The benefits of hibiscus tea include lowering blood pressure, regulating cholesterol levels in people with diabetes and delivering antioxidant effects. Although more evidence is needed, hibiscus tea may also be effective for treating other health conditions, such as constipation, colds, stomach irritation, loss of appetite, fluid retention and nerve disease.
Some researchers also believe that hibiscus tea can decrease spasms in the gastrointestinal tract and uterus and kill bacteria and worms. Because of a lack of research about hibiscus, it is not recommended as a standard treatment for any health problem, and it is best to speak to a physician prior to using hibiscus tea to cure ailments. Because it is rich in copper, iron and manganese, drinking too much hibiscus tea is not advised because of the chance of adverse reactions.
Pregnant women should also avoid hibiscus, as it has the potential to start menstruation and cause miscarriage. The safety of drinking hibiscus tea while breastfeeding is unknown, and therefore, it is not recommended. Hibiscus is a bushy annual plant that is thought to be native to Africa. Besides making tea, parts of the flower are used to make Karkade, a popular drink in Egypt. Other parts of the plant may be used in soups, sauces, jams and spices.