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.
2016 Photochallenge, week 24 – National, State and Local Flowers challenge.
Tenerifes national flower is the Canary Bellflower, which only grows in certain parts of Tenerife, I was on a guided walk yesterday in Teide National Park and took these photos of a Tajinaste which is endemic to Tenerife, it is also know as the “tower of jewels” because of all the little pink flowers all the way up its 5 to 8 foot height.I have posted a full view in comments.
This was my entry this week, learning so much from the challenges.
This is a close up of the flower. The tree is commonly known as the common coral tree, and has flowers when all the leaves fall off.
Here is my collection of flowers.
A few months ago in I mentioned wanting to start a diary about nature well this is my first entry.
Thorn Apples are also called Datura or in spanish Hieba del Diablo translated means Herb of the devil. They are poisonous and related to deadly nightshade.
Although poisonous they are very pretty, and found in waste ground in Tenerife.
Thorn Apple growing at side of road.
spiky seed pods
close up of seed pod
very alien-ish inside pod.
Love the colour, there are so many shades, here are some of the photos I
This is my lavender plant.
This is a plant I found in the courtyard of an old hotel in Adeje, I really liked the colour.
This is a photo of an orchid I took at Loro Parque a while ago, I had not thought of seeing if I could sharpen it until now, am really pleased with the result.
this is the original
Spring when I lived in the UK was when crocuses came out flowers and trees budded, here in Tenerife it is a bit different, but I still see buds at this time of year.
This is a geranium budding. If you enlarge the picture the detail is amazing I did not realize it was so hairy.