February 12, 2013
Hibiscus tea is rich in antioxidants. It helps in combating free radicals in the body. It can also be helpful in preventing premature aging. Aside from this, these antioxidants can also reduce the possibility of cancer, cataracts and many more, enhance new cell growth and boost the immune system. The latter is the primary reason why hibiscus tea is useful in the treatment of flu, colds and fever.
Individuals taking hibiscus tea are less prone to conditions such as liver disorders, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in order to reduce the risk of heart disease. With its antibacterial property, this herbal tea can be useful in fighting against common ailments such as indigestion, whooping cough, upset stomach, flatulence and bloating. Those suffering from constipation can also benefit from the use of this tea.
Hibiscus tea is known as a natural antispasmodic. Hence, ailments such as menstrual cramps, muscle cramps and spasms as well as stomach cramps can be relieved by drinking tea. Moreover, this tea facilitates weight loss. The enzyme amylase is able to breakdown the starches and other complex sugars in the body. Once the production of this enzyme is inhibited, it will result to treatment of obesity and overweight. Thus, take a sip of the tea after eating. This can help cut down the absorption of carbohydrates. Consequently, this can help you in losing weight.
In preparing the hibiscus tea, bring two to three cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Then turn off the heat. After that, drop about four fresh hibiscus flowers in the water. If in case you managed to get dried flower petals, you can add two tablespoons of them into the water. Now, 1-2 cinnamon sticks can be added to the mixture. Cover the saucepan and wait for approximately 15-20 minutes. Make sure not to let the steeping process go beyond twenty minutes. This can make the tea bitter. If you like stronger tea, you can add a few more flowers. Then it’s time to strain the tea from the saucepan into the drinking pitcher. You can enhance the flavor of the tea by adding honey and some fresh lemon juice.
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