Jul 23, 2018

Hibiscus Mint Tea

 

I got this idea from Dr. Greger who promotes hibiscus for lowering blood pressure and I’m hooked! The flavor is divine on its own and adding a bit of peppermint is delightful in the summer months for a tasty, refreshing drink. But how much of this can you drink? Can there be too much of a good thing? Well, any food, be it a tea or an herb or a flower, that has some kind of pharmacological effect should be used with some caution. Dr. Greger also addresses this particular issue in this video.

You can use whatever sweetener you prefer in this tea but I like to use erythritol as it has some health benefits and zero calories. Another calorie-free sweetener that I sometimes use in this recipe is xylitol, but erythritol has more health benefits. It actually contains antioxidants! Check out what Dr. Greger has to say about this sweetener: ERYTHRITOL

I hope you try this delicious beverage and enjoy it as much as we do! It’s the perfect addition to a whole food, plant-based diet. In case you’re wondering, I have a family history of hypertension and so it works perfectly for me. But hubby Mountain Man is just the opposite—his blood pressure usually runs VERY low. However he also enjoys this tea, of course in moderation, and it has no ill effect on his already low blood pressure.

Enjoy! 

Healthy trails,

 

 

 

Hibiscus Mint Tea

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 liters or about 2 quarts

A delightful and refreshing tea that will also help to lower blood pressure!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup loose, dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 TBS loose, dried and crushed peppermint leaves
  • 2/3 cup erythritol or sweetener of your choice

Method

  1. Place the hibiscus and peppermint in a pyrex or other heat proof container (I use a 2 cup measuring cup)
  2. Add boiling water to fill to about one cup.
  3. Steep 10 minutes.
  4. While the tea steeps, dissolve the erythritol in hot water and add it to whatever 2 liter vessel you will use to store your tea.
  5. Strain and add your steeped tea to the dissolved erythritol and fill with cool water to make 2 liters.
  6. Refrigerate.

Notes

You can also use tea bags for this though I haven't tried it. I would use 5-6 hibiscus bags plus one peppermint bag and that should work just fine.

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2 responses to “Hibiscus Mint Tea”

  1. Wendy Sue says:

    Thank you Helen for this new twist on hibiscus tea! I’ve been making it for years for my husband’s high blood pressure. Our favorite variation is 2 qts water, 1/2 cups dried hibiscus flowers, 1T grated fresh ginger, bring g to a boil and turn off. Steep for 30 min. Strain, add 1/2 cup fresh honey and the juice of 1 fresh lime. YUM!

    • helynskitchen says:

      You’re most welcome, Wendy! I like the idea of adding ginger and lime, too! I’ll have to try that. 🙂

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