- Blood Pressure: One study found that consuming hibiscus sadariffa (HS) tea was just as effective at lowering blood pressure as a common blood pressure medication known as Captropril, but less effective than Lisinopril.(2)
- Cholesterol: A 2009 study looked at HS tea’s ability to support cholesterol maintenance.(3) Participants were given either HS tea or black tea for one month. After the month, researchers saw that participants who drank HS tea were able to help maintain total, LDL, and HDL cholesterol levels. Black tea on the other hand only impacted HDL levels.
- For blood pressure maintenance: One cup of hibiscus tea 2x daily
- For cholesterol maintenance: One cup of hibiscus tea 2x daily
Lemon Hibiscus TeaIngredients:
- 1 tsp. dried organic hibiscus flowers
- 1 slice or 1/2 tbsp. organic fresh lemon juice
- Using a single serve tea steeper or tea bag, place hibiscus flowers in the steeper
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice into your cup
- Add hot water
- Let steep for 5 minutes (or longer for strength)
Hibiscus Mint Ice TeaIngredients:
- 1 tbsp. dried organic hibiscus flowers
- Handful of ice
- 4 cups of cold water
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- Optional: 1/4 cup simple syrup to sweeten
- Place hibiscus flowers in a tea bag
- Add tea bag, mint leaves and water to a pitcher
- Stir briefly to combine and then place in the fridge overnight to steep
- When the tea is finished steeping (when the flavor and color is to your liking) add your ice and serve!
- If you’ve decided to sweeten, use simple syrup as regular honey and sugar won’t dissolve well in the cold tea. To make simple syrup heat equal parts sugar (I use coconut sugar) and water in a pan. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and then add to your ice tea.
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