Hibiscus Tea is mainly useful due to its antibiotic like action, which helps fighting off bacterial infections. Its antiviral action reduces common cold severity and gives early relief. Scientific research has suggested it reduces blood pressure, abdominal spasms and uterine cramps.
Cough & Cold
The main action of Hibiscus in cough is to dissolve phlegm and reduce its stickiness and thickness. Due to this mucolytic action of Hibiscus tea, it is beneficial in productive cough with excess amount of thick and sticky mucus.
In cold, it is beneficial when one has nasal-congestion, sneezing and thick discharge from the nose. These symptoms appear after 1 to 2 days of common cold attack.
Hibiscus tea is also rich in vitamin C, which has antioxidant action. The essential phyto-nutrients present in the hibiscus tea boost our immune system and helps the body to fight off illness, flu and infections.
Lowers cholesterol levels and maintains cardiac health
The anti-oxidants (bioflavonoid) present in hibiscus tea helps to remove plaque from the walls of the arteries and puts positive effect on the cardiac health. These bioflavonoids reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Lowering cholesterol levels improves cardiac health and decreases the heart related risks.
Tip: Adding a pinch of black pepper in the Hibiscus tea increases anti-cholesterol properties of Hibiscus.
Use of Hibiscus Tea High Blood Pressure
Hibiscus Tea is useful in mild to moderate hypertensive cases. Its antihypertensive action and hypocholesterolemic effect of Hibiscus Tea is attributed to Anthocyanins, polyphenols and hibiscus acid present in Hibiscus. Anthocyanins inhibit LDL-C oxidation, which helps impeding atherosclerosis or narrowing of the blood vessels. Antihypertensive action of Hibiscus Tea or Hibiscus extract is comparable with CAPTROPRIL. Moreover, Hibiscus tea is a diuretic and increases urination, which may also help lowering blood pressure. Patients who have hypertension (high blood pressure) can take hibiscus tea daily.
The anti-oxidants present in hibiscus tea helps to reduce free radicals in the body and can prevent pre-cancerous cells from growing. In this way, hibiscus tea reduces the risks of having cancer in the body.
Hibiscus tea has been used for centuries to treat mental related problems such as stress, depression, anxiety etc. The people having mood swings and depression should take hibiscus tea in their daily life. This will put positive effect on their mind and refreshes the nervous system. It gives calm to the mind and the body. Adding Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) leaves in the tea increases its efficacy.
Hibiscus tea is LIKELY SAFE & WELL TOLERATED within the dosage described in this article. There are no side effects reported with hibiscus tea regular use for 8 weeks.
There is some evidence that hibiscus might start menstruation, and this could cause a miscarriage. There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking hibiscus if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side, and avoid use.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Hibiscus tea may be unsafe and not recommended for the pregnant women or those who are undergoing fertility treatments. It lowers the level of estrogens in the body and can cause menstruation, which may lead to miscarriage or bleeding. Specifically, pregnant women in first trimester should not take hibiscus tea. Women having hormone treatment or taking birth control pills should not take hibiscus tea.
The safety information about Hibiscus tea use by lactating mothers is not available, so avoid taking it during this period.
Drowsiness & Hallucinations: After drinking hibiscus tea, one feels a bit drowsy. However, it is not a side effect, but it helps you to relax and fall asleep because it has mild hallucinogenic effects. So, one should avoid to take this tea if he is planning to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery.
Low blood pressure: As taking hibiscus tea lowers the high blood pressure, but the people already have low blood pressure should avoid taking this tea. It can further lower pressure and increases health risks.