Our summer temperatures arrived so early this year that I was pulling buds off my hibiscus transplants in early June (they normally don’t flower until October here) so the plants would grow taller before trying to put out more flowers. I love hibiscus flowers. The calyx left behind after the petals fall can be dried and used to add a delightfully tangy note to tea and they turn the water this beautifully vibrant shade of red. They’re also really fun to grow so I like having them in the garden.
One of the hibiscus recipes I’ve been making lately is a heart-centered elixir that combines this tasty herb with two other heart-supportive herbs – hawthorn and rose – and preserves them in one delicious remedy.
- 1 part hibiscus infusion, brewed for 10 minutes
- 2 parts hawthorn tincture
- 1 part rose petal-infused honey
Brew your hibiscus tea (I like to make mine double-strength for extra hibiscus goodness), then combine it with hawthorn tincture and rose petal-infused honey in the proportions listed above.
Shake well once bottled, and store in a cool dark place or in the refrigerator. This blend needs to be 25-30% alcohol to be properly preserved, so if you’re using a homemade tincture, make sure it was made with at least 100-proof alcohol.
About the Herbs
Do you make herbal elixirs for your apothecary? Which are your favorites?