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Hibiscus Flower Tea

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus flower tea combines well with peppermint and honey. Its reported uses are as: a laxative, lowers blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibiotic, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low breast milk production, lowering levels of cholesterol in diabetics, infections, urinary tract infections, inflammation, fluid retention, irritation, nervous excitement, loss of appetite, colds.


If you’ve ever been lucky enough to travel to Africa, the Middle-East or the Grand Canary Islands in the Atlantic, you’ll be familiar with this almost perennial of flowers. Dried whole and then infused they add a delicious flavour to soothing summer drinks. Their fruity sourness complements peppermint and elderflower teas.


Hibiscus flour tea has a sour flavour that may hide properties that haven’t been properly studied. People have used hibiscus for to treat a range of conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and low production of breast milk. It has been found to help lower levels of cholesterol and other blood fats in people with metabolic disorders such as diabetes. There are indications that hibiscus is an anti-inflammatory. It has been used to treat, infections, including urinary tract infections and inflammation. Research has found that people with urinary catheters living in long-term care facilities who drink hibiscus tea have a 36% lower chance of having a urinary tract infection compared to those not drinking tea – but this could be because they are drinking more fluids without caffeine… Some find hibiscus flower tea useful for spasms, inflammation, fluid retention and irritation. It may help the treatment of nervous excitement, loss of appetite and colds.


Avoid taking hibiscus if you have low blood pressure (hypotension) or are taking acetaminophen, it may increase your body’s elimination of the drug. Care should be taken during pregnancy and cease taking two weeks before surgery. Otherwise, side effects of hibiscus are uncommon but might include temporary stomach upset or pain, gas, constipation, nausea, painful urination, headache, ringing in the ears, or shakiness.

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