Roses are red, Hibiscus are too,
But can roses do all these super-flowers do?
Hibiscus Sudariffa infusions are made with the vibrant red roselle part of the flower and are drunk around the world as a tea or cold drink. It is so packed with taste it is used as a natural flavoring in the food industry, and thanks to the gorgeous red colour it is also used for the making of cocktails, cool-drinks, and sweets.
Hibiscus is much loved for its bright red colour and tart tangy taste and is traditionally complemented by other herbs and spices like mint, cinnamon and citrus. It is almost always sweetened. Karen comments: “Unless you are sweet enough of course! I must be sour enough because I like it sweetened.”
“LET YOUR FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE AND YOUR MEDICINE BE YOUR FOOD”
Sweet and sour tastes, together, are well known in Ayurvedic medicine to have a calming effect on people experiencing nervous system stress… so a cup of Hibiscus tea can be a medicine that Hippocrates would no doubt be nodding to us agreeably about, from the beyond.
Of course in these modern times a potent age-old remedy like this would receive scientific attention, and Hibiscus has conclusively been studied for its medicinal benefits. The effect it has on lowering high lipids and high blood-sugar levels have been journaled around the world.
WHY IS HIBISCUS CALLED A SUPER-FLOWER?
This delicious and medicinal herb has recently gained ‘Super-Flower Status’ in the health world, and for good reasons. In a nut shell (or in a Hibiscus roselle) here are just some of the reasons to consume Hibiscus tea both for pleasure AND its medical benefits.
Hibiscus tea is very useful for colds and flu and all ailments requiring a boost of the immune system. This is due to its high vitamin C content and certain flavonoids and antioxidants called anthocyanins. These are also what give Hibiscus its vibrant red colour.
It has been found to have such a good effect on high blood pressure that it is advised to be used with caution for those on conventional blood pressure medicine, for the danger of lowering blood pressure too much. A daily consumption of 3 servings of hibiscus tea, an amount readily incorporated into the diet, effectively lowered BP in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults.
It also is very useful for bladder infections and you will find it on chemist’s shelves as a highly effective over- the-counter natural medication. Like cranberry, Hibiscus Sabdariffa possesses bactericidal effects, and prevents bacteria that cause UTIs from adhering to the linings of the urinary tract and bladder wall.
OTHER HIBISCUS BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Relaxes high stress levels.
- Excellent for liver and kidney health.
- Maintains blood sugar levels, and thus helps to prevent diabetes.
- Cleanses the bladder and helps prevent and treat bladder infections.
- Lowers lipids in the blood, reducing blood pressure and preventing heart problems.
- Fortifies and strengthens the immune system with natural vitamin C, and its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
- Also used to treat herpes zoster, shingles and chicken pox (which all stem from the same virus)
The tart and tangy taste of Hibiscus is due to its high percentage of organic acids, including:
- Citric acid
- Hydroxycitric acid
- Hibiscus acid
- Malic acid
- Tartaric acid
- Oxalic acid
- Ascorbic acid
Of course at this point you are dying to taste it… and you’re in luck! We use Turmeric as the base for all our teas because of the unbelievably health-giving benefits of Curcumin – please go check out our other blog posts to see why – and our fruity, caffeine-free Hibiscus tea is blended with the other star ingredients Turmeric, Desiccated Coconut, Ceylon Cinnamon, Liquorice, Orange Peel, Star Anise, Clove, Black Pepper.
TAKA TURMERIC HIBISCUS AND CINNAMON TEA
With a fragrant sprinkle of dried hibiscus flowers, this tangy spiced tea can be served piping hot, or chilled with ice.
To make a Golden Hibiscus tea, simply soak a Taka tea bag in a cup of freshly boiled water. After a few minutes the brew is transformed – developing a deep, rose-gold colour. Add a little natural sweetener like honey, for a delightfully refreshing, hot fruity drink. As an added surprise, a burst of tingling spice quickly follows the mouth-watering fruity flavours.
Alternatively, use a few teabags to brew a pot of tea. Leave to cool, then chill in the fridge. Serve over ice to wow your friends with this tangy refresher on a hot afternoon!
Beside EVERYTHING we have already outlined, Taka Hibiscus and Cinnamon Tea-Bag benefits include:
- A convenient alternative to dried hibiscus flowers
- 15 individually sealed hibiscus, turmeric & coconut tea bags
- A spiced, tangy tea made with 100% organic ingredients
Click to visit our online tea shop for Taka Turmeric Hibiscus and Cinnamon Tea as well as our other delicious, 100% organic, ethically sourced, sugar-free, vegan teas and blends.
To your vibrant health!
The Taka Tea(m)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Are you on any prescription medications? Before adding something new to your diet for medicinal purposes, make sure to check with your Physician for possible counter-effects.