In this blog we take a look at the vibrant world of Hibiscus teas. From the many health benefits of hibiscus teas, the origin, ancient uses, and also the risks involved - this is the ultimate guide to hibiscus teas.
Not just an exotic and vibrant tropical flower, Hibiscus is much more than that. Hibiscus flowers, the most common variety being Hibiscus Sabdariffa, originated in Southeast Asia and North Africa and this bounteous flower quickly made its way into the traditional medicinal systems of various communities across the world. One of the most popular ways that the world has taken to these aesthetic and bountiful flowers is by having a delicious sweet and sour cup of Hibiscus tea.
What Is Hibiscus Tea?
Hibiscus Tea, also popularly called ‘sour tea’ is made using a mixture of various dried parts of the flowers, the leaves of the plant, and also the pod-holding calyces of the flower. These pods hold the seeds of the hibiscus plant’s seeds and are an essential part of making herbal hibiscus tea. Hibiscus tea, with its combination of sweet and sour notes, makes for a great hot or iced tea, justifying its rising popularity across millennial health routines.
Ancient Uses of Hibiscus Tea
Several cultures talk about the use of hibiscus flowers as an essential ingredient of healing potions, elixirs, and as a part of their cuisine. This is for the reason that the flowers proved to be immensely effective in treating a bunch of health ailments. In ancient times, Egyptian cultures would use hibiscus tea to cure heart and nerve disorders. Africans have since centuries used Hibiscus pulp as a topical aid to heal wounds.
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
A herbal, vegan, and low-calorie herbal tea, Hibiscus tea has delicious sweet and tart flavors that make for a delicious cup of hot or iced tea. But there are several health benefits of hibiscus tea that make it a delicious addition to any health ritual that one might follow. Let’s take a look at the many health benefits of hibiscus tea.
Rich in Antioxidants
Studies have found that Hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants that help in neutralizing harmful radicals in the body and help reduce cell damage. Though there are more studies needed to decide the dosage of the hibiscus extract that can benefit humans more, the flower and leaves of the plant have shown powerful antioxidant properties.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
One of the best-known health benefits of hibiscus tea is that it helps in lowering the blood pressure in humans. Several clinical studies have shown that having hibiscus tea regularly helps in reducing systolic and diastolic pressure. Though, it is not advised for those who are already on the diuretic ‘Hydrochlorothiazide’ as there might be a risk of interaction.
Improves Heart Health
It has been proven that having hibiscus tea regularly can boost your cardiac health. Studies have proven that hibiscus tea helps in lowering the levels of the bad cholesterol (LDL) and also reduces the levels of harmful triglycerides. It has known to increase the level of good cholesterol.
Good for the Skin
The Vitamin C present in Hibiscus helps the body in making collagen naturally. This vitamin is essential for the synthesis of collagen since it also helps in the stabilizing and cross-linking of the collagen molecules. Apart from drinking hibiscus tea, you can also apply it to your skin for great results.
Aids Weight Loss
Hibiscus tea aids weight loss and reduced risk of obesity. Since hibiscus tea helps in lowering bad cholesterol, aids liver health which helps in breakdown of fat, and also helps in lowering blood sugar levels - it has been seen to add efficiently to weight loss efforts. Studies have shown that drinking hibiscus tea can help in boosting metabolism which helps in controlling body weight and also lower BMI.
Also, if you do not add any external sweeteners, hibiscus tea has zero calories; hence it can work as a great alternative to the sugary sodas or fruit juices.
Hibiscus Tea Side Effects
It is a well-known fact that one needs to read about and see the effects of what natural supplements suit them and what doesn’t. Although there are several health benefits of Hibiscus tea, it is not advised for a variety of people.
- If you are someone who suffers from low blood pressure, you are advised NOT to have hibiscus tea. Also for high blood pressure patients who are on the drug Hydrochlorothiazide, hibiscus tea is not recommended to them to prevent any instances of drug interaction.
- If you’re recovering from a surgery or are already consuming medication to regulate blood sugar, it is highly recommended NOT to consume hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus can also affect estrogen levels, meaning that it can affect the menstruation cycle as well. For those who have irregular periods or go through heavy cramping, Hibiscus tea can highly benefit them. However, it could be risky for others. We would advise asking your OB-GYN before you start consuming hibiscus tea.
Pregnant women are recommended NOT to consume hibiscus tea because it induces periods and can lead to a miscarriage. Also, avoid the same if you are breastfeeding or are on birth control pills.
Vahdam's Delectable Hibiscus Blends
Check out our delicious and brilliantly curated Hibiscus blends, our Hibiscus Rush Black Tea which brings you a mix of premium black tea, hibiscus petals, and a motley of tropical fruits.
If you wish to go for a herbal alternative, then we suggest that you give our delectable blend Hibiscus Rose Herbal Tea a chance and it will become an instant favorite. For those who are looking for a healthy iced tea blend, we have our Hibiscus Green Apple Iced Tea premixes that are blended with healthy green teas.
To sum it up, we can only say that Hibiscus tea is a great supplement for those who are not suffering from diseases connected to low blood pressure, low sugar levels, are not pregnant or prone to chronic diseases.
It is vital to read the benefits and risks equally before you start consuming any herb or flower.
It has overtime caught the attention of many scientists, there is still the need for a lot of studies to decide the correct dosage and the respective efficacy of the dosage.
Hope this guide helps you take a mindful step towards a life of holistic wellness!
Until next time,
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