What is Hibiscus?
Hibiscus is a flower known by a number of names across the globe, and grows in an even greater number of colors, and shapes and sizes. The popularity of the plant has increased in recent years due to its potential nutritional benefits. The flower itself, which is dried and used most commonly in teas, is as beautiful as it is healthy, being heavy in Vitamin C and Antioxidants. One of the many benefits of Hibiscus is its ability to not only treat, but also prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), as it is considered to work as an antibiotic to kill bacteria and lower inflammation that cause UTI's, which is why we've added it as one of the main ingredients in our Urinary Tract Relief . . . Ta-Dah! ™.
In Chinese medicine, hibiscus is believed to be a cooling agent, and used to treat and/or support controlling blood pressure, weight management, hypertension, coughs, and even hangovers!
Is it Safe, and how can I Add it to my Diet?
Hibiscus is generally safe and is considered non-toxic to humans, although can potentially be dangerous for our canine companions.
Assists in heart disease prevention by decreasing both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as lowering blood fat levels.
Lowering fat blood cells may boost liver health, and promote weight loss
Contains compounds that are believed to prevent cancer
Fights multiple types of bacteria
Although there are many more benefits, the one we enjoy the most is how delicious it is!
Hibiscus is most commonly consumed as a tea. Some find the tea to be a bit tart so it is usually sweetened. A good pairing with the tea can be raw honey, which pairs well in terms of flavor and health benefits for the added antibiotics. The tea can be served hot or cold.
In our research of the hibiscus flower, we came across a nifty and simple recipe that's not a tea and can be prepared in 20 minutes!
This can then be used for flavoring drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) or even over ice cream!
Can I Take a Supplement Instead?
If you wish to get all the benefits of hibiscus without all the struggle and time consumption of making teas or syrups, a supplement is definitely a great option! Hibiscus flower extract, along with a proprietary blend of Coin Leaf Disodium, Knotweed, and Asian Water Plantain is used in our herbal Urinary Tract Relief . . . Ta-Dah! ™, and also happens to be all-natural, vegan-friendly, non-GMO and gluten-free! This proprietary blend helps treat UTI's by reducing inflammation and painful sensations brought on by bacterial infections, flushing out toxins through urine, and stimulating the filtration systems our liver and immune system have which increases urine production.*Source Medical News Today, Healthline.com, and rxlist.com