The tea is also called the tea of the people as it is directly associated with special events in both Eastern and Western cultures. It is an infusion made from the crimson or magenta petals of the calyx of the hibiscus or roselle flower and is served hot or cold. In many countries, both the flower and the drink is known as saril, a derivative of the English word, sorrel.
In Egypt, it is drunk as a wedding toast. In Jamaica, on Christmas, it is served chilled, with a touch of Jamaican rum, with fruit or potato pudding. In various African countries, beverages emanating from the hibiscus flower are known as wanjo, tsobo, and sobolo. One variation, bissop, is the national drink of Senegal. In West Africa, hibiscus tea is often flavored with ginger or mint.
In the Caribbean, the drink is considered an integral part of Christmas and Chinese New Year celebrations A company in Trinidad and Tobago, has now produced a beverage that combines the hibiscus tea with beer. Hibiscus has been used by different cultures as a remedy for several conditions. Egyptians used hibiscus tea to lower body temperature, treat heart and nerve diseases, and as a diuretic to increase urine production. In Africa, tea was used to treat constipation, cancer, liver disease, and cold symptoms.
Hibiscus tea is known to:
* prevent hypertension,
* lower blood pressure,
* reduce blood sugar levels,
* keep your liver healthy,
* help with menstrual cramps,
* help with depression,
* aid digestion,
* help with weight management.
It is rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids, and has laxative properties.
The above information is not intended as medical advice. The purpose of the above content is fr anecdotal value only. Before starting any medical program, first, consult your doctor.
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