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Sorrel (Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower)

Origin:  Jamaica


Disclaimer:  This is for educational purposes only.  The information herein does not constitute as medical advice.  Consult with a qualified healthcare professional or herbalist for personalized guidance.


Jamaican Sorrel, also known as Hibiscus sabdariffa or Roselle, is a flowering plant native to West Africa, but it's widely cultivated and appreciated in Jamaica and other tropical regions for its vibrant red calyces, which are used to make a popular beverage known as “Sorrel."  Jamaican sorrel tea is a popular drink during the Christmas season in Jamaica and is enjoyed year-round in many tropical countries. It has a tart, cranberry-like flavor with a hint of spiciness from the cloves and ginger. It's not only delicious but also offers several health benefits, making it a refreshing and nutritious beverage option.



The Jamaican sorrel plant is a small shrub that typically grows up to 7 feet in height.  It features deep green leaves and crimson-colored calyces, which are the fleshy, petal-like structures surrounding the seed pod.  The calyces are the part of the plant used to make sorrel tea.  Jamaican sorrel is a rich source of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, which can help protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals.  It is high in vitamin C, which can boost the immune system and support overall health.


Health Benefits: 

Some studies suggest that Sorrel consumption may help lower blood pressure and reduce the bad cholesterols in the body that develop into  heart disease. Sorrel contains diuretic properties that increase bowel movement, which relieves constipation and aides in weight management.  Sorrel has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate symptoms of various inflammatory conditions.  It is commonly used to reduce menstrual cramps.  The high levels of Vitamin A in Sorrel can also help to promote good vision.  Sorrel is an ancient African remedy for cold and flu. The high vitamin C in Sorrel can help to boost the immune system and help prevent the cold or flu.  Because of the ability to cool the body down, sorrel can also reduce the effect of fever.  Sorrel tea can be a refreshing and hydrating beverage, especially when served cold.



Directions for Use:


- 1 cup of dried Sorrel 

- 1-2 cinnamon sticks

- 6-8 cloves

- Fresh ginger slices (optional)

- Cane Sugar or Agave syrup to taste

- Spring Water



In a large pot, combine the sorrel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and ginger (if using).  Add about 8 cups of water to the pot and bring it to a boil.  Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes. The liquid should turn a deep red color.  Remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.      Strain the liquid into a pitcher, discarding the solid ingredients.


Sweeten the Sorrel tea with cane sugar or agave to taste. You can adjust the sweetness according to your preference.  May serve as a hot tea or cold beverage.  Refrigerate the tea until it's cold, or serve it over ice. It's often enjoyed as a cold beverage.

Sorrel Jamaican Hibiscus

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