can serve as a catalyst for weight loss by limiting hunger. Besides, it is also a sweet and healthier alternative to sugary drinksand hence keeps all weight gaining stress at bay.
The tea has long been a staple of Indian Ayurvedic medicine, thanks to itsmedicinal properties. In Iran, drinking this tea is still a common treatment for high blood pressure. Egyptians used hibiscus tea to lower body temperature, treat heart and nerve diseases.
Normally free of caffeine, hibiscus tea is a flavorsome drink that can be consumed in the morning, early afternoon and night without agonizing over adjusting one’s sleep or energy patterns. A few teas fit right in at extravagant breakfast or brunch and hibiscus is definitely one of them. With a stunning dark red hue, this tea is an eye-catching component at any occasion or evening tea with near and dear ones.
Karma Kettle brings to you a range of teas to give you an essence of Hibiscus flowers:
- Tahiti–Refreshing fruity infusion, bursting with flavour and antioxidants
- Moringa Tea – Organic Green Tea with a fusion of Guava leaf, Moringa leaf, Moringa flower, Senna powder, Hibiscus flakes, Stevia leaf, Licorice powder, Vetiver Rootpowder, Fire flame bush flower.
- Istanbul – Green tea infused with apple, hibiscus and a hint of berries and rose