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Hibiscus Tea Infusion with Aged French Oak Extract - 75grams

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Dr Red's Hibiscus Tea Infusion with Aged French Oak Extract. 

Made from the deep magenta-coloured calyces of the Rosella Flower, we have added our infamous Aged French Oak Extract for a more potent infusion. A refreshing and invigorating drink, it has a fruity, tart, cranberry-like flavour. Hibiscus Tea Infusion can be consumed hot or cold and can be sweetened if desired.

Hibiscus Tea Infusion is Caffeine Free and brimming with the antioxidants that Hibiscus sabdariffa are renowned for.

Known as “Rosella” in Australia, “Sorrel” in Jamacia, Belize, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, “Red Sorrel in the wider Caribbean, “Agua/Rosa de Jamaica” in the USA, Mexico and Central America, “Karkade” in Africa, “Carcade or Italian Tea” in Italy, “Sour Tea” in Iran, “Zobo” or “Bissap” in African countries like Nigeria and a multitude of other names across many parts of the world. Hibiscus sabdariffa originates in Angola over 6000 years ago and is notable today associated with the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

Traditional use

Originally from Angola, Hibiscus sabdariffa is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico, and China. 

• In Egypt and Sudan, Hibiscus sabdariffa is used to help maintain a normal body temperature, support heart health, and encourage fluid balance.  
• North Africans have used Hibiscus sabdariffa internally for supporting upper respiratory health including the throat and also use it topically to support skin health  
• In Europe, Hibiscus sabdariffa has been employed to support upper respiratory health, alleviate occasional constipation, and promote proper circulation. It is commonly used in combination with lemon balm and St John’s Wort for restlessness and occasional difficulty falling asleep.
• Hibiscus sabdariffa is traditionally used for supporting normal blood pressure maintenance in Iran — a use that has been validated in several recent studies.


Approximately 15-30 percent of the hibiscus plant is made up of plant acids, including citric acid, malic acid, tartaric acid and allo-hydroxycitric acid lactone — i.e. hibiscus acid, which is unique to hibiscus. 

Hibiscus sabdariffa also contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine.  It also contains acidic polysaccharides and flavonoid glycosides, such as cyanidin and delphinidin, that give it its characteristic deep red colour. Other chemical constituents are many; however, some of the most important include alkaloids, anthocyanins, and quercetin. 


Scientific interest in Hibiscus sabdariffa has grown in the last several years, thanks to a small burst of published research studies — especially in regards to cholesterol and blood pressure maintenance.

Blood Pressure Management: A report from the AHA (American Heart Association) that was published in November of 2008 states that consuming Hibiscus sabdariffa lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also states that 1/3 of adults in the United States suffers from high blood pressure, which is also called hypertension. A study conducted by Odigie IP suggests that it has anti-hypertensive and cardio-protective properties that can be beneficial to people suffering from hypertension and those at high risks of various cardiovascular diseases.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Hibiscus sabdariffa can reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points, according to a research done at Tufts University in Boston. For this drastic improvement to occur, you need to consume three cups every day for a few weeks. Also, Hibiscus sabdariffa has diuretic properties that increase urination, simultaneously lowering blood pressure.

Lowering Cholesterol: Hibiscus tea also has impressive antioxidant properties. It helps to lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart diseases and protecting blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of Hibiscus sabdariffa can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders like diabetes. A research study conducted on patients with type II diabetes suggests that consumption of Hibiscus sabdariffa lowers cholesterol, triglycerides and low density lipo-protein cholesterol, which helps to manage this unpredictable disease.

Protects Liver: Research studies have also suggested that the antioxidant properties of Hibiscus sabdariffa may also help in treating liver disease. Antioxidants help to protect your body from diseases because they neutralize the free radicals present in body tissues and cells. Therefore, we can confidently say that drinking hibiscus tea could increase your lifespan by maintaining good overall health in many organ systems.

Anti-Cancer Properties: Hibiscus sabdariffa contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid which has anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at the Chung Shan Medical and Dental College, in Taichung, Taiwan suggests that Hibiscus sabdariffa slows down the growth of cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.

Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial Properties: Hibiscus tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It is an essential nutrient required by your body to boost and stimulate the activity of your immune system. Hibiscus sabdariffa is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Therefore, it prevents you from catching the cold and flu. Hibiscus sabdariffa is also used to treat discomfort caused by fever, due to its cooling effect.

