The weather man said it was going to be hot today. I am such a hot weather wienie, so such news sent me into my usual hot weather freak out…
First make a batch of Hibiscus cooler. Then get errands done before noon so I can retreat to my cool cave (north facing master bedroom) with a chilled glass of Hibiscus Cooler avoiding the hottest part of the day. Whew!
Hibiscus is a sacred flower in India used to balance first and second chakra disorders. Hibiscus flowers help purify the blood, support the circulatory system, reproductive system and kidney function, improve complexion and promote hair growth. The flowers can be made into a refreshing drink to eliminate excess heat from the body. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, so this drink can be taken in the winter served warm with a little extra ginger to help relieve and prevent the flu.
Hibiscus Cooler Recipe
8 cups of water
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup dried hibiscus leaves
1 teaspoon -1 1/2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger (use less ginger in warmer weather, use more ginger in cooler weather)
Natural sweetener of your choice-honey, agave or maple syrup
In medium saucepan boil water. Add hibiscus flowers, cinnamon and ginger. Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten to taste. Serve chilled with a sprig of mint or warm in the winter with a lemon wedge.