Hibiscus Tea For Glowing Skin
Shweta ShahNutritionist & Cofounder of Eatfit247
3 min read
Dried/fresh hibiscus flowers: 3
Water: 3 – 4 cups
Cinnamon stick (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)
Lime wedge (optional)
Step 1 :
Boil a pot of water. Add the dried/ fresh hibiscus flowers to a clean and empty teapot.
Step 2 :
Add the boiling water into the teapot. Let all the ingredients infuse in the water for some time.
Step 3 :
You can also let the tea soak for a longer time for it to have an intense/stronger taste and colour. You can judge the intensity of the tea by looking at the changing colour of the water — the darker the colour, the intense the flavour. Strain the tea. Add jaggery as per UR taste. Serve UR delicious tea hot with a healthy snack or garnish with cinnamon, mint leaves, or a lemon wedge.
If UR a tea lover, then you can let the hibiscus flowers infuse in the water for a bit longer to enjoy the true flavour of this particular tea. If you want UR tea to be mildly flavoured, then avoid soaking the hibiscus flowers in the water for more than 4 – 5 minutes.
Hibiscus tea is known for its peculiar, but the subtle flavour and when taken in the right amount it can also help you achieve a radiant glow. The chock full of antioxidants, anthocyanosides in hibiscus play a fantastic role in improving UR skin’s health by guarding it against radical damage and delaying premature skin ageing. Hibiscus tea is also known to help improve uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and discolouration too!
Benefits of hibiscus tea
Filled with antioxidants
Essential antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body. Did you know that free radical compounds can cause harm to the body if their levels are too high? These free radical compounds are usually linked to multiple illnesses like; diabetes, heart disease and cancer only when we neglect our well-being. These antioxidants protect you from cell damage. This indeed delays the premature ageing of the skin.
Great for skin
The presence of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) with citric and malic acids starts its magic by getting rid of the stubborn and unwanted dead skin cells. Research also states that these AHAs may and can also increase the thickness among each skin layer, which makes our skin firm and youthful. Hibiscus is a fab remedy for common skin concerns like uneven skin tone, discolouration, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
As we age, our skin tends to go through some inevitable changes too. Elastin is a protein that is responsible for keeping our skin youthful and radiant. An enzyme called elastase breaks down elastin, which unfortunately results in sagging skin. However, myricetin a compound abundant in hibiscus slows the elastase enzyme and protects UR skin from early ageing signs like wrinkles, loose or saggy skin.
The flavonoids present in the flowers directly or indirectly aid the release of dopamine and serotonin, the happy hormones. Since there is much more to be discovered on this, it is advised to take a doctor’s opinion before drinking the tea if you are pregnant or hyperallergic.
The traditional value of hibiscus flowers is prevalent. Since the ancient Egyptians, these flowers were used to treat upset stomach, bacterial infection, high blood pressure and lowering the body temperature. Not only in Asian traditional medicine, but this versatile tea is deeply rooted in almost every culture.