Hibiscus Tea for Weight Loss

Get one step closer to your weight loss goals by making healthy, sweet, and revitalizing Hibiscus Tea!

Nothing beats the flavor and nutrition you can get from homemade herbal tea. From the rich red color of the tea alone, you can already tell that it’s going to be a life-changer.

It’s one of the best drinks to serve anytime. I usually make it for breakfast, but it tastes equally delicious when enjoyed with snacks or desserts.

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Not only will you love its flavor, but you will also appreciate how good it is for your health. Prepare to experience how helpful Hibiscus Tea can be for your weight loss and fitness journey!

How to Make Hibiscus Tea

With only two ingredients, you can make a refreshing, cooling, and satisfying Hibiscus Tea. Grab your electric kettle because it will come in handy in this special recipe.


These are all you need to make Hibiscus Tea:


Not only is hibiscus good for your garden, but it also works wonders on your health, especially weight loss.

What makes hibiscus one of the best plants for homemade tea? It has a mix of sweet, sour, and tangy flavors that will remind you of cranberries and pomegranates.

The hibiscus flowers have no fragrance, but when infused in water, it releases a fruity and floral scent that makes them an appetizing drink. The rich red color will also leave you craving more!

Quick Tip!

  • Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that can cleanse your body and boost your immune system. 
  • According to Cleveland Clinic, hibiscus is also good for your blood pressure.
  • You can boost your immunity by regularly adding hibiscus to your diet.
  • An article by Aduna mentioned that hibiscus can relieve stress and fatigue for restful sleep.
  • Moreover, hibiscus is loaded with nutrients for effective and healthy weight loss.

You should definitely consider using more hibiscus in your meals. Aside from its flavor and quality, it will also keep you healthy, energized, and relaxed!

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Pineapple juice

Hibiscus Tea always tastes better with a sweetener. In this recipe, I suggest adding Pineapple Juice for a sweet, tropical, and tarty flavor.

Quick Tip!

  • Pineapples have bromelain, which helps with boosting your digestion and metabolism.
  • Everyday Health also mentioned that pineapples may be sweet, but they have good effects on weight loss too.
  • These fruits promote bone health to keep you physically active and fit.

Just like the tea, pineapple juice is also easy to make at home. You can make it with a juicer or without a juicer! Most importantly, pineapple juice has lots of health benefits on its own.

With the fusion of flavors of the hibiscus and pineapple juice, I can assure you that you will enjoy every sip of Hibiscus Tea!


Remember this recipe because you’ll certainly make it more often.

  1. Boil water in a teapot or electric kettle.
  2. Add the hibiscus flowers to the brew.
  3. Then, toss in the pineapple juice cubes to sweeten.
  4. Let the tea steep for ten minutes.
  5. Once the flavor is fully diffused, the tea is ready to serve and drink!

And that is how simple and easy it is to make this healthy Hibiscus Tea!



Dried Hibiscus Flowers vs. Fresh Hibiscus Flowers

Whichever you choose between dried and fresh flowers is suitable for tea. The challenge with fresh flowers is they are not readily available in supermarkets. If you have access to hibiscus plants, then you can utilize the flowers for tea. 

When selecting dried hibiscus flowers, buy dark pink ones in the shade for a floral flavor and scent. These flowers can diffuse a beautiful color and fruity taste to the tea. 

How to Dry Hibiscus Flowers

In case you have hibiscus in your garden, here’s how you can dry them:

  1. First, gently peel the petals off of the stem.
  2. Then, rinse and pat them dry.
  3. You can dry the flowers under the sun for four to five days.
  4. If you have a dehydrator, then set it at 30 minutes to one hour to dry the flowers. 

Quick Tip!

While dried hibiscus flowers can last a long time, they still need to store correctly. You can put the flowers in a glass jar and cover them with an airtight lid. Dried flowers can last up to 2 years! 

