Rosella (Hibiscus Sabdariffa)

We recently stumbled upon this amazing plant while searching for alternative healthy tea varieties.

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Rosella is also called “Tea of the Pharaohs” and as I explored Rosella’s multiple health benefits I realised it may as well be called “Pharaoh of the Teas”!

Egyptian Red is known to be one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. By strengthening the immune system it helps fight off colds and infections. It also helps to reduce high blood pressure and has anti-cancer benefits.

After reading this far I was very intrigued and wanted to know more!

Egyptian Red contains Quercetin. Quercitin may help reduce symptoms like fatigue, depression and anxiety. It can also improve liver diseases such as hepatitis and alleviate constipation, bladder infections and water retention. The anti-histamine action may help to relieve allergic symptoms and asthma symptoms ,anti-inflammatory properties may help to reduce pain from disorders such as arthritis. 

The good reports kept heading my way:

* Boosts immune system
* Normalizes blood sugar
* Regulates uric acid
* Lowers cholesterol
* Benificial for skin
* Protects from infections
* Contains lots of Omega 3’s
* Regulates your metabolism
* Soothes cold symptoms
* Opens a blocked nose
* Clears up mucus
* Astringent
* Promotes healthy kidney function
* Improves digestion
* General tonic
* Diuretic (pee ready to go to the toilet!)
* Helps reduce fever

Naturally we had to grow some Ingadi Rosella and a few months later, with the least amount of watering, our plants started to flower! After harvesting and drying the flower calyx we made our own Hibiscus Sabdariffa tea straight from Ingadi. This tea is also delicious ice cold on a hot summers day. Perfect for hydrating us in our gardening endeavors, especially if you add a touch of Rooibos but we’ll get to that tea that later…

So go on, treat yourself to this amazing health tonic!

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~ by emmertjie on June 9, 2013.

2 Responses to “Rosella (Hibiscus Sabdariffa)”

  1. How do you grow? Can you get seeds locally?

    • They were really easy to grow and like a warm, sunny spot. Hardly had to water them at all! We purchased our seeds on ebay. We let some of the flowers go to seed so give us a shout if you want any 🙂 You’ll have to wait a bit before planting as its recommended to plant them in spring and summer.

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