So sorry about the stress, Cali. Do you think you can find a way to eliminate some of the sources? Some things just aren't worth it.
I started drinking the hibiscus tea because I needed something to squash my aldosterone just a bit more than the .1 mg clonidine patch I was using. Hibiscus has been studied and is believed to be an ACE inhibitor and aldosterone blocker. It worked (according to my neck tension barometer) and I am feeling wonderful. It knocked out my weird leg sensory issues. I thought my energy was pretty good after starting clonidine. The hibiscus tea gives me crazy energy though not in a hyper way. I could not wear myself out yesterday, no matter how hard I tried. I think it did more than just inhibit aldosterone. It feels like there was some kind of bonus factor. Here's a list of other benefits...http://www.herbal-treatment-remedies.co ... s-tea.html
Benefits of Hibiscus
The tea is a mild diuretic, which helps the body to expel toxins, and is often used to lower blood pressure. Clinical studies have been carried out which support its use for controlling blood pressure. As a result, it can be beneficial for those whose blood pressure problems are caused by stress.
The tea is also thought to be beneficial for lowering cholesterol.
Studies have concluded that those suffering from type 2 diabetes may benefit from drinking hibiscus tea.
These benefits are also thought to be useful in combating heart disease.
Another traditional use of the tea is to treat liver problems, particularly in Eastern medicine.
The tea is also of benefit to those who wish to lose weight, as it is thought to inhibit the body from absorbing too many carbohydrates.
The tea is packed with vitamin C and can help to fight the symptoms of colds and flu and strengthens the immune system. It has powerful antioxidant properties and can help to remove bacteria from the system. It is useful for preventing and fighting infections.
Regular consumption of the tea can keep the body’s bladder function healthy and prevent constipation. It can help to keep the digestive system generally healthy and has a soothing effect on inflammation.
People suffering from depression may also benefit from a regular intake of hibiscus tea, as it has a positive effect on the central nervous system and can help to control moods.
I found organic hibiscus tea bags at my local granola store, Sprouts. $3 for 16 bags, I think. I hope you can find some and I hope it helps! Please share your experience good/bad/neutral if you try it.
Hang in there