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15 benefits and 5 side effects of Sobolo/Hibiscus Tea and how to prepare Sobolo.

The tea revolution is taking over the world. You can prepare tea with almost every ingredient. The health benefits of natural tea are becoming common knowledge these days; the prices too have skyrocketed. But what if I told you that you could prepare tea from one of the easily available ingredients in your garden?

Well, if you are wondering what am talking about…it’s the humble hibiscus which can be grown in your kitchen garden. Now, let’s take a peek into how to use this medicinal herb and when and why not to use it.

Hibiscus- A Brief

Scientific Name- Hibiscus sabdariffa

Origin- Africa

Plant Type- Shrub

Other Name- Roselle

Many of us confuse this flower with the typical red flowered Hibiscus ascetosella which is just a decoration flower with no medicinal usage whatsoever. On the other hand, Hibiscus sabdariffa is full of health benefits as its flowers, fruit and especially calyx

used to make tea.

This particular tea is made from the dried and brightly colored calyces of Hibiscus sabdariffa. However, this particular ruby red drink is sour in taste, which can make your mouth twitch. Remember the tangy taste of the cranberry juice? Well, yes. They taste the same. It can be consumed according to your preference, i.e., hot or cold. And just like other herbal teas, hibiscus tea is low in calories and totally caffeine-free for those wanting to stay away from it. I’m not saying that caffeine is void of any benefits, it is indeed helpful for getting an instant supply of energy and is preferably the best for pulling off an all-nighter. But the side effects just cannot be ignored.

Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea

1. Prevents Hypertension

2. Lowers Cholesterol Levels

3. Brings Down Blood Sugar Levels

4. Keeps Your Liver Healthy

5. Treats Menstrual Cramps

6. Treats Depression

7. Aids Digestion

8. Body Coolant

9. Weight Management

10. Anti-Aging

11. Rich In Vitamin C

12. A Drink For All Seasons

13. Have Laxative Effects

14. Chemo-Preventive Effect

15. Is Vermifuge/Antibacterial

16. Other Benefits

Side-Effects Of Hibiscus Tee

1. Affects Estrogen

2. Pregnancy And Fertility

3. Lowers Blood Pressure

4. Cancer Complications

5. Hallucinatory Effects

Benefits Of Hibiscus Tea

1. Prevents Hypertension

2. Lowers Cholesterol Levels

3. Low blood pressure

4. Keeps your lever healthy

5. Threat menstrual cramps

6. Treats Depression

7. Aids Digestion

8. Body coolant

9. Weight Management

10. Anti-Ageing

11. Rich in Vitamin C

12. A Drink For All Seasons

13. Have Laxative Effects

14. Chemo-Preventive Effect

15. Is Vermifuge/Antibacterial

16. Other Benefits

Side Effects Of Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is no doubt a wonder drink. But it does have its share of negative consequences too.

1. Affects Estrogen

2. Pregnancy And Fertility

3. Low Blood pressure

4. Cancer Complications

5. Hallucinating effects

How To Prepare Hibiscus Tea

1. Hot Hibiscus Tea

Two teaspoons of dried hibiscus calyces

A cup of boiling water

Sweetener of your choice—honey or brown sugar (to taste)

Other flavors (cinnamon, mint)—if you want a strong and spicy tea

What To Do

The method is quite simple; it’s just like brewing any other herbal tea. Begin by pouring the boiling water into a teapot and put the dried hibiscus in it. Let them brew for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you want the tea to be. Add the flavors of your choice (again, if you want to) and strain the tea into your cup. Add the sweetener and serve hot.

2. Hibiscus Iced Tea

Here’s how to make the chilled hibiscus iced tea.

What You Need

1/2 cup dried hibiscus calyces

4 cups chilled water

Ice cubes 3-4

Sugar syrup (to taste)

What To Do

For this recipe, add hibiscus to a pitcher of chilled water and mix well. Seeing the low absorption power of cold water, refrigerate the mix for a good 12-14 hours. You will find that with time, water will take up the flavor and the color of hibiscus. Strain it out and transfer them to your cups or glasses. Finish by adding ice and the sweetener. Your hibiscus iced tea is ready!

You know the good and bad of hibiscus tea by now. Suggest this herbal tea to your friends and family. But don’t forget to caution them about its side effects too.

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