Lately my blood pressure has been a little higher than normal, so I did some research and decided that I would try to make some hibiscus tea, as the hibiscus flower has many health benefits , helps to lower blood pressure,helps to lower cholesterol, speeds up metabolism and boosts your immune system.
Worth a try I thought, as I have many bushes around me.
Step 1.So this is how I made my tea. First I dead headed the bush, then separated the stigma from the petals.
Then I separated the five petals and put them in the sun to dry.
Once dry I put them in a kilner jar.
I put a handful in my 700ml teapot and topped up with boiling water.
Let the petals soak for about 5 mins, then you can pour into a cup , or you can let it cool and pour in a glass. I usually use a little honey to sweeten it a little.
Well I have only being doing this for a week and my blood pressure has reduced from 145/95 to 128/85 much better.
The Agua Garcia forest is a natural paradise, not only is it very beautiful ,this enchanted forest is also very important to Tenerife, without it we would not have a big part of our natural water supply.
This fairy tale forest is lush with laurel trees, some of which are very old and these trees are called the Guardians of the forest.There are also many other species of trees here for example eucalyptus and delfino and the forest floor is carpeted with ivy, lichens and mosses.
All the species of the laurel forest have an important role to play in trapping and keeping the water. It contains over 20 evergreen trees like laurel and the canary island ebony .
In 1508, 12 years after the Spanish conquest, the countryside of Tacoronte and the natural springs therein were granted to a Spanish settler, Garcia de Morales.Over 500 years later this are is still known as Agua Garcia, “Garcias Water”.
On Sunday I did this walk guided by our local expert guide Andy Tomkins, you can find more information about all the walks in Tenerife on his website www.tenerife-guided-walks.com
Another great walk with spectacular scenery.
We visited the butterfly garden in Icod about an hour and half from where we stay. These are some of the photos I took.
This was a lovely walk to Taucho, through the pine forest. Beautiful scenery, and lovely company. 3 hour hike finished off with fish and chips provided by Palms Chippy. Thanks to Andy Tenerife Walker our guide.
This was my view this morning while I was having breakfast. Although I have been here for ten years now I still like how the view changes with the light.