delicious drink eastern bright red color is able to on a hot summer day to quench the thirst and refresh, and in the winter - warm, giving a feeling of warmth and coziness.
Hibiscus - plant of the family Malvaceae. The correct botanical name of plants - Hibiscus sabdariffa. Native Hibiscus from India, but now it is grown in many tropical countries. It is also easy to grow at home and from the seeds, which can be found in tea bags.
The plant reaches a height of 3 to 5 meters. The stem and leaves are green with a slightly reddish tinge. The flowers reach a diameter of 5 cm and have a rich aroma.
In Sudan, the Hibiscus has become so popular drink that it is called the Sudanese rose. In Egypt, it is called the beverage of the pharaohs, and believe that he will grant immortality and vitality. In Malaysia, Hibiscus is better known under the name Bunga heaven, that is the national flower. His image adorns the coat of arms of the country, since Muslims believe that the five petals correspond to the five precepts of Islam.
After the flowers wither, the branches are the calyx of flowers that begin to grow in size, gaining juice. It was then, and they harvested, dried and cooked a wonderful tonic.
The color and flavor of the tea hibiscus may differ, depending on the place of growing plants. For example, hibiscus grown in Egypt, has a sour taste and cherry blossom. Mexican Hibiscus slightly salty taste and the color of his deep orange. And Thailand is beautiful hibiscus and purple sweet taste.
Petals, seeds and leaves of hibiscus is used in cooking and cosmetics. Also, all parts of the plant used in the manufacture of fabrics for dyeing.
In ancient Egypt, for a long time we have learned about the benefits of hibiscus tea, and there he became a national drink. Archaeologists have repeatedly found in the tombs of the dry parts of the plant.
In Africa and the East Hibiscus is widely used in folk medicine, believing that helps Hibiscus under pressure and many other diseases.
In Europe, the Hibiscus has spread in the 17th century, but very popular drink is used. But nowadays its popularity is growing rapidly, especially in the Nordic countries.
The composition includes 13 Hibiscus organic acids, among which there malic, citric, tartaric. They give a sour taste tea and perfectly quench thirst.
Properties Hibiscus is due to its composition of microelements and biologically active substances that strengthen immunity, relieve tension, improve physical endurance and perfectly protect against colds and flu.
Thanks antotsinam, which is part of the plant, tea has a red hibiscus. Furthermore, antotsiny strengthen the walls of blood vessels, making them less permeable, and reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Benefits Hibiscus is antispasmodic effect, improving the production of bile. Properties Hibiscus beneficial effect on the urinary system and the liver. With regular use of hibiscus normalizes metabolism, beneficial effects on the activity of the stomach and pancreas.
By the beneficial properties of hibiscus can be attributed to the prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and facilitate the flow of diathesis. In addition, tea has a mild laxative effect. It has been proven that the systematic use of hibiscus tea for two weeks the activity of the gastrointestinal tract to normal.
helping Hibiscus at pressure. Thus, hot Hibiscus pressure increases, and in the cold, on the contrary, it lowers.
An important benefit Hibiscus is also in the removal of the effects of alcohol poisoning. And the residents of Africa since ancient times used flowers of the plant to stop bleeding in cuts.
It is not necessary to abuse of hibiscus tea for people suffering from gastritis with high acidity, and peptic ulcer disease. Hibiscus can cause harm to people with very low pressure.
Tea is contraindicated in young children up to one year.
It can also harm Hibiscus in the case of individual intolerance.
Use of Hibiscus
Hibiscus is used in cooking. Fresh leaves are put in meat, fish dishes, vegetable salads. Dry seeds of Hibiscus added to soups. Petal plant cook very tasty jam.
Hibiscus and have found application in cosmetology. Thus, the ice cubes out of brewed hibiscus is very refreshing and tone the skin. Use it in mixtures with peeling coffee.
Hibiscus tea from cooked different ways. Brew it in a porcelain or glass dish. This may simply be brewed hibiscus tea with boiling water or cooking for a while on fire. Hibiscus also insist in cold water, it turns out not less tasty refreshing drink.