July 2019 Herb of the Month: Hibiscus!
This species of hibiscus is enjoyed as a tea. The organic hibiscus flowers that we carry are from Egypt. The flowers are naturally caffeine-free and combine well with herbs such as lemongrass, tulsi, spearmint, ginger and spices like cinnamon and turmeric.
Sometimes I add some vanilla bean or extract to cut the tartness. Hibiscus blends well with green, black and red (rooibos) teas as well. For further hydration, add hibiscus flower to coconut water.
Hibiscus is known to reduce blood pressure and contains flavonoids which are important for heart health and protecting the brain.
Make your own Hibiscus syrup
- 1C cane sugar to 2C water and ¾ C dried hibiscus flowers.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 10 min. or until the mixture is slightly thickened.
- Strain and compost solids (you can add lemon, ginger and or cinnamon if you like).