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Health Benefits of Drinking Hibiscus Tea

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Hibiscus Tea: Health Benefits of Drinking Hibiscus Tea

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Hibiscus tea, is a herbal tea obtained from fresh flowers or the dried calyxes of the flower of the hibiscus plant. The Hibiscus sabdariffa variety is normally preferred due to its nutrient content. The sepals of this flower have a deep magenta color that is also characteristic of hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea has several names depending on the region. For instance:

  • In Australia - Rosella
  • In Latin America - Flor de Jamaica
  • In Iran - Chai torsh
  • In Egypt - Karkadé
  • In Iraq - Chai Kujarat
  • In Mexico - Agua de Jamaica

This article looks into the numerous health benefits of hibiscus tea. Also included, you will find a video of how to prepare hibiscus tea recipes. Read on to find out more.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

As mentioned earlier, Hibiscus tea has numerous health benefits that you definitely have to exploit. It is known for some of its medicinal properties. For instance, in India, hibiscus tea is used as an ayurvedic medicine. This is an old and traditional type of medicine that was and still is being practiced in India. Below, I have listed some of the health benefits that may be obtained from drinking hibiscus tea.

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1. Hibiscus Tea is Good For The Heart

The various antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are known to prevent heart disease. These antioxidants prevent heart disease by lowering the levels of cholesterol and triglyceride. An excess of either or both of these two could lead to heart disease due to blockage of coronary arteries caused by the accumulation of excess fats.

In addition, the antioxidants in hibiscus tea help to expel a number of toxins thereby preventing chances of heart disease further.

Patient has his blood pressure monitored
Patient has his blood pressure monitored

2. Hibiscus Tea Can Prevent High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is the main cause of high blood pressure. Hibiscus tea contain flavonoid antioxidants which are believed to reduce hypertension. The reduction of high blood pressure plays a major role in the prevention of various conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

CAUTION: Hibiscus tea might be good for people with high blood pressure but the reverse is not true. The effects might be detrimental for those with low blood pressure. Avoid it if you have low blood pressure or if you are taking medication for high or low blood pressure.

Cancerous Cells
Cancerous Cells

3. Hibiscus Tea can Help Prevent Cancer

A high concentration of free radicals and oxidants in the body may result in the development of cancer. Hibiscus tea can help prevent this since it contains various antioxidants which help in reducing the number of free radicals in the body.This can prove essential not only in the prevention but also in the cure of cancer.

CAUTION: Hibiscus tea does not go well with cancer medication. Avoid it if you are on medication.

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4. Hibiscus Tea Can Help Induce Weight Loss

Hibiscus tea contains phaseolamin which happens to be an inhibitor of the enzyme amylase. The enzyme amylase is responsible for conversion of carbohydrates into simple sugars which can be absorbed into the body.

By inhibiting this enzyme, the absorption of carbohydrates into the body is reduced. This in turn triggers weight loss. No need to sweat it out in order to lose weight.

5. Hibiscus Tea Is A mild Diuretic

Diuretics are substances which increase the rate at which a person urinates. An increase in the rate of urination is essential in detoxifying the body of various toxins which are responsible for various conditions. Diuretics can help in the treatment of various conditions such as:

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • heart failure
  • kidney diseases
  • hypertension

Hibiscus tea is a mild diuretic which can be used for this purpose.

