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I must say, living in Canada, hibiscus is very foreign to us.

Some people grow them as tropical house plants and may get a bloom or two but for the most part, people have no idea what it even is.

Hibiscus is popping up more readily these days in various drinks and it made me wonder what is all the hype about.

Turns out that hibiscus should always be in your repertoire of teas in your cupboard and is regarded as highly as Matcha and Yerba Mate.

Really? That’s is all news to me. Why?

That’s because hibiscus tea benefits are so numerous but ultimately, it’s the large amount of antioxidants found in the beverage.

Hibiscus is very beneficial for releasing hyper tension, reducing blood pressure, weight loss, combating depression and lowering the compounds that form kidney stones.


Pregnant women should never drink hibiscus drinks because it could prematurely put them into labour.

This weeks drink combination includes hibiscus, lemon and honey to help calm your system when you are getting over a flu or cold. The honey aids as a cough suppressant and the lemon and hibiscus gives your body a big boost of vitamin C.

This flavor combination is quite tart like cranberry but very refreshing.

I actually really enjoyed it since lemonade is my favorite water kefir recipe.

Where can you buy hibiscus?

Typically health based stores carry it or you can find it in the herbal tea section of any grocery store. You can tear the teabag open and add the leaves to your water kefir recipe or you can purchase the flowers very reasonably online at Organic Matters.



Make the first ferment and leave the jar in a warm place for 24-48 hours.

Strain the grains and add the following to your second ferment. 

20 hibiscus petals

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tbsp honey

Seal up the green swivel top bottle and leave it in a warm place for 24 hours for the second ferment.

Open slowly, strain and enjoy!

Refrigerate immediately and it can last there for up to 8 weeks before it turns to vinegar.

This refreshing soda will give your immune system a boost of over 30 billion LIVE probiotics, magnesium, B vitamins, folate, vitamin K, electrolytes, enzymes, antioxidants and vitamin C.

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This Blog is written in Canada with Love and good intentions,

Leeza Zurwick

p.s. stay tuned next week when I share a fermented oat milk
recipe. (the hottest milk of 2019)

Leeza Zurwick is the Founder of Happy Gut and has a deep passion for living off the earth and using fermented food as medicine. After being gifted some water kefir grains, she found it difficult to find consistent information on how to brew water kefir and she found it challenging to source the right brewing supplies. Through extensive research, trial and error, Leeza developed simple recipes and systems to ensure success and delicious results. After drinking water kefir daily, she noticed a significant reduction in bloating, clearer skin and her immune system was strengthened enough to not get sick, despite working in classrooms full of germy kids! Leeza launched Happy Gut in 2017 and made it her mission to share the age old wisdom, simplicity and incredible health benefits of live, probiotic rich, fermented Water Kefir.


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