Tea: Hibiscus & Chamomile
The plant kingdom is unquestioningly something to marvel at. It amazes me that we can consume plants in so many ways; One of my favorites being dried and steeped in the form of tea. The abundance, array, and benefits of tea is (almost) endless. A cup of tea can be warming or cooling, calming or energizing, and yet always rejuvenating. There are teas to support the liver and mineralize the body, teas to help you sleep better, calm down, gain clarity, improve memory, and... the list goes on.
The plants that we make tea out of have these effects due to their nutrient content; they are usually high in minerals, antioxidants, and other trace nutrients that support the body and help its systems to heal and maintain or gain homeostasis.
There are some teas though, that have an above-average mouthwatering kick. Hibiscus flower is one of them. It‘s tart, vibrant, and the color it produces is stunning. Hibiscus tea is full of antioxidants (which creates its color), is anti-inflammatory, and supports the immune, heart, and detox systems.
Chamomile is another one of my favorites. It's antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, relaxes the muscles, helps promote healing (everything from cuts to colds), and is used for an assortment of ailments like stomach aches, eczema, headaches, and stress.
So when these two flowers get paired up, the result is a soothing and therapeutic yet invigorating drink. I love this combination so much that when it came to writing a recipe, one just wasn’t enough.
Here are three recipe variations of our hibiscus + chamomile duo:
- Granta with Coconut Cream : tart & slightly sweet
- Ice tea with Ginger : Vibrant with a splash of zing
- Hot Mineralizing Tea with Nettles : Sweet & Earthy