‘This is a paid partnership with HIBSO to discuss the health benefits of Hibiscus tea.
I was gifted the tea for the purposes of styling this post. All thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.
Looking for a healthy tipple to balance out all the excesses of the upcoming festive season? Here are 7 health benefits of HIBSO Hibiscus tea — my new favourite go-to drink.
A Little Backstory
Humans have enjoyed the health-giving properties of Hibiscus for many years, but it’s a relatively new discovery for me.
I’m always on the look out for natural products, to aid my digestion. A friend recently mentioned the benefits of Hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus belongs to the Mallow family and originates from North Africa — and Southeast Asia — but now happily grows in many tropical and subtropical climates.
Hibiscus flowers — also known as Roselle or Karkade — can be used to create sauces, jams, syrups… plus both hot and cold drinks.
My favourite brand — HIBSO — make their instant Hibiscus tea from premium-quality natural Hibiscus flowers and there are four different flavours to try; original, lemon, ginger and mint.
All absolutely gorgeous — but my absolute favourite is the original.
The first time I tried it, it transported me back to being a child, when I’d occasionally have a mug of hot blackcurrant cordial.
HIBSO Hibiscus tea has almost the same delicious flavour; slightly tart but really fruity and warming. No bitter aftertaste and just the right amount of sweetness; although you can add sugar (or honey) if you have a really sweet tooth.
Unlike other tea brands, the HIBSO teas are so simple to prepare; simply pop the contents of a sachet into a mug (or teapot), pour over 200 ml of hot or cold water, then give it a stir.
It’s as simple as that!
Each HIBSO instant Hibiscus tea sachet contains high-quality water-soluble hibiscus powder; containing no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
It’s manufactured — and produced — in accordance with the EU health and safety laws, for peace of mind.
7 Health Benefits of Drinking Hibiscus Tea
1. It’s caffeine-free.
This is brilliant for me as it means I can have a cup before bedtime, with no worries of being kept awake!
It’s the perfect drink at any time of day.
2. Hibiscus tea is low in calories.
The HIBSO instant tea sachets do contain sugar — but Hibiscus flowers are naturally sweet too, so if you’ve a taste for something sweet, Hibiscus tea is a really great way of satisfying a craving.
3. It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
HIBSO teas contains vitamin C; a strong antioxidant that is well renowned for keeping our immune systems healthy.
But Hibiscus is also high in iron; a mineral that keeps our immune systems balanced and helps the body to maintain red blood cells.
As vitamin C helps to increase the absorption of iron, the health benefits of Hibiscus tea are doubled.
Winning all round, I’d say.
4. HIBSO may help to lower blood pressure.
Studies have shown that drinking Hibiscus may benefit our hearts, by lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
5. Another health benefit is that it could lower cholesterol.
In some studies, it has reportedly lowered ‘LDL’ — the ‘bad’ cholesterol — and triglycerides (both of which are linked to obesity).
But Hibiscus tea can actually increase ‘HDL’, which is ‘good’ cholesterol.
More in-depth studies are still needed to examine the effects of Hibiscus tea and cholesterol reduction; but on the face of things, it looks really positive.
6. Hibiscus tea could help us to maintain a balanced weight.
Whilst Hibiscus tea certainly isn’t a magical ‘fat-busting’ potion — it could definitely work in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise, due to its diuretic properties.
7. HIBSO Hibiscus tea works as a natural diuretic, for a better digestion.
Diuretics increase the amount of salt and water expelled from the body as urine. Hibiscus tea has been seen to work as a natural diuretic, pulling salt out of the body. Blood pressure is reduced as a consequence.
Elixir Of Life
So, is HIBSO the elixir of life?!
With so many health benefits, it certainly sounds like it.
But health benefits aside, I love it best because it tastes amazing.
It transports me straight back to being a child, drinking hot blackcurrant from a Tupperware mug.
For a hit of nostalgia, it’s the perfect drink!
If you’d like to try HIBSO yourself, they’re running a 15% off voucher at the moment on Amazon (until the end of December).
All four flavours — original, mint, ginger and lemon — are available in two sizes — 13 grams or 18 grams.
Click this link to go to their Amazon page.