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Hibiscus Sun Tea

BY ELIZABETH BORELLI

The dried crimson leaves of the hibiscus plant make a wonderfully tart and delicious tea.  The health benefits of this drink have been celebrated for centuries in cultures all around the world.

With studies linking the acids contained in hibiscus to lower blood pressure, this healing plant also contains phytochemicals like quercetin, shown to reduce inflammation and support kidney health, and antioxidants known to reduce the effects of aging*.

This simple Hibiscus Sun Tea is perfect for overnight steeping, no heat required.  It’s a beautiful thing to wake up to, with lots to spare for all day enjoyment.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup hibiscus tea leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried peppermint leaf
  • Juice of 1 lemon or lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons of stevia (to taste)

For stovetop or microwave:  heat water until it reaches the point of simmering.  Remove from the heat and using your tea strainer, steep the the hibiscus and peppermint leaf for about 10 minutes while it cools.  Remove the strainer and continue cooling until it reaches room temperature.

Overnight or sun tea method:  Pour the water into a mason jar or pitcher, add tea leaves in a stainer, or as loose leaf and pour intro a strainer to remove tea leaves when serving.  Leave water and tea mixture covered in a sunny spot if possible for 6-8 hours.

For either method:  once your tea leaf is infused, add remaining ingredients and serve iced or hot. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*While hibiscus tea is completely safe for most people, if you’re currently using prescription medications, be sure to check with your doctor before enjoying too much of this potent tea.

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