Getting To Know Hibiscus Tea Benefits

A cup of hibiscus tea with some hibiscus flowers and a stethoscope.

Hibiscus tea, or roselle tea as it’s commonly known, is rapidly gaining popularity as word spreads of its curative properties and delicious flavour. So why all the fuss? Here’s the full lowdown, including why hibiscus is rapidly gaining kudos in the herbal tea world.

What’s in a name? Hibiscus or Roselle?

Starting with the name, what you call it depends on which part of the world you’re from; hibiscus and Roselle are pretty much interchangeable, but in Australia, Jamaica and Latin America, the Hibiscus Sabdraffa flower is known as Roselle or Rosella. In Egypt, Sudan, Italy and Russia, the Tea is known as Karkadé, whereas in Iraq, it’s Chai Gujarat, and in the Philippines and Iran, it’s Chai Torsh.

It may have many different names, but one thing is sure – it’s drunk widely throughout the world as it’s both delicious and healthy.

So, we hear you ask if the Hibiscus/Roselle are interchangeable, why did The Natural Health Market decide to call it Roselle Tea? Well, it’s simply because we source our hibiscus tea from Chang Mai in the North of Thailand, where it is known as Roselle. So, from here on in, we’ll refer to it as Roselle.

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

A natural herbal Tea famous worldwide must provide the body with substantial health benefits. The health benefits of Roselle tea are significant, not least because it contains anthocyanin. This antihypertensive compound works as an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which helps lower blood pressure in people with type-2 diabetes and hypertension.

As with most herbal and natural treatments, large pharmaceutical companies aren’t mainly motivated to prove they work, as patenting plants is tricky. They, therefore, don’t offer grants to scientists who want to study their benefits.

Roselle tea is as effective as Captopril (a pharmaceutical ace inhibitor)

There have been a few studies about the effects of the hibiscus flower. A 2004 study shows it was as effective as Captopril as an ACE inhibitor.

Ayurvedic Health Benefits of Roselle Tea

Widely prescribed by traditional medicine practitioners throughout the centuries, Roselle Tea is known in Indian and Chinese cultures to heal the body. And even though there was no scientific data to compare it against, they just knew it worked.

Visiting an Ayurvedic practitioner with any one of the following symptoms could see you suggested Roselle Tea:

  • common cold
  • inflammation
  • upper respiratory tract pain
  • loss of appetite
  • stomach irritation
  • swelling
  • fluid retention
  • circulation disorders
  • nerve disease
  • constipation

The Delicious Taste of Hibiscus Flower

Besides its many uses as an effective medicine, Roselle is a favourite ingredient in many foods and beverages. This is because it has a distinctive and appealing taste, which is not entirely dissimilar to cranberry.

Roselle juice has a tartness reminiscent of cranberry juice, but the overall flavour is rounder and more pleasant. It is equally good in a hot or cold drink and can quench a thirst for sustained periods.

Potpourri: The Roselle Flower Around The Home

Increasingly, the Roselle flower is being made into potpourri – quite simply because of its exotic aroma and pleasant bright red appearance; a bit of a waste of such a dominant plant if you ask me, but it takes all sorts…

Try Roselle Tea or Juice For Yourself

When a herbal tea can stand the test of time as Roselle has – and has globally recognised health benefits – I think it’s pretty hard to come up with reasons not to try it for yourself, especially when you bolt on that it’s delicious!

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