Healing Flowers You Can Drink

Hibiscus

I spent Thanksgiving week at the most amazing functional medicine hospital/spa in the world called Sanoviv.  Every time I go there I learn something new.   Today I wanted to share how I learned to make hibiscus tea.

Sanoviv is located in Baja California and the property is full of hibiscus bushes.  Who knew these beautiful flowers could be boiled to make a delicious and nutritious tea?

The health benefits of hibiscus tea include relief from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It helps to heal the liver and reduces the risk of cancer.   It has also been used in the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.  Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.  

With all those healing benefits packed into one exotic flower it proves once again that Mother Nature doesn’t sacrifice beauty for utility. (Tweet It!)

Hibiscus tea is ruby red in color and has a sour taste similar to cranberry – so I like to add a tiny bit of stevia for sweetness.

Here’s how I make it:

1 – 2 flowers per cup of water (if the flowers are small, use 2)

Boil flowers in water for 30 minutes

Strain and cool

Add stevia to taste

Serve in a glass befitting the beauty of the flower it came from

 

After you’ve had a sip, please leave me a comment below about your experience!

Cheers,
Deb

1 Comment on Healing Flowers You Can Drink

  1. Kari
    December 2, 2015 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve been drinking hibiscus mint tea for years after discovering it at a local restaurant. Delicious it is. I didn’t realize the health benefits.

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