With its large, ruby colored flowers that bloom in the morning and wilt by the afternoon, hibiscus can be a spectacular feature in any garden. There is also the spiritual side to hibiscus. The tropical flower is believed to have the power to bring you closer to your loved ones -- it stands for delicate beauty, sensuality, and peace. In Asia, the hibiscus is held in high regard, and in the Victorian era, the flowers were often sent as gifts, indicating the beauty of the recipient. Hibiscus tea has a delicate taste and unique healing properties, and just might awaken peaceful and beautiful sensations in the drinker.
In Africa and Asia, hibiscus has treated high blood pressure for centuries. Recent research suggests consuming hibiscus tea daily could help regulate blood pressure as successfully as prescribed medication. Taking hibiscus tea once a day (ten grams, or about five teaspoons of crushed hibiscus flower) for 12 days, can lower blood pressure by 10%, which automatically reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
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