The hibiscus flower is used as a main ingredient in many commercial products for weight loss. It helps the body lose weight in two ways. Firstly it acts as a laxative, increase our urine quantity. This reduces the water volume in the body and makes you appear thinner. Secondly it reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs. So even if eat a fatty meal, it does not get on you much. If you do not want to reduce weight using commercial products that contain Hibiscus, you can use the flower to make tea at home and drink it. This way you keep it natural. Our step by step guide tells you how to brew the perfect Hibiscus tea.
Make Hibiscus Tea:
Hibiscus tea is the most popular form of using hibiscus. Bring 2 cup water to boil in a tea pot and add 1 tablespoon hibiscus leaves to it. Let it simmer for five to ten minutes. You can also add different spices to like cinnamon or fennel or cloves to get your favorite flavor.
On average, you should take two cups of hibiscus tea in a day. Ideally it should be in the morning or at night. If you are a tea or coffee lover, you can simply replace the drinks with hibiscus tea. The best thing is it does not have much calories of its own and helps you take off those from other meals.
Another way to get the same effects from hibiscus is to make a juice out of it. You will need:
- Petals only from 10 large hibiscus flowers (chopped finely)
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/2 cup of boiling water
- 1/2 cup of sugar
Make a sugar syrup out of the sugar and water. Now add the petals to the lemon juice and heat in the microwave for 2 minutes. Combine the syrup and lemon juice mixture together in a saucepan and cook until the mixture become thick and is reduced to 1/3rd volume of the original. Strain out the solution and cool it in the refrigerator. Whenever you want to make the juice, add two tablespoon of this concentrated solution in a glass of water.
This is as good as the hibiscus tea. Like the tea, you can replace your beverages with it and add extra lime juice for a more tangy taste.
Some people add rose wine to lemon juice and hibiscus syrup to make a hibiscus champagne. It tastes good but is not quite helpful for weight loss because the wine gives you empty calories.
The transformation takes time to happen. Drink the tea regularly. However do not depend altogether only on this method of weight loss. Switch to less fatty healthy food and exercise regularly. Only an integration of all these is going to bring a long term change.