Dosha Pops Ingredient Spotlight: Head Over Hibiscus
Beyond my love of crafting fantastic treats and my own journey with Ayurvedic living, I created Dosha Pops for two very important reasons. First, I wanted a fun, easy way to introduce Ayurvedic principles to my loved ones, community, and those within the Western culture who may not have heard of Ayurveda or its myriad benefits. Second, who doesn’t want a natural, organic, healthier alternative to sweet treats? In our busy society and hectic lives, it’s so easy to get caught up in all our to-do lists that sometimes we don’t even think before reaching for that box of cookies or bowl of candy on the counter when we need a sweet pick-me-up. My Ayurvedic candies—fashioned with all-natural, organic, Ayurvedic ingredients—not only satisfy that sweet tooth but also help to balance the three specific doshas of Ayurveda: Kapha, Pitta, and Vata.
Today, I’m breaking down one of our Dosha Pops delights for a closer look at what’s inside this treat and how it incorporates Ayurvedic principles and ingredients for that extra boost of balance (and oh-so-sweet fun) every day of the year.
One of my favorite candies with ingredients specific to balancing the Kapha dosha—so important during this Kapha season of late winter and early spring—is our Head Over Hibiscus pops. And another thing I love about this candy, and many others we create, is the use of herbal teas in the recipe, too. Every ingredient in our candies brings its own health benefits to the mix. So let’s take a look.
Benefits of Hibiscus
First and most immediately noticeable is the tangy-sweet flavor of the hibiscus flower (it also adds a great pop of color when added to any culinary creation). The flower itself is full of Vitamin C for that extra boost I know I wish I had more of during this cold, dry Kapha season—and all the winter colds that come with it. So right there, we have an instant immune-system boost. More recent studies of the hibiscus flower’s health benefits have found this bright, elegant flower to also add to the following: lowering blood sugar; lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure (and effectively help with de-stressing); and healing wounds.
Many people don’t know how easy it is to plant, nurture, and enjoy the visual and health benefits of hibiscus right in their own gardens or homes. Trust me, there’s nothing like growing your own hibiscus and harvesting the flowers for your next artisanal adventure in the kitchen. You can find a fantastic, step-by-step breakdown of how to grow your own hibiscus plants right at home, in any climate inside and outdoors, right here.
What we put into our bodies is an essential factor of improving our overall health. And hibiscus is an excellent addition to any culinary masterpiece, both for flavor, color, aroma, and all the surprising health benefits packed into such a small package. Plus, this ingredient is a perfect way to add a little bit of tangy-sweetness while pacifying an out-of-balance Kapha dosha. I love this candy during Kapha season and the cold months of winter and early spring, and of course this pop can be enjoyed any time of year. Take a look at our quick, easy quiz to find out your dominant Ayurvedic dosha, which is a great way to help you pick your first few flavors of Dosha Pops. Any of the all-natural ingredients in our candies can be used and incorporated into your daily life one step—or sweet—at a time. And now that you know what’s in them and why they’re so great as a pick-me-up for this time of year, grab yourself a healthy, Ayurvedic alternative in our Head Over Hibiscus flavor.
*Disclaimer: This article provides information about the Ayurvedic traditions. It is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure, or prevention of any disease. For a serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional. Always check with your doctor before taking herbs.