Hot hibiscus tea is delicious on its own, but when you mix it with ginger and mint you get a refreshing and invigorating elixir that lowers your blood pressure, eases digestion, and boosts cognitive function.
That’s why today Stephanie from My Tiny Laguna Kitchen is sharing with us her recipe for a healing and refreshing Hibiscus Mint Ginger latte. It’s the perfect twist to your regular hibiscus tea!
Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus, also known as Roselle, is a tropical plant native to the tropics and subtropics, and its flowers have been traditionally enjoyed as a hot or cold tea.
Hibiscus tea has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat anemia, inflammation, and other ailments, and research now confirms it has powerful blood pressure lowering effects in humans.
Studies show that…
- Daily consumption of hibiscus tea lowers blood pressure in adults with pre and mild hypertension.[*]
- Drinking 3 glasses of hibiscus tea daily for 4 weeks significantly decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with mild hypertension and type II diabetes.[*]
- Hibiscus lowered oxidative stress in male athletes.[*]
- Hibiscus reduced triglyceride levels in people with high cholesterol.[*]
According to the American Heart Association, 1 out of every 3 Americans has high blood pressure, so hibiscus tea is a safe and effective way to manage this common condition.
If you’re not sure whether your blood pressure is high or not, you’re not alone. According to the Mayo Clinic, those with high blood pressure often don’t notice it:
“Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.”
Your blood pressure can rise permanently if you’re overweight, don’t exercise, or have a family history of high blood pressure. In addition, it can temporarily increase thanks to environmental changes, such as stress, not sleeping well, or drinking heavily.
Since having high blood pressure increases your risk of stroke, aneurysms, and heart failure, you might want to add hibiscus tea to your regular brews!
Hibiscus tea is also rich in vitamin C. You can find 72% of your daily requirements in just one 8 oz cup.
Aside from hibiscus, this latte contains additional healing ingredients:
- A calming adaptogen blend (or sub ginger & Ashwagandha powder): An adaptogen is a natural herb, root, or plant that makes your body more resistant to stress. For instance, ashwagandha is a herb well-known for lowering stress and anxiety, improving memory, and enhancing sleep. Ginger eases digestion and strengthens your immune system.
- Mint leaves: Fresh mint is calming for your gut. Studies show it can reduce stomach pain, bloating, stomach aches, belching and general gastric discomfort.[*]
With its blood pressure-lowering, gut-calming, and stress-fighting properties, this latte can help you power through any hectic day.
Hibiscus Mint Ginger Latte
Prepare this healing and refreshing Hibiscus Mint Ginger latte. It’s the perfect twist to your regular hibiscus tea! Hot hibiscus tea is delicious on its own, but when you mix it with ginger and mint you get a refreshing and invigorating elixir that lowers your blood pressure, eases digestion, and boosts cognitive function.
- 1 Packet Pique Hibiscus Mint Tea
- 1/2 Teaspoon Calming Adaptogen or sub ginger & Ashwagandha powder
- 1 Teaspoon fresh mint leaves optional
- 8 Ounces filtered water
- 1/4 Cup steamed almond milk
- 1/4 Teaspoon vanilla powder
Heat up 8 oz of water and pour in your Pique Hibiscus Mint tea packet – it will dissolve right away – on the warm up your almond milk and when done froth.
- Optional to pour an extra packet into almond milk for extra taste – add in your ginger powder and froth. ENJOY!
Benefits of Hibiscus Mint
1. Aids digestion
Antioxidants are molecules that help fight compounds called free radicals, which cause damage to your cells. Hibiscus is rich in powerful antioxidants and may, therefore, help prevent damage and disease caused by the buildup of free radicals.
Hibiscus is a super plant that increases both urination and bowel movements. Since it has diuretic properties, it is also used to treat constipation, which helps you lose weight and improve the health of your gastrointestinal system (GI tract). Mint has also been linked to reducing pain, stomach upset, and other symptoms of IBS, largely because of the anti-spasmodic effects of methanol found in the stuff. Regardless, the soothing properties of mint may lend a hand in addition to helping you stay hydrated (and warm!) during dry winter months.
2. It’s anti-inflammatory
Like other plant-based foods (veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, and 100% whole grains), mint contains phytonutrients with antioxidant-like properties, which may reduce cellular damage caused by oxidative stress. What’s more, the primary anti-inflammatory compounds of mint may limit the initiation of chronic inflammation.
And since one food can’t exactly undo the effects of an otherwise poor-quality diet: Use mint for cooking and flavoring with veggie-heavy, plant-based meals and snacks — not solely for health benefits.
3. It’s got immune-boosting benefits
In addition to its antioxidant activities, 1/4 cup of flavorful spearmint provides nearly half of your daily needs of vitamin A. The plant-based form of the vitamin helps protect your cells from damage by scavenging free radicals that can cause damage to organ tissue, helping reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Another possible benefit: Compounds found in peppermint leaves have been linked to inhibiting enzymes that promote tumors.
4. It may help protect against harmful bacteria
Some research has linked the anti-bacterial compounds in mint’s essential oils — carvone and limonene — to helping reduce your risk of potentially harmful bacteria, both the type found in affected food and within your GI tract. What’s more, some early research has linked these compounds to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness when used in food storage and preservation. Generally, the wide array of immune-protecting nutrients found in different types of herbs and spices (including mint!) have been studied for their possible benefits in protecting our immune systems from disease-causing disruption, but with that in mind: More research still needs to be done to fully evaluate how impactful these substances are on protecting immunity. For now, adding mint to meals and snacks shouldn’t replace any of your current food safety practices, but they may enhance them!
Benefits of Ginger:
- It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and is closely related to turmeric cardamom, and galangal.
- Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine.
- It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few.
Benefits of Ashwagandha:
- It’s an Ancient Medicinal Herb
- It Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels
- It Has Anti-Cancer Properties
- It Can Reduce Cortisol Levels
- It May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety
- It May Reduce Symptoms of Depression