By Karimah bint Dawoud, Muslim Chaplain & Well Being Writer.
A left over from my Rasta days and still a friend in my store cupboard- dry sorrel flowers. When I feel a cold coming on, I make tea with this flower. Hot water, a big pinch of dried flowers, brew, strain and a tea spoon of honey. Its full of vitamin C , virus hate vitamin C and you can’t over dose on it, as it will be excreted in your urine, loads of vitamin C saturate the cells and the virus hates it and leaves the body.
Symptoms of a cold coming on
- dry lips
- burning sensation roof of mouth/ nostrils
- feeling like pepper up nostril
- pressure headache
- sinus pain
- sore throat
Sorrel/Hibiscus/ Jamaica sorrel/rosella/ soborodo (Zobo drink)/ Karkadi/ roselle/ and sour tea or less commonly known as Rose Mallow.
Sorrel is part of the mallow family. Sorrel is also known as Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a small tree with big showy flowers , there are hundreds of species, found in a warm temperament, sub tropical or tropical climate.
these flowers have a fruit that can be made into a drink. The plant has 5 petals and behind them is a fry 5 lobed capsule. This capsule is the fruit which can be made into tea either fresh or dried.
This fruit is full of health benefits, some even say of cup of this a day keeps the doctor away. these fruits are rich in flavonoids, minerals, and other nutrients.
A 2008 USDA scientific studies have shown this tea
- has diuretic properties
- mildly dilates blood vessel
- lowers blood pressure
- good for the heart
- high amounts of vitamin C
- high anti-oxidants that protection against free radicals. These free radicals causes, strokes, Alzheimer’s, premature aging and cancer.
- deterrent against cancer
- Sorrel also helps flush the prostate and maintains the proper functioning of the liver, kidney and bladder.
this tea is widely drunk in the Arab, Asian and African world, especially the Sahel, I have been told that in countries like Nigeria it is drunk every day and you will notice that blood pressure and heart disease in low.