Nutrient content for every 100g serving of hibiscus tea

0.00 mcg
Saturated fatty acids
0.267 g
0.00 mg
Lutein + zeaxanthin
0.00 mcg
Docosapentaenoic n-3 acid
0.000 g
Hexanoic acid
0.000 g
Copper, Cu
0.073 mg
0.00 mcg
Eicosenoic acid
0.000 g
Selenium, Se
0.0 mcg
Butanoic acid
0.000 g
1.279 mg
Octadecatrienoic acid
0.018 g
Octadecatetraenoic acid
0.000 g
Octadecenoic acid
0.037 g
Eicosatetraenoic acid
0.000 g
89.63 g
Hexadecanoic acid
0.204 g
0.000 mg
0.099 mg
Carotene, alpha
0.00 mcg
Vitamin E,
0.00 mg
Vitamin A
15.00 mcg
Carotene, beta
178.00 mcg
Vitamin D
0.00 IU
Calcium, Ca
1.00 mg
0.4 mg
Monounsaturated fatty acids, 0.083 g
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
0.0 mcg
Eicosapentaenoic n-3 acid
0.000 g
Docosenoic acid
0.000 g
Zinc, Zn
0.12 mg
0.43 g
Dodecanoic acid
0.008 g
7.41 g
0.65 g
1.49 g
Tetradecanoic acid
0.039 g
37.00 kcal
Decanoic acid
0.000 g
Iron, Fe
8.64 mg
Magnesium, Mg,
1.00 mg
P, 3.00 mg
Potassium, K
9.00 mg
Sodium, Na
3.00 mg
0.00 mg
0.00 mg
Octadecanoic acid
0.016 g
6.00 g
Cryptoxanthin, beta
0.00 mcg
Alcohol, ethyl
0.0 g
Folate, DFE
1.00 mcg
Folate, food
1.00 mcg
Octanoic acid
0.000 g
Vitamin C
18.4 mg
Octadecadienoic acid
0.018 g
Vitamin B6
0.000 mg
1.00 mcg
Hexadecenoic acid
0.046 g
Docosahexaenoic n-3 acid
0.000 g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids
0.037 g
Folic acid
0.00 mcg
Vitamin B12
0.00 mcg
Vitamin K
0.0 mcg
0.3 g
Exported from http://www.nutritionvalue.org

Freshly Picked Hibiscus Flower Sepals

Source: John Abuga

Dried Hibiscus Flower Petals

A Sample of Dried Hibiscus Flower Petals
A Sample of Dried Hibiscus Flower Petals
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How is Hibiscus Tea Prepared?

Hibiscus tea can be served as a hot or cold beverage.

To prepare your own homemade hibiscus tea:

  1. Pick fresh hibiscus flowers just before they are about to bloom. At this stage they are are high in nutrient content.
  2. Pluck the sepals and place them on a paper and allow some few days to dry.
  3. When dry, place about a cupful of the dried hibiscus flower sepals about 8 cups of hot water and let the leaves soak until the color of the leaves fade.
  4. Sieve and collect the tea. Add about a cup of granulated sugar to the juice and stir.
  5. The tea may be served hot by warming or cold by adding ice cubes or cooling it in a refrigerator.
  6. To add flavor and a twist to the taste, add lemon wedges to the tea. This will turn the colour of the tea to a pleasant and appetizing pink coloiur,



Hibiscus is a large genus of flowering plants, growing primarily in tropical and subtropical regions, whose flowers are used for a wide range of medicinal purposes and edible products ranging from making jams and jellies to lowering blood pressure, aiding in weight loss, reducing cholesterol and, in some cases, treating cancer. Flowers from the Hibiscus sabdariffa are generally consumed by brewing a medicinal tea or eaten in salads. Like many herbal preparations, however, healing properties and potentially hazardous side effects are associated with the consumption of the plant. Certain precautions should be taken.

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Effects on Estrogen

Consuming hibiscus tea lowers estrogen levels, and those using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or taking birth control pills should avoid drinking the tea, according to research done by Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India, and published in "eCAM," an alternative medicine journal.

Pregnancy and Fertility

Research on estrogen, pregnancy and fertility performed at the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology in India indicate the estrogenic qualities of the tea may interfere with healthy reproductive activity and affect childbearing and female fertility. Side effects from consuming hibiscus tea on fetuses are unclear.

Blood Pressure

Hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure, and has diuretic properties and mild effects on dilation of blood vessels, according to Maureen Williams, ND, of the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, Washington. People with low blood pressure or those with hypertension who take blood-pressure-lowering medicines should avoid drinking the tea due to possible contradictory interactions between the tea and medications.


There are some early indications that hibiscus has an effect on cancerous cells in the brain and skin, based on research on medicinal plants from the Americas for the treatment of cancer and AIDS performed at the New York Botanical Garden, in coordination with the National Cancer Institute. Although this is good news, those taking anticancer drugs or who are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy should avoid the tea due to possible interactions between it and their medications.

Hallucinatory Effects

Some people have experienced hallucinogenic effects from drinking hibiscus tea or a sensation of feeling intoxicated. Take care when driving or using machinery if you are unfamiliar with the side effects of this tea.


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