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,

 

 

 

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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