We have just acquired some lovely dried hibiscus flowers to add to our dried rosehip which is already in our range. Christine has blended the two together to make a delicious, thirst quenching herbal drink.
What are the benefits of these beautiful red fruit (rosehip) and flower (hibiscus)?
According to Livestrong.com, hibiscus lowers Blood Pressure: Hibiscus tea is known to be effective at lowering blood pressure. A study published in the January 2009 issue of the “Journal of Human Hypertension” shows that when patients consumed hibiscus tea for 30 days, they showed a measurable difference in their blood pressure readings. The UMMC recommends drinking 1 cup of tea two times per day to treat hypertension.
Lowers Cholesterol: Hibiscus tea also offers the benefit of lowering cholesterol. An article in the August 2009 issue of the “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine” told how researchers instructed half of their subjects to consume hibiscus tea twice a day for a month. The other subjects were to drink 1 cup of black tea twice a day for a month. The results showed that those who drank the hibiscus tea had a significant reduction in their cholesterol numbers, including total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL (bad) cholesterol. There was also a significant increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.
Prevents Stomach Cancer: Another benefit of hibiscus tea is that it contains antioxidants, which can help prevent many diseases, one of which is cancer. A study reported in the January 2007 issue of “Chemico-biological Interactions” found that an extract of hibiscus is deadly to cancer cells. When tested against stomach cancer cells, hibiscus proved to be toxic to the cells. Researchers propose that consuming hibiscus could aid in the prevention of stomach cancer.
Vitamin C:According to herbalist David Hoffmann in his book “The New Holistic Herbal,” rose hips are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which will help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system. Vitamin C is an antioxidant as it scavenges free radicals that are harmful to all cells in the body.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin C is responsible for collagen production in the body, which is an important element in the structure of bones and muscles.
Iron produces red blood cells, which oxygenate the body and is lost many times during menstruation. Vitamin C is responsible for the proper absorption of iron, making it a helpful ally for overall health.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms: A study performed by the Institute for Social Medicine in Berlin concluded that the use of rose hip powder can reduce symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis. The results were published in the International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology on February 1, 2010.
The following You tube clip illustrates how to make an iced tea with a specific brand of hibiscus, rosehip and cranberry mix. But, it is a lovely, simple recipe and can be used with our Rosehip and Hibiscus blend. Enjoy and please let us know how you like it.