If you are suffering from high blood pressure, some might tell you to relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy a soothing beverage (and of course, most importantly, see your doctor!).
Some studies suggest that drinking hibiscus tea, in particular, might help in lowering blood pressure beyond what relaxing with a normal cup tea would do. Hibiscus also has a tart, pleasant taste that is refreshing and enjoyable to drink… But it also boasts a bright red color that can stain – so you’ll want to be extra careful when preparing if you get the go-ahead to do so from a healthcare professional.
Important Note: Know that high blood pressure is a serious medical condition and that this tea is not meant to replace or substitute medications. It might be useful as an addition to your life, but you should drink it only after consulting with your doctor and getting the go-ahead. Do NOT drink hibiscus tea if you are taking prescriptions. The drug and the tea may interact with each other, so it is best to ask for professional help.
Below we’ve provided a recipe that we’ve used in the past… But you must do thorough research before attempting to use it or make it for yourself. We are not providing this recipe in an effort to give medical advice, as we are not qualified to do so. While we enjoy opening people up to the world of herbs, and we do our best to provide valuable insight, our instructions and information may be subject to error.
Hibiscus Tea Recipe
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 We 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.