Hibiscus Tea is very popular in Thailand particularly, there it is more commonly found for ice tea than our typical black tea with lemon ice tea. It is used for wedding toasts in Egypt and is the national drink of Senegal, but its popularity hasn’t quiet caught on in the US and Canada. It is steeped with ginger in Jamaica and spices and rum are added for a traditional Christmas drink. In English speaking Carribean they make a drink called Sorrel Shandy which is the tea combined with beer and is also a traditional Christmas drink. Those aren’t the only examples of Hibiscus tea being combined with alcohol that I found, there are so many in fact that I could write a blog entry just about alcoholic mixtures and Hibiscus! It is even made into wine in Asia! Because of its tart cranberry like flavor it is a tea favorite for pairing with many types of liquors also including vodka and gin.
Because Hibiscus is so internationally popular it goes by many different names some examples are the South American agua de flor de Jamaica, the Egyptian karkady, the Australian rosella, or the Jamaican sorrel. It is theorized that one of the reasons it isn’t so popular in the US and Canada is because we call it Hibiscus and people associate that word with phlegm and other such gross things.
Hibiscus is said to have a power to reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points, Some other benefits it has are cholesterol reduction, aiding in digestive system ailments since it is a natural diuretic, is also a natural anti-inflammatory, immune system booster, reduces risk of cancer and helps cure liver disease. It is said to help raise your metabolism so can aid in weight loss, and helps the treatment of hypertension and anxiety.
There are some side effect warnings that go along with Hibiscus, such as it is advised that pregnant women do not drink it because of the emmenagogue effects which may stimulate menstruation or blood flow in the uterus or pelvic region, for the same reason people who are on hormone treatments or birth control pills should consult their doctor before drinking it. A strange side effect hibiscus can have is hallucinatory effects and feelings of intoxication, so it is a good idea to drink it for the first time when you don’t have to operate a vehicle or do anything dangerous anytime soon.
Hibiscus is commonly served both hot and cold, often sweetened with sugar and frequently mixed with spices and as previously mentioned alcohol. When over steeped it gets a very sour and bitter flavor so it is one I make special effort to not leave and forget about as I have a strong tendency to do particularly when I make tea at work.
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My name is Lily, I am the store supervisor at Tundra Transfer Ltd. I love my job because it gives me a great excuse to learn more about a topic I have a lot of personal interest in - tea. I have always enjoyed tea, growing up green tea was the only caffeinated beverage I was ever allowed to drink and from that start my interest has grown. Since my employment at Tundra Transfer I have made it part of my job to be a knowledgeable source of information on teas and started a line of Wellness teas- A fantastic line of natural herbal remedies for all kinds of ailments. A big function of this blog will be featuring different types of teas and the medicinal benefits you can get from them.
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