Healthy Hibiscus Tea

image courtesy of Food NetworkI was first introduced to Hibiscus tea on the island of Maui and it will forever remind me of that hot, tropical sunny afternoon when I took my first sip. It tasted like cherry flavored liquid sunshine and made me feel all bright and happy inside for the rest of the day!

I was curious about the health benefits of drinking Hibiscus tea and was pleased to find out that it contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, which help to strengthen the immune system and get rid of cell-damaging free radicals. It’s also good for lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Hibiscus tea is known worldwide for these health benefits and is a very popular drink that is served hot, cold and as a frozen dessert in Mexico, Central America, Africa, Egypt, The Middle East, Thailand and China.

Hibiscus tea is my favorite summer drink and I make large batches of it in glass sun tea jars and enjoy it iced. It’s super easy to make at home. All you have to do is boil a hand full of dried Hibiscus flowers, in a large pot of water for a few minutes, let them steep, add a sweetener or fruit juice to the mix and when the tea cools, strain it into a large glass container.

You can also use tea bags to make Hibiscus tea. My favorite company to purchase Hibiscus tea bags from is Now Foods. Their Heavenly Hibiscus Tea is a delicious combination of Hawaiian Hibiscus petals, Wild Cherry Bark, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Lemon Grass, Spearmint Leaf, Licorice Root and Cherry Flavor.

Here’s my favorite recipe for making Hibiscus Tea:

Hibiscus Sun Tea Recipe:

1 cup dried Hibiscus flowers
1 gallon purified water
1 organic lemon- sliced
Your favorite natural sweetener or fruit juice
  • Wrap dried Hibiscus flowers in cheesecloth- twist and knot the ends together and put it in a large glass jar (you can also use 4 Hibiscus tea bags instead of the flowers)
  • Pour cold water into sun tea jar or large glass pitcher
  • Cover with lid or coffee filter (use a rubber band to hold it in place)
  • Place in a sunny spot outside for about 6 hours or until bright cherry red
  • Add lemon slices
  • Sweeten to taste (I like using organic raw sugar to sweeten my tea, but have also enjoyed sweetening it with pineapple juice)
  • Chill in fridge
  • Pour Over Ice
  • Enjoy!
If the sun isn’t shining, you can heat the water on the stove, add flowers or tea bags, steep for 20-30 minutes, strain and pour into the glass pitcher.

5 thoughts on “Healthy Hibiscus Tea

  1. sarah on

    I love this .. and good to know that is good for you…. I enjoy this all summer….

  2. Amanda on

    I make this drink for my kids daily. They love it and they are NEVER sick. So glad to know that in addition to being wonderful, it is very healthy for them.

  3. Karine on

    I live in Arizona (hot! hot! hot!) Thus we have the pleasure of making Sun Tea all year long . Hibiscus tea is my favorite. I took the recipe and sent it to all my friends .. Not only does it taste great, but the health benefits are amazing!
    Thanks much for listing the recipe..

  4. Camille on

    I added orange peel and cinnamon sticks to the batch, and sweetened with a slice of orange in each cup instead of adding the lemons. Delicious, and no sugar is needed!

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