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Hibiscus Tea

By Yogi Baba Prem, Yogacharya, Veda Visharada,

Note: This information is not intended to diagnose or prescribe treatment.  It is for educational purposes only.  Consult with your doctor.  This is contraindicated for pregnancy. 

Each summer, we enjoy a lovely drink-Hibiscus tea.


Here is my personal recipe:
1. Ratio--4 flowers to two cups of water.
2. Pick petals from each flower and carefully rinse.
3. Bring water to a boil, turn off heat, place petals only in water.
4. Cover and steep for 15 minutes but no longer.
5. Strain as you pour into cup and sweeten with favorite sweetener.  We use stevia that we grow to sweeten our tea. 

If you want the color of your tea to become very vibrant, add a few drops of fresh lemon.  Otherwise, the color is a lovely dark red. 

This tea is cooling to the body and mind.  Traditionally, it is used to calm Pitta (Fire/Water) and as a blood cleanser.  It is contraindicated for high Vata, or if one has chills. 

The hibiscus flower is sacred to Shiva and Ganesh, but can be used for many forms of divinity.  It is beneficial for the muladhara (root or first) chakra and can aid in meditation.  Hibiscus can also aid in purifying the spiritual heart, as well. 

Note: we grow our own hibiscus, so we know that it has not been treated with chemicals.  Only use petals that you know are safe and free of pesticides and fertilizers. 
For those that have dehydrators, you can pick many flowers and dehydrate them to make tea when the there may not be enough fresh flowers. 

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Yogi Baba Prem

  • Yogi Baba Prem has two books published in India, and has written numerous other books published by Universal Yoga. 

 

  • His articles have appeared in several traditional magazines and a variety of e-magazines.