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Hibiscus Tea Variations

The best thing about hibiscus tea is that it’s already delicious and nutritious on its own. You can add a pineapple juice cube, honey, lime juice, sugar, strawberries, and apples for added flavor.

Adding other flavors and ingredients to the tea can greatly enhance its taste. For instance, a squeeze of lemon juice can make it taste slightly tangy. Hibiscus can also be used to make a refreshing Zobo Drink

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How to Make Hibiscus Tea Without a Teapot

No teapot? No problem! You can simply put Hibiscus flowers in a pot or glass of hot water. After letting it brew for at least five minutes, filter the contents into a new container. 

You can also combine the flowers, sweeteners, and water in a pot. Let them boil over low to medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the contents with a fine-mesh sieve, and you have yourself your own Hibiscus Tea! 

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How to Serve Hibiscus Tea

The best time to serve hibiscus tea is ten minutes after brewing it. It’s a classic hot tea perfect for breakfast and an after-dinner drink. You can also serve it with ice for a refreshing hibiscus iced tea. 

If you have guests, then you can improve your presentation by adding some touches of green, like mint leaves and lemon slices. You may also add sparkling water after the tea is brewed. 

Alternatively, drink Hibiscus Tea in the evening for better sleep quality. With this beverage, you can drink your late-night cravings away.

Here are also some recipes you can enjoy with the tea:

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Hibiscus tea can sit at room temperature for at least eight hours.

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  • In the fridge: To refrigerate the tea, pour it into a pitcher and place it in the fridge to last up to a week. You can also put it in a container
  • To freeze: Pour it into a resealable bag and place it in the freezer. It can last up to several months in the freezer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hibiscus tea good for?

Hibiscus Tea is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and essential vitamins for tremendous health benefits. This drink also has blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight loss nutrients!

Is it safe to drink hibiscus tea every day?

Yes, it is! However, limit yourself to up to three cups of hibiscus tea per day only. Hibiscus tea can also function as a mild laxative, so if you have to work during the day, you can drink it after dinner or early in the morning. 

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What to avoid when drinking hibiscus tea?

WebMD suggests drinking hibiscus tea with caution, especially if you have low or high blood pressure. It can also cause reactions to medications for diabetes.

Hibiscus tea is also not suggested for expecting mothers as this can be unsafe for babies.

Does hibiscus tea have side effects?

Yes, hibiscus tea can have side effects, especially if you drink too much of it. The drink can cause vomiting and nausea, so remember to drink it in moderation.

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Hibiscus Tea

5 from 1 vote
Hibiscus Tea is an easy, simple, and delicious drink that you can incorporate into your diet. It’s not just for weight loss, it’s also for overall health and mood improvement!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Course Drinks, Tea
Cuisine North Africa, Southeast Asia
Calories 12kcal


  • 5 Hibiscus flowers
  • 3 tbsp Pineapple juice (frozen cubes) as sweetner
  • 2 cups Water


  • Combine hot water and hibiscus flowers in a teapot.
    To brew the tea, add at least two hibiscus flowers in hot water. If you want a stronger flavor, you can add more hibiscus flowers. You can use fresh or dried hibiscus flowers, depending on which ones are accessible to you.
  • Add a pineapple juice cube as a sweetener.
    For the sweetener, I recommend using a pineapple juice cube for a healthy option. You may also opt for sugar or honey.
  • Leave to diffuse.
    Wait at least 10 minutes to allow the hibiscus flowers to diffuse their flavor and scent.



  • Hibiscus tea that has been left at room temperature for longer than 8 hours should be discarded.
  • The best time to drink hibiscus tea is at night to prevent cravings and sleep better!
  • This is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women, and babies aged 12 months and below. 
  • You can use fresh or dried hibiscus flowers, depending on which ones are accessible.
  • You may also opt for maple syrup or honey as an alternative sweetener.
  • If you want a stronger flavor, you can add more flowers.


Serving: 1 (of 2)Calories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
Keyword beverage, healthy drink, hibiscus flower tea, Hibiscus tea, sorrel tea, Tea

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