Do you know that the hibiscus flower is not only revered for its beauty but for its healing powers as well? Some of its species have been used in traditional medicine, aside from providing beverage teas.
A study conducted by the Tufts University in Boston, revealed that drinking three cups of herbal tea containing hibiscus daily, can help lower blood pressure.
The researchers have confirmed that the deep red flowers of hisbicus, gently lower blood pressure, due to their diuretic properties (which helps the body get rid of excess water) and their anthocyanins, helps block angiotensin-converting enzyme or ACE, the compound which causes blood vessels to constrict.
Hibiscus Tea Recipe
4 cups water
4-5 Tablespoon fresh hibiscus flowers or 3 Tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tablespoon raw sugar
Juice of 1 orange
1. Boil water.
2. Then pour over cinnamon stick and hibiscus.
3. Steep for at least 20 minutes.
4. Strain out cinnamon stick and hibiscus.
5. Add orange and sugar.
6. Serve either as hot or iced.