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Rosebud Hibiscus Tea tastes awesome, but as with all herbal teas, there’s more: it treats depression, constipation, anxiety, insomnia, diabetes; it provides immune boosting AND a record-high dose of antioxidants. Will it help you feel better? Better is a relative word. I have definitely felt BETTER on coffee. It’s a drug-high-happy. These flowers aren’t going to do that for you; but neither are they going to drain your adrenals. They are known to provide a gentle but noticeable lift in your mood and an overall feeling of well-being.
Experienced a bad night’s sleep, constipation, depression? The temptation is to reach for black coffee to make you feel better, or maybe caffeinated tea. If you are dealing with any gut related health issues, drinking caffeine will simply drain your adrenals; and coffee will wreak havoc on your gut lining.
What you need is a hot, power-drink designed to alleviate your symptoms.
Life sometimes has sweet ironies. Instead of the intense punch coffee can offer, what about reaching for dried flowers?
It is hard to believe, until we have experienced transformation ourselves from the pure, whole foods in nature, just how powerful plants in their original (or dried), beautiful state can be.
While most of us think of herbal coffee as being dark and robust, made from herbal roots like chicory and dandelion, that herbal coffee only mimics the flavor of coffee beans, while providing different healing attributes. The flowers featured in this tea still give you a strong flavor and dark color, but their effects are awakening, providing the real outcome coffee drinkers often seek.
It’s not just something that hippies used to experience!
Let’s look closely at hibiscus and rose buds.
Hibiscus petals are astringent, citrusy, and fruity, to taste. Rose buds offer perfumes of Persia and pistachios. Rose buds are restful. Hibiscus petals are vibrant and edgy. Together, they are visually stunning. To drink, they are calming and yet dramatic.
Nutritionally, hibiscus blossoms are at the very height of all foods for their antioxidant content! Theteatalk.com says of the antioxidants found in hibiscus,
They help to rid our bodies of free radicals (destructive molecules that can damage our cells and DNA) and protect us against chronic disease, such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
They are also valued for high levels of vitamin C, balancing blood pressure levels and for fighting inflammation. Many cultures help treat diabetes and insomnia with hibiscus. Tea from the flowers is broadly enjoyed internationally, and often medicinally.
Rose bud blossoms are also enjoyed globally and medicinally and rank high for their antioxidant levels. Rose petals help to heal and stimulate the digestive tract. They can improve symptoms of constipation, insomnia and depression. Emotionally, rose is known to be soothing. For women’s health, rose has a reputation for balancing hormones and hormone-related symptoms. And a very small amount of caffeine is found in rose petals which gently stimulates the central nervous system.
Find hibiscus flowers here.
Find rose petals here.
- 4 cups filtered water
- 2 T. rose buds or petals
- 1 T. hibiscus petals
- In a small saucepan combine the 3 ingredients.
- Bring the water to a simmer and turn off the heat, stirring briefly to saturate the buds.
- Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain it, as the hibiscus blossoms can be bitter if steeped too long.
- Sweeten and serve hot.
In warm weather, or as a thirst quencher, this also makes a great iced tea.