Hibiscus tea popularly called Sobolo is a delicious, healthy drink made from the petals of the Hibiscus flower and is widely appreciated drink in most parts of Africa and the world.Sobolo has gained much popularity among Ghanaians, so much so that there are many variations of the drink now, with added flavours to improve taste and also the innovative ideas like Sobolo cocktails and so on. However, there are important health benefits to the drink too, and here are four of them:
1. It reduces blood pressure: Drinking a significant amount of Sobolo per day has shown to reduce blood pressure levels in hypertensive adults. Incorporating Sobolo into one’s diet helps to control blood pressure.
2. It lowers cholesterol levels: Sobolo helps to reduce the cholesterol in one’s system. Lowered cholesterol levels also lead to reduced risk of heart disease.
3. It helps in weight loss: Studies have shown that drinking a cup of Sobolo after meals has been known to aid in weight control. The oxidants in the Hibiscus tea helps to reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates and helps in weight loss.
4.It helps to protect the immune system: Sobolo is shown to prevent constipation and bladder infections. It strengthens the immune system by protecting it from colds and other bacterial infections and also increases the defence mechanisms against other infections.
3 cups of dried hibiscus leaf
3 cups of sugar
3 cups of boiling water (for the sugar syrup)
5 litres of boiling water (for the brewing of the leaves)
You’d need a sieve, two big bowls. And some cups to drink it in!
Pour the leaves into a big bowl
Pour in a boiling water
Let it sit for about an hour or more
Let it sit for about an hour or more (cover it while it brews)
Make a sugar syrup from sugar and boiling water then stir
Pour together the syrup and sobolo juice.
Add 2 tablespoon of liquid vanilla
Cut up some apples (or watermelons), orange rind slices into the sobolo to garnish it. You may also use cucumber.
In short, cut up any fruit or veggies inside that you feel comfortable with, especially citrus (for extra flavour).
You have absolutely nothing to lose but so much to gain for taking a chilled glass of sobolo. So, instead of buying those cartons of fruit juice, why don’t you make this easy drink? Its just like making tea! And it taste superb too.