Hibiscus Iced Tea...delicious and healthy.
Hibiscus Tea can be made from fresh or dried Hibiscus petals and can be enjoyed over ice or hot. With summer approaching, this could be a delicious and healthy alternative to water or juices.
We are using fresh hibiscus flowers that we collet from our daily walks around the neighborhood.
Besides the delicious taste, Hibiscus tea has many benefits.
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces blood sugar levels
Keeps your liver healthy
Helps with menstrual cramps
Helps with depression
Aids digestion and helps with weight management
Rich in Vitamin C
Contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties
BE ADVISED: Hibiscus Tea can affect estrogen levels which means that it has an effect on both pregnancy and fertility. If you are trying to become pregnant or are pregnant, you should probably avoid hibiscus in your diet.
Easy Step by Step Instructions & Ingredients
20 Hibiscus Flowers
1 Gallon of water (boiling)
Fresh Basil, mint, ginger, lemon, lemon zest, lemongrass, honey etc to taste.
1. Prepping the Hibiscus Flowers:
If you are using fresh flowers, remove the calyx and the green part at the base of the flower to which the stem is attached. You can also remove the pistil which is the thin thread like tube in the middle of the flower which has pollens attached. You don't need to do this if you are using dried flowers.
2. Drop the Hibiscus leaves in one gallon of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes. At this point you can add any additional herbs or add ins such as lemon, fresh ginger, mint, basil, lemon grass, lemon zest, etc.
3. Strain the Tea.
4. Add any final touches to taste such as honey or extra lemon.
Serve over ice (or hot) and ENJOY!!!
Let us know your favorite version and send us pictures. :)