Menstrual Pain: The health benefits of Hibiscus sabdariffa also include relief from cramps and menstrual pain. It helps in restoring hormone balance as well, which can reduce other symptoms of menstruation like mood swings, depression, and overeating.

Antidepressant Properties: Hibiscus sabdariffa contains vitamins and minerals like flavonoids which have antidepressant properties. Consumption of Hibiscus sabdariffa can help to calm down the nervous system, and it may reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body.

Aids Digestion: Many people drink Hibiscus sabdariffa to improve digestion. It 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 and avoid colorectal cancer.

Satiates Thirst: Hibiscus tea is also used in the same way as sports drinks in order to satiate thirst. For this purpose, an iced form of Hibiscus sabdariffa is typically consumed. Many people include it in their diet since this variety of the tea has the ability to cool down the body very fast. Also, it is rich in medicinal properties, like being a diuretic, which flushes out excess fluids and toxins from the body and guarantees that you will perform at your best!

Weight Loss: Hibiscus sabdariffa is also beneficial for losing weight. If you consume food that is rich in carbohydrates, that means that it contains sugar and starch, so you are likely to gain weight. However, research studies have suggested that Hibiscus sabdariffa extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose and may help with weight loss. Hibiscus sabdariffa inhibits the production of amylase, which helps in the absorption of carbohydrates and starch, so drinking Hibiscus sabdariffa prevents that absorption from occurring. Therefore, Hibiscus sabdariffa is found in many weight loss products.

Good for Both Summer and Winter: You can drink Hibiscus sabdariffa either as a hot tea or an iced tea. If you want to keep yourself warm in the winter, brew it and drink it straight away. It only takes few minutes to make. In case you do not want to drink it hot, perhaps in the summer, you have the option to drink Hibiscus sabdariffa iced tea. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare it properly, and then you can cool yourself off in a healthy, refreshing way.

Great Taste: Hibiscus sabdariffa tea has a taste that is very similar to cranberry juice. It can definitely be described as tart, so you can add sugar or honey to increase the sweetness. Also, you can try adding spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger depending on your taste preferences.

Hibiscus sabdariffa Tea – Safety

Although Hibiscus sabdariffa is a health enhancer and a natural weight loss booster, there are some possible side effects you should be aware of.

Blood Pressure: The health benefits of Hibiscus sabdariffa include lowering blood pressure (anti-hypertensive property). Therefore, it is not recommended for people that already have low blood pressure, a condition called hypotension. It may cause faintness, dizziness and can even damage the heart or brain if it is consumed by an individual with low blood pressure.

Pregnancy and Fertility: Hibiscus sabdariffa is not recommended for pregnant women, particularly due to its emmenagogue effects which may stimulate menstruation or blood flow in the uterus or pelvic region. For those undergoing hormonal treatments or taking birth control pills, it is recommended to consult your health specialist regarding consumption of Hibiscus sabdariffa tea, and let them give you a yes or no.

Hallucinatory Effect: Some people may feel intoxicated or experience hallucination when drinking Hibiscus sabdariffa tea. Therefore, you should be somewhat cautious until you know how your body react to the tea. Don’t drive a car or try anything particularly dangerous until you know what its effects are on your system.

Allergy: Some people might develop allergic reactions such as itchy red eyes, sinus, or hay fever when consuming Hibiscus sabdariffa tea.

Paracetamol: Be sure not to combine Hibiscus sabdariffa with Paracetamol, or any other drug containing acetaminophen. The diuretic effect of the beverage may enhance the speed that releases acetaminophen from the body. Although there are plenty of health benefits of Hibiscus sabdariffa tea, it is best to consult with your primary healthcare provider before using the herbal tea.

Not many people are aware that almost 15-30% of Hibiscus sabdariffa tea is composed of organic acids. These acids are malic acid, tartaric acid and citric acid. These acids are commonly found in many fruits such as grapes and wine. They help in boosting immunity, promoting better skin, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, managing inflammation, and improving digestive issues. Hibiscus sabdariffa tea has diuretic and choleretic effects, thus controlling blood viscosity by reducing blood pressure and enhancing digestion.

Hibiscus Tea Nutrition Chart

Below is a hibiscus tea nutrition chart. It is a helpful reference tool with all the detailed information of a 100 gram serving size of Hibiscus sabdariffa tea:




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* N/A—Not Applicable


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