Hibiscus flower has many health benefits. It is used in Ayurveda to support the loss of appetite, colds, heart and nerve diseases, upper respiratory tract pain and swelling (inflammation), fluid retention, stomach irritation, and disorders of circulation; for dissolving phlegm; as a gentle laxative; and as a diuretic to increase urine output.
Living in Mexico, I find hibiscus tea served almost everywhere. In homes, in restaurants, on the street. You can find it almost anywhere. Hibiscus tea is a ubiquitous drink in Mexico, people in very hot climates often lose their appetite in the extreme heat. We have come up with an excellent twist to the traditional hibiscus drink. Our Ayurvedic hibiscus tea is naturally cooling and restoring our appetite during the heat. It also promotes urination when treating heat exhaustion and the fluid retention that can come with it. I think another reason hibiscus is so widespread in Mexico is that are chemicals in hibiscus that work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms.
Dried hibiscus flowers can be found almost anywhere these days so no matter where you are you can enjoy this drink throughout the spring and summer.
2 quarts water
3 tbsp Dried Hibiscus Flowers (Jamaica in Spanish)
2 tsp Dried Tulsi Leaf
1 tsp Licorice Root
3 large slices Fresh Ginger Root
1/4 inch Cinnamon stick
1 tsp Cardamon seed
1 tsp Golden Raisins
1-2 tsp Coconut Sugar or Raw Honey
Place Licorice, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Raisens in 2 cups of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add all the other ingredients except the honey, and simmer for 30 minutes. Pour liquid out through a strainer into a 2-quart vessel. Now add the rest of the water. Drink at room temperature, or slightly cooled.
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