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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.