Known for its beautiful flower and health benefits, hibiscus has been traditionally used to decrease blood pressure and regulate cholesterol levels.
Studies have shown that three daily cups of hibiscus tea significantly lowered blood pressure in prehypertensive adults better than placebo, with a drop in the subjects’ systolic blood pressure by six points over the control group.
It is also used to support digestive issues as it can relax the intestine’s smooth muscle. With antibacterial properties, it may be used to treat bladder infections, promote weight loss, reduce the growth of bacteria and cancer cells, and heart and liver health support.
Often consumed as a tea, it’s made by steeping parts of the hibiscus plant in boiling water. It has a tart flavour similar to that of cranberries and can be enjoyed either hot or cold.
Sweet, sour, bitter, cooling
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, digestive, diuretic
Bladder infection, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, diarrhoea