Fruits and veggies aren’t the only way to get your daily dose of antioxidants. Hibiscus tea is also full of antioxidant phytochemicals like polyphenols and anthocyanin (the beautiful red color). These compounds can help lower inflammation in the body. It is made by steeping dried parts of the hibiscus plant. Drinking it regularly as apart of a balanced eating routine may reduce blood pressure, support your immune system, keep your liver healthy, relieve menstrual cramps, among many other health benefits. Before starting this tea, it’s important to get medical advice from your physician.

FH Contributor Anabelle Charles stopped by to share her love for hibiscus tea

“Growing up a Caribbean girl the beauty and the allure of the hibiscus flower was no secret. Its bright magenta color catches the eye of locals, tourist and honeybees alike. It wasn’t until I got older did, I understand the power the flower has and why it has come to be the national flower of my home, Haiti. The flower has many medicinal uses with its high Vitamin C content and its many minerals and antioxidants. However, in my home it was the perfect summer drink to calm the nerves, and to sip on to fight the heat. Served hot or cold it has a natural tangy sweet flavor extremely unique to the flower.”

How to make hibiscus tea

What you’ll need:

  • 8 dried or fresh hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 Tablespoons of honey or other sweetener
  • Juice from one whole lime

Directions:

1. To prepare fresh flowers, remove stem and rinse flowers thoroughly.
2. Add flowers and honey to boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and strain into heat resistant pitcher or kettle.
4. Stir in lime juice.
5. If serving chilled allow tea to cool for at least 2 hours.

*Instead of fresh flowers you can use dried flower or hibiscus tea bags which can be found at most health food stores and some supermarkets.