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A note from @The_Smile_Enthuisiast, longevity coach and co-creator of our Medicinal Herbal Blends.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis or Hibiscus syriacus)
There are several hundred different species of hibiscus.
Hibiscus tea is made from deep red calyxes of the hibiscus flower that is rich in anthocyanins, fruit acids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and bioflavonoids. Hibiscus tea is excellent for boosting the immune system and fighting off infections. Traditionally, hibiscus tea was regarded by the Egyptian pharaohs to be royalty’s most important beverage as it was known to improve health and vitality. I really like the fact that hibiscus is also known as an anti-aging medical flower… it contains all the essential antioxidants to fight against the signs of aging. Some experts say that drinking hibiscus tea daily can make a woman look younger than what she really is!! (I think this one might be working for me ;)
The antioxidants found in hibiscus tea are often compared to those in red wine and have been noted for their positive effects on cardiac health as well. Medical Medium says that these antioxidants also contain powerful anti-cancer properties which have the ability to protect cells and keep them healthy and free from damage. I really enjoy the tart flavour which this flower provides—it especially helps to take the bitter-edge off of herbs such as cat’s claw bark! I’m a daily hibiscus consumer…hibiscus make its way into at least one of my herbal infusions everyday; if not 2 or 3 of them…It really is one of the most delicious medicinal flowering herbs which I consume—and the biggest bonus, is that hibiscus is incredibly supportive for the health of my liver! Hibiscus has been used for centuries to support liver function and aid in liver disorders such as fatty liver syndrome and jaundice.
So what other sort of symptoms or conditions would I use hibiscus for?
If I was dealing with any of the following, or I wanted to try and prevent any of the following, I would be bringing the hibiscus into my life without hesitation--low blood pressure, bladder infections, constipation, depression, sleep disorders, hypertension, mood swings, cardiac issues, elevated cholesterol, and triglycerides.