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Well, here we are in May, and I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I don't remember much about April, and as a matter of fact, our April newsletter wasn't ever printed, but it is up on our Website.

This month we are featuring our organic Hibiscus herb that makes a wonderful tea and has many attributes that useful for the user.

We would like to wish all Mom, a wonderful Happy Mothers Day, and hope the Hibiscus will find it's way to each Mom for a delicious Mothers Day.

We have Bulgerian (aromatic) Lavender back in stock, as well as Turmeric Capsules.

We are hoping we will be able to open the store up, and praying with the rest of you the Covid19 virus will go away soon!

We wish you a wonderful month, stay safe, and wash your hands
Until next time,
The Editor


Herb for MayTitle
Hibiscus Flower

Common Name
Standardized: hibiscus Other: roselle, ambashthaki

Botanical Name
Hibiscus sabdariffa L.

Plant Family:  Malvaceae

There are over 220 species within the genus Hibiscus. Hibiscus plants grow in most tropical areas of the world, with a minority of species able to survive in freezing environments. The abundant species found in the tropics cannot tolerate more than a few days of freezing weather and will die if such conditions persist. Hibiscus flowers come in a magnificent variety of colors.

Parts Used:  The flower, dried, cut, and powdered.

Typical Preparations:  Hibiscus is available as a bulk tea and in tea bags, as well as an ingredient in tea mixtures. Can be used as a natural dye, and is incorporated in several cosmetics. Rarely found in capsule or extract form.

Summary: Hibiscus flowers are the main ingredient in many wonderfully refreshing teas made around the world, especially in Mexico, Latin America, and North Africa. A tea known as Agua de Jamaica, or simply Jamaica in Mexico, is usually served chilled with copious amounts of sugar to sweeten the natural tartness of the hibiscus.

Benefits of Hibiscus Flowers

  •     Manages Blood Pressure
  •     Weight Loss
  •     Lowers Cholesterol
  •     Protects Liver
  •     Anticancer Properties
  •     Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial Agent
  •     Relieves Menstrual Pain
  •     Acts as an Antidepressant Agent
  •     Improves Digestion
  •     Satiates Thirst
Specific: Hibiscus flowers are often intercropped with peanuts. Occasionally fragments of peanut shells are present. Caution for individuals with severe peanut allergies.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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Hibiscus Tea Nutrition

Hibiscus tea is naturally low in calories and is caffeine-free. According to the USDA Nutrient Database, it has a good supply of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. It also contains B-vitamins like niacin and folic acid. This tea is a good source of anthocyanins, which makes it beneficial for managing elevated blood pressure levels, the common cold, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Health Benefits of Hibiscus Tea

Manages Blood Pressure
A report from the AHA (American Heart Association), published in November 2008, suggests that consuming this tea lowers the blood pressure in pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. It also states that 1/3 of adults in the United States suffer from high blood pressure, also referred to as hypertension.Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, hibiscus tea can reduce blood pressure by up to 10 points, according to a 2010 research done at Tufts University in Boston.

Weight Loss
Hibiscus herbal tea can be beneficial for weight loss. Studies have suggested that hibiscus extract lowers the absorption of starch and glucose the two dietary components that can lead to weight gain and may help aid in weight loss.3

Lowers Cholesterol
Hibiscus tea helps to lower the levels of (bad) LDL cholesterol from the body, thereby helping to protect against heart diseases and protecting blood vessels from damage. The hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic properties of hibiscus tea can be beneficial for those who suffer from blood sugar disorders like diabetes.

Protects Liver
Research studies have also suggested that the antioxidant properties of hibiscus tea may help in treating liver diseases. According to a 2014 study published in the Food & Function Journal, when 19 obese people were administered with hibiscus tea extract for 12 weeks, there was a significant improvement seen in liver steatosis * a condition they all had been suffering from. Liver steatosis is a condition which constitutes of fat accumulation in the liver. This could lead to liver failure.

Anticancer Properties
Hibiscus tea contains hibiscus protocatechuic acid, which has antitumor and antioxidant properties.  A study conducted by the Department and Institute of Biochemistry at the Chung Shan Medical and Dental College, in Taichung, Taiwan suggests that hibiscus may slow down the growth of cancerous cells specifically human leukemia cells by inducing apoptosis, commonly known as programmed cell death.

Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial Agent
The hibiscus plant*s loose leaf tea is rich in ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. It is an essential nutrient required by your body to boost and stimulate the activity of the immune system. Hibiscus tea is also known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

Acts as an Antidepressant Agent
Hibiscus tea contains vitamins and minerals, specifically flavonoids, which have been associated with antidepressant properties in some animal studies. Consumption of hibiscus tea may help calm down the nervous system, and it may reduce anxiety and depression by creating a relaxed sensation in the mind and body, says research published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology.

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How to Make Hibiscus Tea?

Here's a classic spin to your otherwise mundane tea. Hibiscus tea has a number of health benefits. You can get
dried hibiscus flowers easily from departmental stores or online portals. If you find them in your garden, nothing
 like it. The red color in the tea is because of these flowers. So, without any further ado, let's take a look at how
to prepare it.

