One has often come across a Hibiscus flower, but very few have heard of Hibiscus Tea. It is a herbal tea that gets its unique crimson colour from the fresh or dry petals of the flower Hibiscus. It can be consumed in warm or cold depending on your mood.
Besides, hibiscus tea bags are extremely healthy for your body as it has only 37 calories every 100 grams of it. In the same quantity of this drink, there are about 0.7 grams of fat, 3 milligrams of sodium, 9 milligrams of potassium and 7 grams of carbohydrates. This interesting beverage helps one to improve their immune system. Besides, it also lowers your chances of having heart disease. Moreover, it also saves your cells from getting damaged. Being high in antioxidants, the consumption of this tea thrice a day helps to lower one’s blood pressure.
The ideal time to consume this tea would be before sleep after you are done with your dinner, as it will ensure that you have a wonderful sleep.
Now, let us tell you how to make Hibiscus Tea. We have also provided a few customizations for you.
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How to make Hibiscus Tea
This is a very easy tea to make. If you are making one cup of tea, you need 3 or 4 flowers. Then you have to remove the green part of the flowers along with the stamen of the flower. Now you need to wash it well in regular water. After that is done, boil your preferred quantity of water and turn the heat off after it starts bubbling. Pour the water into the bowl with the petals and let it soak for about 10 minutes. After being soaked, you’ll notice that the colour of the water has changed, and then you can remove the petals by using a strainer and pouring them into a cup or glass. Sweeten it with your choice of sweetener.
How to make Starbucks style Hibiscus Tea?
Whether one likes to have Starbucks tea drinks or not, one has to agree that they are delicious and beautiful at the same time. Wouldn’t your want your herbal tea to look that good and taste that amazing at the same time? Well, don’t worry, because we are here to help you make your perfectly aesthetic drink!
If you are making a Starbucks style Hibiscus tea for just one person, you need to boil 1 and a half cups of water and then pour it into a cup or bowl. Then dip one Hibiscus tea bag(it is usually available at grocery marts and also online) and let it steep for a total of 3 minutes. After the steeping is done, remove the teabag and put it in the freezer for a few hours.
For the syrup, boil water with Hibiscus leaves along with sugar. After it is boiled, turn the heat down and seethe it for the next 20 minutes. Don’t forget to stir it occasionally. After it gains a syrup-like consistency, remove the leaves with a strainer and transfer the syrup in a bowl. Add the syrup to the chilled tea. Put some raspberries, blueberries and ice cubes at the bottom of a tall clear glass and finish it off by pouring the tea on it. Put a straw in it to get more of a Starbucks feel and sip away!
How to make Hibiscus Tea Lemonade?
In order to beat the summer heat, one often prefers refreshing lemony drinks. What if you could make lemonade even more healthy for your body? Guess what! You can. Hibiscus Tea Lemonade is exactly that, the ideal blend of healthy but tasty.
Start making this tea lemonade by boiling 2 cups of water. Then remove it from the heat and add the dried Hibiscus leaves and steep it for 10-15 minutes. Once the steeping is done, you can add honey or your choice of sweetener or even no sweetener if you prefer your lemonade just sour. Now, add the juice of 3 lemons and then 4 more cups of water. Refrigerate this for a couple of hours before serving it with ice.
BENEFITS OF HIBISCUS TEA
At the beginning of this blog, we had mentioned some benefits of Hibiscus Tea but let us tell you some more so that it can be incorporated into your daily life.
Hibiscus contains anthocyanin, flavonoids and phenolic compounds that can control how much fat your body digests and eventually can reduce fat from your body. Anthocyanin also helps in preventing chronic diseases and provides antibacterial properties. Fortunately, this plant does not lower your appetite, so you can reduce weight without giving up your favourite foods.
It also has vitamin C, which aids in tissue growth, absorption of iron, wound healing, maintaining bones and collagen formation. It reduces bad cholesterol in our bodies.
Even after all this, Hibiscus can cause allergies in some people and are not safe for pregnant women, so in case you are interested in having Hibiscus Tea or other beverages made from it, do ask your doctor before doing so.
As we come to the conclusion of this blog, we hope to have cleared your doubts and curiosity. Hibiscus Tea is a lovely drink be it consumed hot or cold. It is also a very healthy choice for your daily consumption. One can have as much fun with it as they want and create various customized drinks. We hope you will try these recipes at home and let us know your favorite one in the comments!