Hibiscus Petals or Flowers
Dried hibiscus flowers. Hibiscus Petals. Also called Jamaica in Spanish or Flor de Jamaica.
Boil a cup of jamaica (hibiscus) flowers in a quart of water, let it simmer and cool down in the refrigerator. Pour thru a strainer and add sugar to taste or more water if it's too strong.
AGUA DE JAMAICA (Hibiscus Flowers)
Dried hibiscus flowers, known in Mexico as jamaica (pronounced "ha-ma-ike-ah", rather than like the name of the Carribbean island country) have long been available in health food stores in the U.S. for making a tea that is high in vitamin C. With the advent of interest in south-of-the-border cuisine, hibiscus flowers are sold in bags. This drink is particularly good for people who have a tendency, temporary or otherwise, toward water retention: it is a mild and completely natural diuretic.
Hibiscus - Hibiscus Sabdariffa. Hibiscus is also called Rosella (roselle, Jamaica sorrel, karkadé). It's good to soothe colds, open blocked nose, clearing up mucous, as an astringent, promoting proper kidney function, helps digestion, a tonic, a diuretic and helps reduce fever. Some people call Hibiscus the "other cranberry" or habiscus.