If you are suffering from a high level of blood pressure, maybe you should relax, take it slowly, and sip a cup of tea.
Some researches show that drinking 1 to 2 cups of hibiscus tea every day can help in lowering systolic blood pressure by seven points on average.
Now, seven points drop might not seem like much, but in the long run, this can lower the possibility of a stroke, heart attack, or other heart diseases.
Some other studies show that taking hibiscus tea regularly can help in lowering both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
Note: Know that high blood pressure is a serious medical condition and that this tea is not meant to completely replace or substitute health medications. It can be used as an addition to the regular every-day treatment, but only after consulting your doctor. Do NOT drink hibiscus tea if you are taking a regular prescription before talking to your doctor. The drug and the tea may interact with each other, so it is best to ask for professional help.
Hibiscus Tea for Lowering Blood Pressure
What You’ll Need
- 1 tablespoon of dried hibiscus flowers
- or 2 tablespoons of fresh hibiscus flowers
- 1 cup of boiling water
- honey to taste (optional)
- lime juice to taste (optional)
How to Make It
- If you are using fresh flowers, remove everything except for the petals
- Bring the water to a boil
- Add hibiscus flowers, fresh or dried, to the boiling water
- Cover the pot
- Let the mixture steep for 10 to 15 minutes
- Strain the tea
- Add honey and lime juice if you like
Additional tip: You can add lemongrass or lemon zest in the mixture as well, cool it down in a fridge, and serve the beverage as a refresher on hot summer days.