Category Archives: Loose Leaf Hibiscus Tea
Okay, this is just too cute not to share.
This is Alfie, a tiny sloth from Costa Rica, and he’s devouring a hibiscus flower like it’s the best thing in the world. The sloths eat hibiscus flowers like candy.
Of course, now you may be wondering, do the flowers taste as good to humans? We know they are delicious when dried and used for hibiscus tea. But fresh flowers?
Yep, you can eat hibiscus flowers raw.
Or suck out the sweet nectar from the flower hearts. Eat First Think Later has neat pictures on how to find the sweet nectar at the bottom of the flower.
I never heard of this until today, but there is a drink out there called Spribiscus. Isn’t that a great name?
I think this is maybe a Southern thing. Or at least a Texas thing, because I found it listed on this menu for a café in Austin, TX. Makes sense, you need creative recipes for cool drinks in really hot weather.
Anyway, you can probably guess what Spribiscus is made out of, just from the name.
It’s hibiscus ice tea and Sprite, mixed together.
I had to try this out for myself, so I bought some Sprite to test this recipe.
I made my usual strong hibiscus tea from dried hibiscus flowers, let it steep, let it cool, then poured it into a glass I’d half-filled with Sprite and ice.
(If you want to know how to make hibiscus ice tea, you can find the recipe here.)
Love the taste!
Turns out Spribiscus is a really, really nice variation on basic iced hibiscus tea.
You get the fruity, flowery taste of the hibiscus, combined with a refreshing hint of citrus and nice bubbles from the Sprite.
Add lots of ice…ahhh.
As far as I’m concerned, Spribiscus is my new favorite summer drink.
Sometimes it feels like a waste to use foodstuffs for non food purposes. Like an avocado face mask, a cucumber eye treatment, or a tea rinse for your hair.
Still, the hibiscus tea rinse I’m going to talk about is worth a small guilty feeling.
What Can Hibiscus Tea Do for Your Hair?
As you know if you’ve ever made hibiscus tea, the tea itself is a ruby-red, and it leaves stains if you happen to spill any.
It can also leave red color in your hair — if your hair is light enough, and if the hibiscus tea you use for the rinse is strong enough.
It’s not like a regular hair dye; don’t expect the kind of spectacular, long-lasting results you would get from unadulterated henna. After you wash your hair a couple of times, the hibiscus stain will go away.
But then, that’s also the charm of this rinse. You can try it out without worrying that it will actually dye your hair without any way to remove the color, the way henna does.
Several dark-haired people on the Long Hair Forum who have tried a hibiscus tea rinse have reported that it didn’t add color to their hair at all.
Instead, the tea gave their hair extra softness and shine, the kind you get from a really good conditioner. So it’s worth trying, just for that, I think.
Hibiscus Tea Rinse Recipe
- Make hibiscus tea from tea bags or loose tea leaves, following this recipe.
- Do not remove the tea bags or tea infuser from the tea!
- Instead, let the tea steep for a much longer time, at least 1 hour, but you can leave it as long as 24 hours. It won’t spoil.
- Take out the tea bags or leaves, and pour the tea into a glass container that’s easy to pour from. Don’t use plastic, or it will stain!
- When you take a shower, wash your hair with your usual shampoo and conditioner. Then pour the hibiscus tea rinse over your hair.
- Leave the hibiscus rinse in your hair and let it dry naturally.
If you try this herbal rinse, please let me know in the comments or via email how it works out for you! I’d love to add some photos and make a ‘before and after’ series.
I love hibiscus tea, and for me, that means loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea is all natural: just tea leaves. Or in this case, hibiscus flower petals. That way you get the pure taste of the hibiscus flower. I’m just not as big a fan of teabags, though they’re certainly useful when you’re on the move or at the office.
My favorite loose leaf hibiscus tea is Davidson’s organic hibiscus tea: gorgeous, fragrant flower petals for your tea, sold at a bulk price. And it’s organic, so you know it’s free from pesticides and other evils.
One bag will last you a long, long time. I usually do about three months with mine, but I drink a lot of hibiscus tea. Yours might last as long as six months or even more.
8 Reasons Why I Love Davidson’s Hibiscus Tea
- pure flower petals for lots of taste
- delicious, flowery, soothing fragrance
- 100% hibiscus flower, no added ingredients
- 100% certified organic tea
- relieves stress
- can lower your blood pressure
- full of natural vitamin C
You wouldn’t expect a simple loose leaf tea to get that many great reviews, would you? For example:
“This is the best Hibiscus tea I tried. It contains whole hibiscus flowers, not dust and dirt like many bagged teas, and the taste is wonderful.”
“I’m not a huge fan of herbal tea, but the taste of this tea is OK, and it is a great value and easy to brew. What I really love about it, however, is that after drinking it for a couple of weeks, it has noticeably reduced my blood pressure. I try to drink two cups a day, and am hoping it will bring my numbers down even more with a little bit of time. Very happy to have found this natural remedy!”
The pure hibiscus tea is even in the top 3 of Davidson’s best selling teas, though they have more than 500 teas and tea products listed at Amazon.
I’m also a big fan of other Davidson’s teas, but I do think the hibiscus tea is best of all, because it’s also so good for you. It’s herbal, it’s full of Vitamin C, and there are studies that show that it can lower your blood pressure.
Plus, you can mix it with other teas to create your own blend. For example, I like to mix hibiscus and rooibos tea, hibiscus and rosehip tea, or hibiscus and cranberry tea together whenever I feel like a different flavor. This way, I make my own natural organic tea blends, without having to buy a gazillion flavored teas. And they taste better, too.