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Hibiscus tea is a popular tisane made using the sepals of the Roselle or Hibiscus sabdariffa flower, a drink that is popular the world over. The drink is often made using the infusion method, pouring boiling water over the sepals and leaving them for a few minutes before removing them. Another method involves leaving the sepals in cold water for a few days to create the drink. It can be enjoyed hot, though prevailing opinion seems to be to drink it when it has been chilled. Hibiscus tea has a tart feel and a taste similar to cranberries. Sugar is often added to counteract the bitter taste.

Hibiscus tea has been used as a medicinal drink for some time, but a study showed that it can help to reduce high blood pressure. A group that drank three cups of hibiscus tea a day for six weeks were found to have their systolic blood pressure lowered by an average of 7.2 percent. Whilst more research needs to be carried out to validate the effects of the drink, early tests have portrayed it in a good light. There are some possible side effects though, the most peculiar of which is that the drink can apparently have hallucinogenic effects on some individuals. It is also recommended to be avoided by pregnant women and those who already have low blood pressure.

by Kafevend

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