This cooling and moisturizing tea is perfect for summer, but really so delicious and healthful that it's great for year round, too.
This flower tea is a staple in many Latin America restaurants and homes, but is also native to the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and North Africa.Hibiscus is a treat for the eyes and so delicious and refreshing! As an herb, it’s:
- Moisturizing (demulcent and emollient) to the tissues of the body
- Yet also tart and astringent, which adds to its cooling effect
- A mild diuretic
- Good for high blood pressure (cardiotonic)
- Soothing to irritated, inflamed, stagnant areas in the body commonly found in the digestive and urinary tract
- Can be used topically to wash and soothe sores, wounds and eye infections
Hibiscus tea is great to drink hot or chilled on its own, but I add other herbs for an extra treat. Here I used:
- ½ cup loosely packed dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp dried orange peel
- Honey to taste (or you can add a pinch of stevia leaf while steeping or sugar)
- Squeeze of lime juice to taste
Add flowers, cinnamon stick, orange peel and a small pinch of stevia leaf (optional) to a 32 oz mason jar, fill with just boiled water, steep for 1 hour or longer (add honey or sugar while the tea is still warm), strain and refrigerate for a refreshing summer chilled tea!
You can also make a beautiful sun tea-- just add your flowers to a mason jar and cool water and let it steep outside in the sun all day. By the evening, you’ll have a vibrant red, solar infused sun tea!
Enjoy and reach out with any questions! ~Veronica