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How to make Hibiscus Tea with Fresh Flowers

Hibiscus tea with fresh flower petals girl holding flowers

I woke up one morning to a beautiful hibiscus in full bloom. I have no idea how it managed to bloom on our side of the fence, but somehow it found a way. I felt as if it was blooming just for me. Sending me hope and love.

I have been feeling rather low with all the C-19 hype and I have been one of the ‘lucky’ ones that has lost all of my work. 🙁 Hibiscus is good for anxiety and depression and I feel it bloomed just at the right time.

Everywhere I walked I saw hibiscus flowers. Where I never noticed them before. So, I decided that it would be a great way to harness their beauty and goodness, by making a fresh hibiscus flower petal tea. Also known as Jamaica tea.

Did you know that the flower only blooms for one day? I learnt about this when I went to look for my hibiscus flower the next morning, only to find that it had withered away.

So, this morning we went on our morning walk around the neighbourhood with the pooches and picked a few hibiscus flowers for our tea, as well as some stems to hopefully grow our very own hibiscus trees. Stealing flowers felt really very naughty! I would suggest you asking permission first!

What is Hibiscus Tea good for?

Hibiscus tea is seen as a herbal tea and it has so many benefits. The biggest one, I would say is the high levels of Vitamin C and minerals. So it is good for your immunity and especially now during this time of staying healthy. It is known to prevent hypertension and anxiety, reduce blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, keep your liver healthy, helps with depression, aids digestion and helps with weight loss. I mean wow! A full power-house of goodness in this one! Yes please!

Hibiscus tea with fresh flower petals

Side-effects of Hibiscus Tea

However, I have to mention that drinking hibiscus tea in large quantities… means there can be some side-effects. You should avoid if you are pregnant, breast feeding, have low blood pressure and are diabetic.

What does it taste like?

It has a wonderful taste and has a tart, cranberry-like flavor.

Hibiscus tea with fresh flower petals

How do you serve Hibiscus Tea?

You can serve in with lemon, cinnamon stick, mint and ice. For a refreshing drink on a hot day. You can drink it as it is or add any sweetener of your choice. I quite prefer it just like it is. Plain.

Hibiscus comes in approx 40 varieties but mostly red hibiscus is used to make tea for their nutritional benefits.

Can you grow your own Hibiscus Tree?

First remove all the leaves from the stem. Look for the nodes on the stem and just underneath the one node, cut at a 45 degree angle. This allows for more water absorption as there is a larger surface area. Scrape a little of the bark off the stem. Just ever so slightly and place in water. You will see roots grow out of the stem after about a week.

propagating hibiscus tree
AuthorGypsyCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Make healthy herbal Hibiscus tea with freshly picked flower petals for a refreshing drink that is high in Vitamin C and helps with weight-loss, anxiety, depression, high-blood pressure and so much more. Add lemon and see how the colour changes to the most beautiful pink. Like magic.

Hibiscus tea with fresh flower petals
Prep Time2 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time12 mins
 3 cups Water
 6 Fresh Hibiscus Flowers
 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
1

Pick fresh hibiscus flowers.
Pull all the petals from the flowers.
Rinse well in water to remove any dust, bugs or impurities.

hibiscus tea girl holding flowers

2

Boil the kettle and add boiling water over the fresh petals. Let it steep for 10 minutes. The petals will change from red to yellow.

hibiscus fresh flower petals steeping to make tea

3

Remove all the yellow petals. Don't steep the flowers for longer than 10 minutes or the tea will become quite bitter.

hibiscus flowers turns yellow when in hot water

4

You can drink the tea hot or cold. If you want an ice-tea, then add the tea to a few ice cubes.

hibiscus tea

5

Add freshly squeezed lemon and see how the colour magically changes to a beautiful pink!

hibiscus tea changes colour after adding lemon

6

Drink and enjoy!

sitting on the deck drinking hibiscus tea

Ingredients

 3 cups Water
 6 Fresh Hibiscus Flowers
 2 tbsp Fresh lemon juice

Directions

1

Pick fresh hibiscus flowers.
Pull all the petals from the flowers.
Rinse well in water to remove any dust, bugs or impurities.

hibiscus tea girl holding flowers

2

Boil the kettle and add boiling water over the fresh petals. Let it steep for 10 minutes. The petals will change from red to yellow.

hibiscus fresh flower petals steeping to make tea

3

Remove all the yellow petals. Don't steep the flowers for longer than 10 minutes or the tea will become quite bitter.

hibiscus flowers turns yellow when in hot water

4

You can drink the tea hot or cold. If you want an ice-tea, then add the tea to a few ice cubes.

hibiscus tea

5

Add freshly squeezed lemon and see how the colour magically changes to a beautiful pink!

hibiscus tea changes colour after adding lemon

6

Drink and enjoy!

sitting on the deck drinking hibiscus tea

How to make Fresh Hibiscus Tea

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What is hibiscus tea good for?

Hibiscus tea is seen as a herbal tea and it has so many benefits. The biggest one, I would say is the high levels of Vitamin C and minerals. So it is good for your immunity and especially now during this time of staying healthy. It is known to prevent hypertension and anxiety, reduce blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure, keep your liver healthy, helps with depression, aids digestion and helps with weight loss. I mean wow! A full power-house of goodness in this one!

Side-effects of hibiscus tea?

Drinking hibiscus tea in large quantities… means there can be some side-effects. You should avoid if you are pregnant, breast feeding, have low blood pressure and are diabetic.

What does hibiscus tea taste like?

It has a wonderful taste and has a tart, cranberry-like flavor.

How do you serve hibiscus Tea?

You can serve in with lemon, cinnamon stick, mint and ice. For a refreshing drink on a hot day. You can drink it as it is or add any sweetener of your choice. I quite prefer it just like this.

How do you grow your own hibiscus Tree?

First remove all the leaves from the stem. Look for the nodes on the stem and just underneath the one node, cut at a 45 degree angle. This allows for more water absorption as there is a larger surface area. Scrape a little of the bark off the stem. Just ever so slightly and place in water. You will see roots grow out of the stem after about a week.

hibiscus flower tea girl in prayer

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    May 13, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Wow this looks surprisingly simple. I love the idea of making tea from fresh flowers!

  • Reply
    Michelle Maritz
    May 13, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Loved this blog post! So vibrant and enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Allison | The Always Agnes Blog
    May 13, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    This looks delicious!! I had no idea of all the health benefits of Hibiscus. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Bethany Reul
    May 13, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Love the post! I live in FL so I can’t wait to take advantage of my now blooming hibiscus flowers. I am definitely sharing on my Instagram @bpowerfulnow for Tasty Thursday & I have pinned as well.

  • Reply
    Allison | The Always Agnes Blog
    May 13, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    This sounds delicious! I had no idea there were so many health benefits. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Emily
    May 16, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I love hibiscus tea, especially served hot! So comforting!

  • Reply
    Sierra
    May 16, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Okay this looks delicious!! I had no idea that there were so many health benefits! I definitely have to give this recipe a try – Great post!

  • Reply
    Meg
    May 16, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I love hibiscus tea. I’ll have to try this recipe out. Thanks for the post!

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    Brian
    June 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Hey man! Great post but I really wanted to just ask about your blog. Is this wordpress by chance? I really like the design.

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      Gypsy
      June 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Brian. It is WordPress, yes. 🙂 Email me if you would like to know more.

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