  1.     2 tsp dried hibiscus flowers
  2.     boiling water
  3.     cinnamon stick optional
  4.     clove optional
  5.     tea bag optional
  6.     lime wedges optional
  7.     ginger optional
  8.     mint leaves optional
  1. On the stove, keep a pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, keep all the ingredients ready for the recipe, if you haven't. 
  2. Take 2 tsp of dried hibiscus flowers, which equals to 10 ml of the same (to be more accurate) and add it to the boiling water. You are free to add more or less of the hibiscus flowers, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. It's important to note here that hibiscus tea doesn't have caffeine, so adding a lot of it won't have an adverse effect on your health.
  3. Once the water is boiled, pour the water slowly and steadily into a teapot. Make sure you have worn mittens/gloves to protect your hands from any kind of burns.
  4. If you want to add caffeine to your tea, add a tea bag to the concoction. Allow it to steep for five minutes.  While you wait, the hibiscus flowers will give the water a somewhat sharp, zingy taste.  If you wish your tea to be strong, allow it to steep for more than 5 minutes.
  5. Once done, pour the tea into your cup, using a metal strainer. If your teapot has an in-built filter, the process will be way easier. Some people like to chew the hibiscus petals and don't prefer to strain them. You can try that as well if you like.
  6. Don't forget to add your preferred sweetener to the beverage. Try it with honey if you can, as it goes very well with the zestfully tart flavor of the tea. You can add sugar or stevia as well, depending on your choice.
  7. Hibiscus tea in a kettle and a teacup alongside cookies and flowers



For Filling:
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers*
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup grated jicama
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For Sauce:
2 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cored, halved
(or substitute 1 28-ounce can of whole plum tomatoes, drained and halved)
1/2 white onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo     
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 large dried bay leaves
Kosher salt

For Assembly:
Vegetable oil, for frying
12 6-inch corn tortillas
1 cup sour cream
1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage (from about 1/2 a small cabbage)
1/2 cup Cotija or feta cheese, crumbled


"Died hibiscus flowers, also called Jamaica flowers, are available at Caer & Dee's Apothecary of Natural Remedies."


  1. For filling, bring hibiscus flowers and 2 cups water to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; let steep until flowers are just tender, 5-8 minutes. Strain, reserving flowers (the liquid can be saved for another use).
  2. Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat; add onion and saut* until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add softened hibiscus flowers, carrots, jicama, sugar, oregano, and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are tender and liquid is mostly evaporated, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, and chipotle chilies along with 2 cups of water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes begin to break down, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer mixture to a blender, in batches if necessary (be cautious blending hot liquids). Pur'e until smooth.
  4. Carefully wipe out saucepan; add oil and return to medium-high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, carefully add tomato mixture and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Pour vegetable oil into a large skillet to a depth of 1/4-inch; heat over medium-high heat until shimmering. Working in batches, submerge tortillas and fry, turning once, until just softened, about 30 to 45 seconds (no longer, you do not want them crispy). Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Spoon 1/4 cup of filling down the center of each tortilla and roll to enclose. Spoon chipotle sauce over top and garnish with sour cream, cabbage, and cheese.

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Monthly horoscope title-May-2020
Aries: It's possible to form a distorted view of yourself, someone else, or certain situations during the hazy Venus-Neptune square on May 3. For that reason, Pisces, it's best to put off making any major decisions until the fog dissipates and you can see things more clearly.

Taurus:  The month starts on an insecure note brought on by the hazy Venus-Neptune square on May 3. Making decisions about love and/or money is difficult, especially when you consider the finality of it all. One of the worst things you can do now is second-guess yourself, Taurus. It's better to take your time making a choice than change your mind after the fact.

Gemini:  A lively sun-Mercury conjunction on May 4 adds excitement to your everyday communications. An unexpected call or text sends you over the moon and makes you think about what might happen next. Your concentration isn't easily disrupted, and it's a great time to reconnect with people you've lost touch with.

Cancer:   It might be in your nature to fight the powerful forces of the mysterious Scorpio full moon on May 7, but it's really in your best interests to give in, Cancer. You know how they say that everything happens for a reason? This is especially true during this lunation. Trust the process.

Leo: There's a powerful sun-Mercury conjunction on May 4 that keeps your mind alert. Even though there's a lot going through your head now, you're able to focus on the right things to say to the right people. There's never been a better time to think and express yourself clearly.

Virgo:   You're quick to jump to conclusions or make certain deductions as your mind moves rapidly from one thought to another during the sun-Mercury conjunction on May 4. You want to react immediately to social media posts, but it's best to let certain news sink in before responding. Even though you can delete your comments, you can't guarantee that no one will see them while they're still up.

Libra:  The insecurity surrounding the Venus-Neptune square on May 3 can be daunting, but you don't have to let it overtake your life. Try to focus on the positives and stay away from "what if"'thinking, Libra.

Scorpio: The full moon in your intense sign on May 7 is a dynamic event, Scorpio. The tug-of-war you*ll feel now between the moon in your emotional sign versus the practical Taurus sun is inescapable. Use this dual energy to rid yourself of something significant that you no longer need in your life.

Sagittarius:   The intense Scorpio full moon on May 7 wants to help you cleanse your life of the things you truly no longer need. Has a friendship run its course? Is it finally time to clean out a closet or recycle a collection you*ve grown tired of? It's not ruthless to want to make a clean break and get a fresh start.

Capricorn:   Messenger Mercury starts the month in steady Taurus and then moves to more flexible Gemini on May 11. While the first part of the month is spent on logical, detail-oriented communication, mid month and beyond is less structured. Asking open-ended questions leads to interesting conversations.

Aquarius: Experimenting for a sense of higher awareness is fun during the sun-Mercury conjunction on May 4. You're very aware that you're functioning at peak mental capacity, which makes you want to interact with others as much as possible. Form a think tank or hold a salon.

Pisces: It's possible to form a distorted view of yourself, someone else, or certain situations during the hazy Venus-Neptune square on May 3. For that reason, Pisces, it's best to put off making any major decisions until the fog dissipates and you can see things more clearly.

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