Friday, 28 March 2008

Rosehip & Hibiscus tea

This is a good winter warmer! You can get rosehip and hibiscus tea fairly readily as a tea bag. I've just bought rosehip granules and dried hibiscus flowers from Baldwins and made up my own loose mixture - of which I put a teaspoon in for 1 cup.

Rose hip (Rosa canina) are gathered in the autumn and then dried. They are a good source of Vitamin C, but even before this discovery it was used for colds and to treat inflamed or bleeding gums. Apparently it is also good for rheumatoid arthritis. When something is so healthy it's good to find as many reasons as possible to eat/ drink it - and here we have a recipe for rose hip schnapps! Time to get picking in the autumn. :-)

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) also known as Jamaican Sorrel, of the many varieties of hibiscus this is the one used in teas. Apparently hibiscus tea is very popular in Africa as a drink sold on the street, and in the Caribbean as part of the Christmas celebrations. It is said to lower high blood pressure and reduce high cholesterol levels. I just saw a suggestion to drink it with mint as a tea - I have to try that!

Photos from Flickr: Waves & Waterfalls and Karl Simpson - thank you!

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