How To Make Hibiscus Tea


Hibiscus, also called japa in Sanskrit, is astringent and sweet in taste with a cooling action. Through the lens of Ayurveda, it is said to decreases pitta (fire) and kapha (earth and water) in the body, and may increase vata (air and space) when used in excess.

Hibiscus flower is believed to help purify the blood and heart, while supporting the circulatory system as a whole. In Ayurveda, the blood is intrinsically linked to the skin. Herbs, like hibiscus, that support healthy blood flow may also help support healthy skin. Hibiscus has traditionally been used internally and externally as a beauty remedy for clear complexion and natural hair growth. It is also commonly used in natural remedies for women’s health and menstrual challenges.

Hibiscus Cinnamon Tea Recipe

If you’ve ever had Agua de Jamaica, you know that hibiscus and cinnamon make a delicious combination. But, did you also know that because hibiscus is cooling and cinnamon is heating, it’s a brilliantly balanced combination? The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda often recommends combining herbs with different properties to enhance the synergistic effect and potency of the recipe. Hibiscus Cinnamon Tea is classically sipped during the bleeding phase of the menstrual cycle which may help support a healthy flow and release. It is also a great way for those with more vata dosha (air and space) to enjoy hibiscus without cooling or drying the body too much.



  • Steep for 10-20 minutes, covered.
  • Stain and enjoy up to 3 cups daily — especially during menstruation.


  • Sub a pinch of cayenne for cinnamon.


Hibiscus Rose Sun Tea Recipe

This delicious sun tea recipe is a summertime must! Just add the herbs to the jar, fill with water and place in the sun for a couple of hours. The longer it sits, the deeper and more vibrant the color will become. Charging your infusion with the power of the sun is said to increase tejas, the subtle essence of pitta dosha, which supports discernment and radiance.


  • 1-2 Tbsp Organic Hibiscus Flower
  • 1-2 Tbsp Organic Rose Petals
  • 32 oz purified water
  • 1-quart glass jar with lid
  • Coconut sugar (optional)


  • Combine organic hibiscus flower, organic rose petals and water in a 1-quart glass jar.
  • Stir and/or shake until herbs are fully saturated.
  • Cover with a lid or cloth held in place by a rubber band.
  • Place in direct sunlight for 2-4 hours.
  • Strain and enjoy.
  • Stir in coconut sugar, as desired, for sweetness and replenishment.


  • Add 1-2 Tbsp dried tulsi leaves or a handful of fresh mint.

Hibiscus Pomegranate Elixir Recipe

Drinking pomegranate juice is believed to cool and soothe the skin in similar ways to hibiscus, so the two work well together. The added boost of sweet and astringent flavors is refreshing and enlivening. This beverage may be binding to the stools, so avoid it if you are experiencing constipation.


  • 1 tsp Organic Hibiscus Flower
  • 1-2 oz of pomegranate juice
  • ¼ - ½ tsp maple syrup
  • 12 oz purified water — cool or hot


  • Steep 1 tsp organic hibiscus flower in 12 oz of water. (If using cool water, steep for 20 minutes or more. If using hot water, steep for 20 minutes or less.)
  • Strain.
  • Stir in pomegranate juice and maple syrup.
  • Enjoy 1-2 cups daily in the summer, or when pitta dosha is elevated.


  • Make a more concentrated hibiscus tea (1 tsp in 4 oz hot water), let cool to room temperature, then add to sparkling water, along with pomegranate juice.

Full Moon Infused Hibiscus Tonic Recipe

The cooling rays of the moon are said to infuse water with healing and rejuvenating properties. To make this sacred tonic, simply place your liquid on the windowsill and let it bathe in the energy of the full moon overnight. The next day, sip it and set an intention for something that you are ready to release on this lunar cycle. See you if you can repeat this ritual again in one month on the next full moon.


  • ½ tsp Organic Hibiscus Flower
  • 8-12 oz purified water
  • A silver cup (optional)


  • Combine hibiscus flowers and purified water in a glass or silver cup.
  • Place indoors, in front of a window that you can see the full moon from.
  • Leave overnight, uncovered, to soak up the cooling soma of the moon’s rays.
  • The next day, strain and sip slowly.


Where to Buy Hibiscus Flowers

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At Starwest, we offer an extensive, diverse, and carefully curated selection of premium-quality botanicals, organic herbs, delicious spices, tantalizing teas, and 100% pure essential oils. If you are passionate about highest quality ingredients and all the standards — from USDA Organic, to Non-GMO, Fairtrade, and more — you are in the right place.

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Molly McConnell is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner who is committed to cultivating collective wellness. Guided by curiosity, embodied listening, and the rhythms of nature, Molly’s approach to Ayurveda is intentional and intersectional. As the cofounder ofCultivate Balance, she supports purpose-oriented people to come home to their bodies and restore resilience through nourishment, ritual, and routine. For a more immersive experience,Connect with Molly 1:1 or check outThe Reset for Resilience.