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Every day of your life is a special occasion. – Thomas S. Morrison

Hibiscus flowers are part of the mallow family, and its leaves and stems have been used for centuries to make tea. However, scientific studies of the benefits and risks of hibiscus tea have recently begun.

Hibiscus tea is loaded with antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It may help with boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure, and lowering blood sugar levels. BUT if you’re taking medication to regulate your blood pressure or blood sugar levels, or going to have/recovering from surgery, you should avoid it. It also affects estrogen levels, so avoid it if you’re pregnant, trying, or nursing! AND avoid drinking it with acetaminophen (aka tylenol) as it can create adverse reactions. If you’re in the clear, it’s recommended that you drink no more than 2-3 cups a day.

Every day is not a success. Every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good. -Reese Witherspoon

Homemade iced tea is always best, in my opinion, because it’s made with love. But every once in awhile, I will purchase iced tea to try a new flavour (or because I’m lazy or I’m out and I’m thirsty…you get it!) Even if it isn’t a successful day, but I chose to celebrate anyway.

I think it was the intoxicating colour of Pure Leaf’s Peach Hibiscus tea that caught my eye. Normally store-bought iced tea is overly sweet so this was a pleasant surprise. Although sweeter than my homemade (which has little to no sugar), it was a robust tea, with a hint of peach and floral from the hibiscus. But keep in mind, 547 ml = 27 g of sugar. It’s made with Rainforest Alliance certified tea leaves, and in this case is caffeine-free.

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It’s Monday! It’s the last day of August. It’s a new day. Let’s celebrate!