Hibiscus Tea Health Benefits
Hibiscus Tea in Folk Medicine
Few herbal teas possess the rich history and world renown as Hibiscus sabdariffa, as it has been used for thousands of years in various cultures around the globe. Many claims have been made about its ability to help with sleep, speed up metabolism, and even calm nervous disorders. Pulp from the plant has been used topically to care for wounds.
Sudanese, Egyptian, and North African folk medicine utilizes hibiscus to lower body temperature, promote heart health, and for its diuretic purposes. Other regions of Africa use hibiscus to fight bacteria, soothe sore throats, ease muscle spasms, and expel worms and other parasites. A topical paste or salve is applied to wounds to prevent infection.
In Iran, hibiscus is a traditional treatment for lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses hibiscus to treat the kidney meridian since it is considered sour and cooling. Uses include lowering body heat, increasing appetite, and for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and diuretic properties.
In Mexico and Central America, hibiscus tea is drank to aid digestion and increase bile production. In large amounts, hibiscus tea works as a laxative, and it is utilized for such purpose in this region.
For Europeans, hibiscus is popular for treating hangovers through its ability to reduce the absorption of alcohol, protect the liver, manage cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.
Recent research studies support many of the folk medicine claims from around the world. The most scientifically studied health benefits of Hibiscus sabdariffa are its ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease. Please understand that while we want to share the promising information from these studies, we urge you to consult your physician before undertaking any changes to your medical treatments.