Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

The hibiscus tea can be prepared and consumed in different ways, depending on the region. Some prefer to drink it hot, while others prefer to drink it on ice to balance the temperature.

This drink is widely consumed in Brazilian territory, mainly due to its antioxidant and diuretic effects.

Tea can be found in health food stores, supermarkets, convenience stores and drugstores.


The hibiscus, whose scientific name is Hibiscus sabdariffa , is a flower that has reddish tones. As it has substances that are beneficial to the human body, it is widely consumed, usually in the form of tea.

The chalice is the used part of the plant, as it works as a diuretic and antioxidant. From this perspective, hibiscus tea is often consumed with the purpose of reducing fluid retention. It is worth mentioning that hibiscus can play a prominent role in cooking. It can appear as a decoration or in the production of jams, wines and desserts.

In addition to the forms of ingestion listed above, hibiscus tea can be ingested for anti-inflammatory purposes, as it strengthens the immune system against colds and flu.


See below the benefits of hibiscus tea:

1. Has diuretic action

Since hibiscus tea works as a diuretic drink in the body, it is advisable to avoid fluid retention.

2. Helps to lose weight

Hibiscus tea contains substances known as anthocyanins. This antioxidant prevents the accumulation of fat, since it slows down the production process of fat cells. Additionally, this tea blocks an enzyme that converts starch into sugar. Therefore, it is suggested that it be ingested right after meals.

3. Helps in fat reduction

This tea helps not to accumulate fat in the hip and abdomen region.

4. It has antioxidant action

As hibiscus tea has polyphenols and antioxidants, it fights free radicals, which, in turn, are responsible for the development of coronary and heart diseases, among others.

5. Beneficial for brain health

Hibiscus contains B-complex vitamins, which help the body to capture the energy of cells and maintain various functions in order.

6. Helps in cardiovascular health

Studies show that substances present in hibiscus have a vasodilating effect, which, in turn, helps to prevent coronary heart disease and reduces bad cholesterol.


See below the properties of hibiscus tea:

  • Antioxidant action;
  • Diuretic action;
  • Anti-hypertensive action;
  • digestive action;
  • Relaxing action.


Note that hibiscus tea contains:

  • Carbohydrates;
  • Calcium;
  • Iron;
  • Magnesium;
  • Vitamins; and
  • Potassium.

The calcium present in hibiscus tea is an extremely important mineral for bone health, as it helps to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis, for example.

As for the presence of magnesium, it helps several functions in the body. Regular consumption of this mineral helps to prevent poor digestion, coronary heart disease and diabetes.


It is quite simple to make hibiscus tea. Initially, bring a liter of water to the fire. As soon as the water starts to boil, add the dried hibiscus or sachets. Turn off the heat and let it sit for ten minutes. Then strain and sweeten if you like.

It is added that, although it is the same plant, the hibiscus can appear in some ways, as well as:

  • Capsules;
  • Dehydrated extract; and
  • Soluble.


Here are some recipes with hibiscus tea:



  • 3 tablespoons of dehydrated hibiscus;
  • 1 liter of water;
  • 1 apple; and
  • Sugar to taste.

To prepare it, heat the water with the apple without peeling and without seeds. Cut into cubes and/or slices. As soon as you start the boiling process, add the dehydrated hibiscus and let it boil for about five minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Strain and sweeten as you like.



  • 1 liter of water;
  • 2 black tea sachets
  • 2 teaspoons of hibiscus;
  • 1 lemon juice; and
  • Sugar to taste.

Place the water in the oven until the boiling process starts. Once that’s done, add the black tea sachets and the hibiscus tea. Cover and let it rest. Strain and pour the lemon juice. Sweeten as you like and serve.



  • 250 ml of water;
  • Cinnamon sticks; and
  • 2 tablespoons of hibiscus.

Bring the water to the fire. When starting the boiling process, turn off. Then add the hibiscus and cinnamon. Leave covered for about ten minutes and strain. Sweeten to taste.



  • 1 liter of water;
  • 2 tablespoons of hibiscus;
  • 2 tablespoons of grated ginger; and
  • Sugar to taste.

Initially, heat the water for about ten minutes. When it comes to a boil, add the ginger. Cover and let it sit for ten minutes.

Next, place the hibiscus and set aside for five minutes. Coe. If you want, you can use sugar or honey to sweeten it. Help yourself.


The slimming effect of hibiscus tea is related to the fact that it regulates intestinal functions, optimizes the digestive process, aids in fluid retention and encourages fat burning.

Hibiscus contains a high concentration of anthocyanin, therefore, it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. Thus, the body does not accumulate toxins and weight loss can happen more easily.

It is important to emphasize that the consumption of tea should not be exaggerated, as it can cause intoxication. In order to maintain health, it is suggested that a doctor and/or nutritionist be consulted in advance.

Never take medications or stop using any on your own. It is essential to consult a doctor before handling any type of medication, considering that only he can guide you on the dosage and duration of the treatment.

We emphasize that it is crucial to assimilate tea intake with the practice of physical activities and a diet rich in vegetables.


Considering that hibiscus tea has a diuretic effect, excessive intake can trigger the elimination of too much sodium and potassium, essential electrolytes for the proper functioning of the body.

Regarding the intake of this tea for pregnant women and women who want to become pregnant, it is essential that a doctor is consulted in advance. Research indicates that the components of tea, when compiled with estrogen, can act as a natural contraceptive in the body. In view of hormonal interference, the gestational period may change.

That said, it is crucial that pregnant women consult the obstetrician before ingesting teas and other drinks that contain hibiscus in their composition.

If the hibiscus capsules are ingested in excess, stomach pain, gas, headache and gas can occur. Also, drinking too much tea can cause dizziness and fatigue.

Finally, hibiscus can negatively interact with other medications. As it is a diuretic, it can eliminate the drug before it fully works in the body.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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