Smallflower is our in-house, private label brand. We’re thrilled to bring you high quality herbs, home fragrances, gift bundles and more. Our goal is to create a modern apothecary experience by providing unique, hard-to-find personal care items and a compassionate customer experience that mirrors what you’ll find in our brick and mortar store, Merz Apothecary.
Hibiscus - (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is one of hundreds of species of flowering shrubs in the Malvaceae, or Mallow, family. It is native to North Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, now widely cultivated around the world in both tropical and temperate climates. Hibiscus can grow up to 8 feet tall, widely known for having large, showy, brightly colored or white blooms. Many cultures around the world have made a correlation between Hibiscus and femine energy. It has been given as offerings to goddesses in India, and fought over by goddesses in ancient Greek myths. In Hawaii, a woman may wear a Hibiscus flower behind her ear to signify her relationship status. Hibiscus sabdariffa is a little smaller and less showy than its ornamental siblings, with pale yellow flowers and a deep purple calyx. These purple calyces grow to be thick and fleshy and are the part of the flower harvested for use, either fresh or dried, for teas, beverages and other culinary purposes. Hibiscus tea has a delightfully tart flavor, a brilliant pinkish red color, and is believed to have a cooling effect on the body, making it an essential ingredient for refreshing beverages around the world. In Mexico and Latin America, sweet hibiscus tea is known as the wildly popular ‘Agua de Jamaica’ or ‘Jamaica’. Hibiscus makes a delicious and refreshing tea either hot or iced.
Pour one cup of boiling water over one heaping teaspoon of herbs. Steep for four to five minutes. Strain and drink. Iced: Use 4g per 8oz of cold water. Steep covered in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours, or overnight. Strain and drink. Store in the refrigerator and consume within 2-3 days.