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All About Hibiscus Tea

All About Hibiscus Tea

Have you ever tried the striking crimson herbal infusion that’s naturally caffeine-free, packed with health benefits, and tastes marvelous? If you’ve never tried hibiscus tea or you’ve always been curious about the lovely floral drink, we’re here to convince you: embrace the flower power!

Hibiscus tea is an herbal drink that enchants with its deep-red hue and delights with it’s tangy and unique flavor. It is often sipped on its own as a delicious drink or blended with other herbal ingredients to create healthy infusions.

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First, we need to clarify one thing: hibiscus tea isn’t really a tea at all. Technically, it’s an herbal tisane. A tisane is an infusion of dried herbs that are brewed as a tea and contain functional wellness benefits or are sometimes used medicinally. Herbal tisanes vary from true teas, such as black tea or green tea, which are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.

Hibiscus tea is made from the Hibiscus sabdariffa (roselle) shrub, which is actually a relative to okra! But don’t worry, it tastes completely different so don’t let that deter you from trying this delicious tea. While all parts of the roselle plant are edible, from flowers, leaves, to stem, only the calyx is the part of the plant used to make tasty hibiscus tea. It is the lotus-shaped bud that grows underneath the beautiful flower and supports it. The calyx of the roselle plant contains a bounty of natural antioxidants, such as flavonoids and anthocyanin (a natural red pigment). Besides tea, the roselle calyx is also used for food coloring, liquors, extracts, jams, jellies, sauces, and in baked goods. You can even make homemade candied hibiscus as a tasty snack or pretty garnish in cocktails or baked goods!

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While more research needs to be done to understand the full scope of the potential health benefits of this amazing beverage, hibiscus tea has undeniably been used medicinally for centuries all over the world with positive results. Research shows that drinking hibiscus tea is heart healthy, can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, may prevent chronic diseases, increase liver health, and fight bacterial infections.

Plus, it’s also full of vitamin C and other antioxidants that can boost collagen, which promotes healthy hair growth, stronger nails and hair, and clear skin. To incorporate hibiscus into your self-care or beauty routine, sip a cup of hibiscus tea while trying this DIY Brightening Hibiscus Mask or clarifying Hibiscus Hair Rinse.


Drinking reasonable amounts of hibiscus tea is not only completely safe, but also good for you. However, sometimes there may be a few risks associated with it for some people if you consume too much or take certain medications. It is advised to avoid drinking hibiscus tea if you have diabetes or low blood pressure, because it could lower your blood pressure too much which may cause dizziness or fainting.

Similarly, some tests show that hibiscus tea may interfere with the overall effectiveness of the medications chloroquine and acetaminophen.

Finally, it is advised that consuming hibiscus tea and other foods made from the roselle plant should be avoided if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, as it contains estrogenic properties.


The tart and fruity taste of hibiscus tea is reminiscent of cranberries. Hibiscus tea tastes naturally lightly sweet, but is enhanced by a drizzle of honey or agave, a sprinkle of cane sugar, or spritz of lemon or lime juice. Delicious iced, hot, or cold brewed, this bright tea also blends well with herbs and roots like mint, ginger, rose hips and added spices like clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Hibiscus tea can be an acquired taste, but with countless ways to prepare it, we’re certain there’s a perfect cup of hibiscus tea for everyone just waiting to be discovered (if you haven't already!).

For the ultimate hibiscus tea fans, try out a few hibiscus tea-infused recipes. Tea time dessert calls for a batch of these Hibiscus Shortbread cookies or Hibiscus Ice Cream while happy hour isn't complete without trying a refreshing Hibiscus Highball. Or, for an easy-to-make summer refresher, mix equal parts hibiscus tea with lemonade and garnish with a sprig of mint!

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As hibiscus tea becomes more popular, so is being able to find high quality hibiscus buds. When buying hibiscus tea in stores or online, make sure to buy natural, whole bud hibiscus for loose leaf tea and tea bags free of chemicals. Also, make sure you pay attention to whether you’re purchasing a hibiscus infusion blended with other ingredients or a 100% hibiscus flower herbal tea. Both options are delicious, it just depends on how potent you want your hibiscus tea to be!

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Learn how to make a delicious cup of hibiscus tea with only three simple steps. Follow the directions to steep a warming cup of hot hibiscus tea, or pour over ice for a refreshing glass of iced tea. Plus, learn how to make a smooth hibiscus cold brew overnight!


Makes 4 glasses // Total Time: 5-10 minutes


  • Hibiscus tea or dried roselle calyx buds. We recommend The Republic of Tea’s Natural Hibiscus Superflower Tea.
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • Optional: sugar, honey, agave or alternative sweetener


Measure 1 heaping tablespoon of loose hibiscus tea leaves or use 2-3 tea bags/sachets.

Boil water in a kettle or pot on the stove.

Steep tea for about 3-5 minutes, or until it has a deep red color and full-bodied taste. Of course, you can adjust to your taste and steep for 1-2 minutes less for a weaker flavor or a 1-2 minutes longer for a stronger flavor.

How to Make Cold Brewed Hibiscus Tea: To make a smooth cold brewed hibiscus tea instead, simply steep it in cold water in a pitcher or jar with a lid for 4-6 hours or overnight. Enjoy!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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1 comment

  • I love herbal teas. Have been drinking them most of my life, but as time has gone on I’ve realized the ones I haven’t like have all had hibiscus in them. I guess I’m one of those that never acquired the taste…


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