Stop and see Hibiscus’ beautiful deep pinks and reds. The colors change as the flower blooms and then as it dries. You might call it lipstick-pink to ruby-red or some may say maroon-colored. Use this delicious color for the mood of Valentine’s Day.
This beautiful flower has so much more to offer than its looks!! There are countless studies linking this colorful medicinal flower to beneficial health effects, including easing excess water weight, decreasing inflammation, lowering cholesterol, balancing blood sugar, improving blood pressure, and supporting the immune system.
Slow down and relax: Hibiscus is full of potent antioxidants and Vitamin C which may help in treating anxiety and has a calming effect on your mind.
There are many ways to use Hibiscus:
Glowing Skin Detox – Hibiscus combined with rose and green tea – organic tea bags
Edible Flowers – Hibiscus is related to the okra plant and its flowers are very similar – make sure you grow the edible variety – Organic Hibiscus Sabdariffa-Roselle Seeds
Turn it into a Meal – use my Hibiscus Keto Delight recipe below
Get creative – Whole Dried Flowers – organic
Alcoholic Beverages – this is especially NOT a good idea for anyone with chronic illness
Cold Brew Hibiscus Keto Delight – RecipeThis is perfect for a Keto or Paleo dietMakes two drinks – perfect for Valentine’s DayIngredientsCoconut MCT oil – 1 tablespoon – organicFat and/or proteinHigh-quality protein powder with beet powder – organic (makes your drink even a deeper red)Coconut cream – organic (makes your drink a pink color)Hibiscus Tea bags – organicOptional = want even a deeper red, use a sweet superfood, beet powder – organicInstructionsThe night before: Add 3 Hibiscus tea bags with 32 oz of pure water in a mason jar, lid, and place in refrigerator overnightWhen ready to drink: In a blender add MCT oil and other ingredients with all of Hibiscus cold brew, blend for 20 secondsFor a sweet tooth, add stevia, honey or vanilla to taste
Go to other sites for great Hibiscus ideas
Hibiscus in Food/Drink
Hibiscus Alcoholic Beverages
Dig Deeper – Learn More
There are 40 different species of Hibiscus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Some of these, such as Hibiscus sabdariffa L., have edible calyxes (place on salads or fine dinner dishes) or can be dried (used for tea). Also known as roselle, red sorrel and flor de Jamaica, Hibiscus sabdariffa L. is the Hibiscus most commonly used for tea and is used in many areas of the world.
Be creative, have fun with the beauty of edible flowers.
Do you enjoy Valentine’s Day?
Maribeth Baxter, MBEC (Certified Mind-Body Eating Coach)