Have you had your cup of hibiscus tea today?

image by Jayson Delos Santos

Drinking hibiscus, roselle, sorrel, or whichever-name-you-prefer-to-call-it  tea has gained popularity in recent years for many reasons. Some studies have concluded that making a tea from the calyces (sepals) of the hibiscus flowers, and drinking it at least once a day can do everything from lowering high blood pressure to easing constipation. With its multitude of benefits, and bright-zippy cranberry/lemony flavor, no wonder it’s so popular.

Here’s a list of some other aliments that have made hibiscus tea so popular for a mild remedy:

  • Loss of appetite,
  • colds,
  • constipation,
  • irritated stomach,
  • fluid retention,
  • heart disease,
  • nerve disease
  • Warms and unblocks all the chakras
  • Helps one to feel passionate and excited about life
  • Promotes feelings of Inner Peace and that “All Is Well”
  • Helps to harness one’s creative abilities
  • Excellent for both women and men in regards to sexual issues of all sorts including helping to release trauma due to abuse Excellent for creative visualization and stimulating the imagination
  • Helps one to come into vibrational alignment with that which is desired
  • Positive direction of the life force so that one is not over or under active in daily life
  • Attracts more Beauty and Abundance into one’s life
  • Excellent for Prosperity and easing fears that one will not be supported or taken care of by Life and The Universe
  • Attracts much attention to both you personally and your life’s work in very positive ways
  • The flowers of the Hibiscus only last about a day which also indicates that their essences can help you move through things rapidly as well.
  • Hibiscus plants may appear to be dying off and yet suddenly they spring back to life again. This indicates that their essences can also help you “revive” situations or circumstances that have great value to you.

What other names is Hibiscus known by?

Ambashthaki, Bissap, Gongura, Groseille de Guinée, Guinea Sorrel, Hibisco, Hibiscus Calyx, Hibiscus sabdariffa, Jamaica Sorrel, Karkade, Karkadé, Oseille de Guinée, Oseille Rouge, Pulicha Keerai, Red Sorrel, Red Tea, Rosa de Jamaica, Roselle, Sour Tea, Sudanese Tea, Thé Rose d’Abyssinie, Thé Rouge, Zobo, Zobo Tea.


Click here to learn how to make this beautiful iced tea hibiscus beverage called fresca de jamaica.

Hibiscus tea is the infusion made from the calyces (sepals) of the Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, an herbal tea drink consumed both hot and cold by people around the world. It is also referred to as roselle (another common name for the hibiscus flower), flor de Jamaica in Latin America, karkadé in Egypt and Sudan, Chai Kujarat in Iraq, bissap or wonjo in West Africa, sorrel in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, red sorrel in the wider Caribbean, and other names in other regions. Hibiscus tea has a tart, cranberry-like flavor, and sugar is often added to sweeten the beverage. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine.
Hibiscus tea contains 15-30% organic acids, including citric acid, maleic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour. http://primatea.com/

pink sorrel iced tea ,or hibiscus iced tea

Here’s another lovely iced sorrel tea recipe:


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