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Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus Tea

What is hibiscus tea?

As the name suggests, organic hibiscus tea is herbal tea made from the dried parts of the hibiscus plant (calyces) It can be enjoyed as a hot or cold drink and its taste varies between sweet and tart depending on the variety and it has been likened to cranberries. Organic hibiscus tea is made from calyces obtained from hibiscus plants that have been grown organically without the aid of chemicals or pesticides

Other names for natural hibiscus tea include roselle rosella, sorrell, red sorrel, agua/roselle de Jamaica. Although not strictly a tea, as it is not derived from the tea plant, Hibiscus tea is classified as herbal tea. Herbal teas continue to grow in popularity.

What is hibiscus tea good for?

Besides being a delicious, relaxing drink, hibiscus tea can be drunk hot or cold. It has a tartish flavour and is often sweetened with honey or maybe lime juice. Regular consumption of hibiscus tea has been linked to many health benefits.

Benefits of drinking hibiscus tea

Natural hibiscus tea has been traditionally used in places like Africa and Iran to treat such conditions as high blood pressure, heart disease, cholesterol and sore throats. It has also been used to lower body temperature. Many of these benefits have been confirmed by scientific study.

What are the health benefits of hibiscus tea?

  • Hibiscus is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to help combat the buildup of free radicals which are thought to be a major cause of disease. Studies have shown the hibiscus leaf has extraordinary antioxidant properties [1]

  • There is some evidence to suggest that regular consumption may promote liver health. [4]

  • Sufferers of high blood pressure and at risk of high blood pressure have been shown to lower blood pressure in studies in 2010 and 2015 [2]

  • There is some evidence of hibiscus tea helping to increase the good levels of cholesterol[3]

  • Regular consumption of this herbal tea may assist in weight control. While studies at this time have been limited there is evidence that there is some benefit to be gained [5]

  • May help to fight bacterial infections. Test tube studies indicate that hibiscus has strong antibacterial properties.[6] Further research needs to be done to find how hibiscus tea may work in this instance 

How to prepare hibiscus tea

Preparing hibiscus tea is done in pretty much the same way as brewing any tea. Use a clean teapot and add two or more teaspoons (according to taste) of the dried hibiscus flowers to the pot. Bring water to boil and add to the teapot. Allow the tea to stand and brew for around five minutes. As hibiscus contains no caffeine, you can add a teabag of traditional tea to the pot if you are looking to get a burst of energy. When ready to pour the tea, use a tea strainer to separate the leaves from the brew. You can sweeten the tea with your preferred sweetener (honey, sugar or whatever else you prefer) . For extra flavour you can choose to garnish the tea with a complementary flavour such as mint, cinnamon or even a lime wedge.

To prepare iced tea is a simple matter of adding the dried hibiscus and any garnishes you prefer to a pitcher of water and refrigerating for about 12 hours. Cold water takes a long time to absorb the flavour of the tea but after 12 hours it will have taken on a full reddish colour and the tart flavour of hibiscus. It can be served over ice and sweetened to taste.

Where to buy hibiscus tea in Australia

If you’re looking for where to buy hibiscus tea Australia trusts then you can’t go past the range of teas available from the Buy Organics Online website. We have sourced the very best natural and organic teas available from reputable suppliers in the herbal tea industry. If you want a refreshing, caffeine free tea then simply must try one of the hibiscus teas available on our website. Why wait any longer? Get your hibiscus tea now.


  1. Antioxidant and Antihyperlipidemic Activity of Hibiscus Sabdariffa Linn. Leaves and Calyces Extracts in Rats
  2. Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. Tea (Tisane) Lowers Blood Pressure in Prehypertensive and Mildly Hypertensive Adults
  3. Effects of Sour Tea (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) on Lipid Profile and Lipoproteins in Patients With Type II Diabetes
  4. Hibiscus Sabdariffa Extract Inhibits Obesity and Fat Accumulation, and Improves Liver Steatosis in Humans
  5. Effect of Hibiscus Sabdariffa on Obesity in MSG Mice
  6. Physicochemical Properties and Antimicrobial Activity of Roselle (Hibiscus Sabdariffa L.)
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