About a month or so ago, I shared a few Instagram stories about making hibiscus tea at home. Surprisingly, I got so many questions about it – why I was drinking it, what it’s good for, how to make it, and where to get the best leaves! I also mentioned briefly on a couple blog posts back that drinking hibiscus tea has helped my body digest foods. Intrigued to learn more? Grab a cuppa tea and read on 😉
For me, it all started last month when I was experiencing some major digestion issues. Despite eating and drinking clean, I was not feeling the hottest. Bloating and nausea are not fun to deal with on a daily basis! After my recent hernia scare, just about any type of discomfort sets off the anxiety in me because I’m deathly afraid of potentially having a health issue requiring surgery to resolve.
Not going to lie – I was getting pretty frustrated because I was doing so well staying on top of my workouts, drinking plenty of water, feeding my body whole foods, refraining from junk, and getting a healthy amount of sleep. I just could not figure out why my stomach was always so upset! My mom suffers from acid reflux and mentioned to me that hibiscus tea has helped her. Out of great desperation, I started looking into it. I was surprised to see how many health benefits that come with drinking hibiscus tea:
Thanks to its diuretic properties, hibiscus tea improves digestion by regularizing both urination and bowel movements. It also improves the health of your gastrointestinal system, reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
Relieves Menstrual Cramps
I have not been officially diagnosed for endometriosis, but around the time of month I am always convinced I have it because my period pains are SOOOOO bad. Seriously, no words can describe it. I can’t go a single month without Midol or Advil to curb the cramps. I’m excited to see if it gets better after months of drinking this miracle beverage. Hibiscus tea helps to keep hormones in balance, which then reduces the symptoms of PMS like cramping, mood swings, and depression.
Contains Anti-Cancer Properties
It’s unfortunate that cancer can be pretty indiscriminating. No matter how healthy and active you may be, cancer isn’t totally off the books. It’s a relief to learn that hibiscus tea contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid, which is known for its antioxidant and anti-tumor properties.
Beneficial for Weight Loss & Management
My parents have both shared that hibiscus tea has helped them lose weight. Hibiscus lowers the absorption of starch and glucose, aiding in weight loss. While I don’t need to lose weight, I do love my carbs haha!
Got high cholesterol? It’s time to consider drinking a cup of hibiscus tea a day. Hibiscus tea helps lower the level of bad cholesterol in our bodies. This, in turn, protects against heart diseases and blood vessel damage. It’s a diabetes-friendly tea, too!
The antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea protects the body from diseases by neutralizing free radicals in tissues & cells.
Manages Blood Pressure
Research suggests that hibiscus tea’s antioxidant properties can also reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points. Those with hypertension are at high risks of cardiovascular diseases. Drinking hibiscus tea everyday can reduce those risks significantly.
I am not usually a big beverage-outside-of-water person. Tart-flavored things are my weakness though! I’d say that the taste of hibiscus tea is similar to cranberry juice, minus all that sugar. I enjoy it like flavored water, and it does a good job keeping me hydrated and cooling me down efficiently after a workout. My joke is that I’m having my version of red wine (I don’t drink alcohol); hibiscus tea’s got a similar color haha!
Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin C, which is required for your body to keep the immune system strong. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties help fight nasty viruses like the cold and flu.
Can Be Enjoyed Hot or Cold
Versatility is big for me, regardless of what it is we’re talking about. I love that hibiscus tea can be enjoyed all year round, as a hot or iced tea. Around my time of month, I like to drink this tea hot, but otherwise, it tastes amazing cold! However you like to have it, it’s so easy to make at home.
I bought my Hibiscus tea leaves off of Amazon. There are so many varieties, but I chose the one by U.S. Wellness because it didn’t have the Prop 65 Warning. I’m not sure how that plays into tea exactly but naturally I always avoid anything that may be harmful to my body. This bag is HUGE! Initially, I was pretty sure it would last me a year but I’m going through it fairly quickly since David has been drinking it with me too. He’s also not a big tea person, so this says a LOT! It’s a fantastic tea, and substitute for plain water.
The first time I tried hibiscus tea, I made it the traditional way and drank it hot. After boiling filtered water, I filled my pug tea leaf strainer with hibiscus leaves, and steeped it for 5 minutes or so. After that though, I decided to make it in big batches to save time. Plus, it’s nice being able to just open the fridge, pour some into a cup to enjoy at any moment. We usually drink it as an iced tea. But, when I want to drink it warm or hot, I can easily microwave it.
To make a big batch, boil a whole pot of water, and then throw in a couple handfuls of hibiscus leaves. How much you put in will depend on how rich you want the tea to taste. I recommend experimenting with different amounts each time so you can master the craft to your liking 😉 Let the tea steep and cool down, then remove the leaves and pour into a pitcher. It’s that simple!
Have you tried hibiscus tea?