Ayurvedically speaking, I am your classic Pitta. I have a super strong digestion and I retain heat rather well. I retain heat so well that it often gives me skin breakouts, migraine headaches, that time-of-the-month issues, among other little nasties. Over the past year, I’ve had consultations with two different Ayurvedic practitioners. Both of them recommended that I drink hibiscus tea, and lots of it, to control my over heating problem. I can honestly say that it is the one thing that I can feel cool me down from the inside out. With warm weather right around the corner, I’m slowly increasing my consumption of this colorful cooling tea.
Hibiscus tea is made from the flowers of the hibiscus plant- you know, those tropical Hawaiian-looking beauties! The flowers have been used medicinally in Asian countries for centuries, mainly as a remedy for kidney and reproductive disorders. The sweet petals have a cooling refrigerant affect on the body, dislodging heat and congestion. Hibiscus helps to purify and detoxify the blood and heart tissue. In a small trial funded by the Agricultural Research Service, it was shown that incorporating a small amount of hibiscus tea- 3 cups per day- can have blood pressure lowering effects. It has also been shown to improve skin complexion and hair growth.
Hibiscus flowers, having a very similar energy to Jasmine, Rose and Lotus, are used in sacred devotional ceremonies in India. Ganesh, the obstacle destroyer, loves when you offer him hibiscus- who wouldn’t?!
Here is a yummy recipe to give your cup of tea some pizazz on a hot Summer day:
Hibiscus Tea Fizz
Brew one cup of strong Hibiscus tea (use two tea bags) ( I use Traditional Medicinals)
Steep tea for 10 minutes
Pour tea over a container filled with ice
Add 6oz of plain tonic water
Add the juice of 1 small lime
Drink it up!