This beautiful bright-red, cold-brewed, herbal infusion is sooooo refreshing on a hot summer day. Hibiscus tea contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. Hibiscus flowers also carry amazing cardiovascular benefits and can enhance the body’s ability to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Two cups a day for one month has been shown to have positive effects on HDL, LDL and total cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides and high blood pressure. Those with low blood pressure should take care with hibiscus as well as pregnant women.
Serves: 4 cups
- 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers (about 1/2 ounce or 15 grams) - I like Frontier herbs.
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 small slices orange peel
- 4 cups cold water
- Nut milk bag (I like the ones from Ellie’s Best found on Amazon).
- 1 quart mason jar with lid and band
- Large stainless steel or glass bowl
- Stainless steel wide-mouth funnel (optional)
- Place the hibiscus and cinnamon stick in the mason jar. Add cold filtered water.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours).
- Strain out the solids through a mesh bag into a bowl and serve over ice with orange garnish.
- Pour unused portion back into jar and store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Source: Gaia Herbs - http://www.gaiaherbs.com/articles/detail/42/The-Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Hibiscus