Hibiscus Tea.

 

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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.

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Step 2.

Then I separated the five petals and put them in the sun to dry.

 

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Once dry I put them in a kilner jar.

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Step 3.

I put a handful in my 700ml teapot and topped up with boiling water.

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Step 4.

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.

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Well I have only being doing this for a week and my blood pressure has reduced from 145/95 to 128/85 much better.

Photochallenge

 

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.

Nature Diary – Flowers – Thorn Apple

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.

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Thorn Apple growing at side of road.

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spiky seed pods

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close up of seed pod

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very alien-ish inside pod.