It’s said that ancient Egyptian pharaohs drank hibiscus tea to help maintain a normal body temperature and stay cool. In Iran, hibiscus tea is used to relieve occasional restlessness and sleep problems. Other traditional uses include support of heart health (including blood pressure) and respiratory health.
Blood Pressure: The health benefits of hibiscus tea include lowering blood pressure (anti-hypertensive property). Therefore, it is not recommended for people that already have low blood pressure, a condition called hypotension.
Health Risk: Before adding hibiscus tea to your diet, consult your doctor about any pre-existing health condition you may have. According to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health at the University of Pennsylvania, hibiscus tea may open and expand your blood vessels, which may increase your risk for heart disease. Drinking hibiscus tea daily may drop your systolic blood pressure by 7.2 points on average. Avoid drinking hibiscus tea if you are taking medication for hypertension and low blood pressure.
Pregnancy Risk: Research conducted at the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology in India on pregnancy and fertility showed that hibiscus tea has estrogenic qualities. Excess hibiscus interferes with female fertility and childbearing. It reduces the level of estrogen, especially in women. Hibiscus tea contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are associated with cancer and birth defects. Expectant mothers should avoid hibiscus tea.
Drug Interaction: Risk Hibiscus can interact with some medications. It has anticancer effects when taken with other anticancer agents and an additive effect when taken with antiviral agents. It decreases antimalarial efficacy of drugs such as chloroquine and quinine and alters some inflammatory agents processed by your body such as acetaminophen. If you are taking anti-inflammatory drugs, wait for at least two hours to consume hibiscus tea to avoid adverse side effects.
**All information collected through research on the internet.
- Ingredients: Whole Hibiscus Flower
- Brew: Best brewed as an iced tea. Check out our brewing page for more details. However, you can still drink it as a hot tea.
- Serve: On its own
- Flavour: Tart and tangy but fresh
- Properties: Clear skin, lower blood pressure – see the list in “Product Information”
- Storage: Cool dark pantry in an airtight container or tin
- Caffeine Free: Yes
- Organic: Yes
- Origin: Egypt