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Hibiscus, Powder (Hibiscus sabdariffa) – Dried Herb
$11.56 – $115.60
Hibiscus flowers are known for their beautiful and colourful flowers, but they are also used medicinally. They come in many colours. They can be red, yellow, white or peach-coloured, and can be as big as 6 inches wide. The most popular variety is Hibiscus sabdariffa. The red flowers of this variety are most commonly cultivated for medical purposes and used in teas and blends.
Known for its sour taste, Hibiscus tea, is made from a mixture of dried hibiscus flowers, leaves and dark red calyces (the cup-shaped centres of the flowers). After the flower finishes blooming, the petals fall off and the calyces turn into pods. These hold the plant’s seeds. Calyces are often the main ingredients in herbal drinks containing hibiscus. Much like the cranberry, Hibiscus tea can be used as a herbal drink hot or cold and is naturally calorie and caffeine free.
Hibiscus has been used by different cultures as a remedy for several conditions. Egyptians used Hibiscus tea to lower body temperature, treat heart and nerve diseases and as a diuretic to increase urine production.
How to use:
Use for a herbal hot tea or an agua fresco style refresher.
Add the dried hibiscus flowers to hot water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Let the mix cool and chill by refrigerating. Add a twist of lemon and some honey, agave or maple syrup to sweeten it up and your cold refreshing tea is ready. Or steep in hot water and enjoy a hot cup of goodness.
Cautions and contraindications:
Hibiscus leaves stains, so keep this in mind when you are preparing this tea.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your health care provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.