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Herbal Studies: Hibiscus

When I was a kid I really loved red kool aid. Red wasnt a flavor but that was the best tasting kool aid in my opinion. Today my favorite red drink is sorrel or hibiscus infused tea, and while this tasty red drink doesnt stain my lips it does come with plenty of good stuff. The red coloring found in hibiscus is not due to food coloring but instead indicates higher levels of lycopene and anthocyanin, antioxidants that provide anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory benefits.

In fact, a recent study published with the National Library of Medicine found that consuming decoctions, infusions, and beverages made of Hibiscus may provide several health benefits. Participants of the study who regularly consumed hibiscus were able to better manage high blood pressure and experienced reduced insulin resistance.

Adding hibiscus or sorrel to your daily routine is as simple as picking up some tea from the grocer and is considered safe in most cases, but be sure to speak with your healthcare provider or a trusted herbalist to ensure it wont interfere with existing health conditions or medications.


Sarah Foster is a Holistic Wellness Educator, Family Life Coach, and Full Spectrum Doula in Altamonte Spring, FL. At Sun Moon & Stars Holistic Health & Reproduction we provide whole person wellness education along with a full spectrum of support for all birthing outcomes. Any information shared on this site is for education purposes and should be used as a resource and not a source of medical advice. If you or someone you love is interested in support let's connect today!

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