Wet Your Whistle

Rose of Jamaica Tea

“Agua de flor de Jamaica” or hibiscus tea—with its lovely tart flavor and deep red color—is a universal herbal beverage. In Egypt hibiscus tea was revered by the pharaohs and is used as a wedding drink to toast the bride and groom. This herb tea offers many health benefits, including reducing hypertension, aiding weight loss and supporting liver and bladder health.

Hibiscus tea boasts bioflavonoids, so it’s great for fighting winter colds. The tea is a mild diuretic, which helps expel toxins, and it may help inhibit infections. Whether you serve it hot or cold, enjoy the anti-oxidant properties of this universal herbal beverage with its wonderfully aromatic flavor. Make a batch of hibiscus tea by boiling the dried flowers for 5-10 minutes. If you like, add some ginger, lemon or fruit juice and sweetener (optional). Serve it up with ice for a thirst-quenching summer punch.

*Hibiscus tea is not recommended if you are pregnant or on hormone replacement therapy, as it may affect estrogen production.

Recommended: Davidson’s Pure Organic Hibiscus Tea and 20,000 Secrets of Tea: Benefit from Nature’s Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak


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