Flor the Jamaica or the hibiscus flower is often used to make herbal tea made as an infusion from crimson or deep magenta-coloured calyces of the Roselle flower. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavour and is as good cold as hot!
I first got introduced to this beautiful drink by an architect with the name Manuel (very exentric) in Costa Rica when I lived there. He and his partner swore by this pink, cooling drink and would keep on serving it during the whole dinner. He boiled up some water on the stove and added the flowers with some agave syrup and lemon and then he would let it simmer for about twenty minutes. There would always be a container of the tea that had already cooled of, and he would keep on offering it to us. When we got home later that night we realized that this drink, Flor de Jamaica as he called it had some laxative effects. So keep that in mind. It is a really good drink for that reason, it detoxes and cleanse the body and that include the colon.
- Research shows that the tea benefits the digestion system. It stimulates bowel movements as well as urination helping you fight the constipation. By regularly consuming the tea you will be able to prevent such diseases as the colorectal cancer and stimulate your gastrointestinal system.
- Hibiscuses have flavonoids that help balancing the nervous system. Regular tea consumption makes your body and mind more relaxed.
- It restores hormonal balance during the menstruation. Flor de Jamaica can help you reduce cramps, mood swings and fight overeating during the period.
- Since hibiscus is rich in vitamin C the tea helps strengthen the immune system. It also has disinfecting, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
- Due to the protocatechuic acid hibiscus has an anti-tumour and antioxidant effect. One of the major benefits of the hibiscus tea is that it triggers the destruction of the cancerous cells by inducing the apoptosis.
- Antioxidants block the free radicals in the body tissue this way hibiscus beverages help rejuvenate all the organs as well as clean the liver from the toxins.
- This herbal tea also benefits your skin greatly. Due to the antioxidants that rejuvenate the whole body!
Scientific journal Phytomedicine 2010
Just boil up a pot of water and then add about a handful of flowers, let it simmer for about twenty minutes and before your turn the stove of you add what you like. During winter, I often go for some agave, lemon and ginger while during summer I might just stick to the lemon and drink it cold with some added sparkling water and raspberries
Hibiscus infusion is not recommended for pregnant women due to its emmenagogue properties!
I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do, everyone should include this beautiful drink in their diet.
Lots of Love