Hibiscus was believed to have been drunk by Egyptian pharaohs in a drink called Karkade. Traditionally, hibiscus tea is used during wedding celebrations in Egypt and Sudan. The flower name stands for beauty and grace, and has many health benefits when brewed and served as a tea.
Typically the flowers of the hibiscus are used in teas. The flowers are either red or yellow with a purple centre. The plant is common in India and in other tropical and warm regions of the world.
Hibiscus is high in electrolytes, which makes it great for replenishing the body after exercise. Electrolytes effect the muscles, amount of water in the body, and blood acid levels.
Hibiscus tea was found to lower blood pressure in a study at Tufts University. People were given three cups of hibiscus tea a day in the study.
The vitamin C levels in hibiscus make the tea an effective remedy against the flu, colds and coughs. Rose hips make a great addition to hibiscus tea because of their added vitamin C.
Hibiscus tea inhibits enzymes that break down complex sugars an starches, making it a safe alternative to weight loss. When amylase enzymes are blocked by hibiscus, it slows down the metabolism and absorption of carbohydrates that contribute to obesity.