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Have you tried making bubbles with Hibiscus/Gumamela flower?

Yup! During my childhood years, we would pick,  like fugitives, some pretty hibiscus flowers and leaves from the yard of our old maid neighbor.  We would use rocks to crush flowers and leaves until it was slippery, add water and a little amount of detergent soap... And tadaahh! We're ready to blow, chase and pop bubbles!

But wait, there's more! 

Do you know that while you're reminiscing your joyful childhood memories with those lovely bubbles, you can also have a sip of a Hibiscus tea? O c'mon! 

Yes, it's true! 
Just go to your old maid neighbor's yard hahaha! Well, at least you ask permission, now that you're an adult. 😆
You can have fresh or dried flowers to make a delicious hibiscus tea.

(This, I just copied)
Here' s the Ingredients
2 cups Fresh Hibiscus Flowers or 1/2 cup dried Hibiscus Flowers
8 cups Water
1/4 cup Honey (or as you prefer)
3 tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice

Here's how:
If using fresh hibiscus flowers, remove the calyx or the green part at the base of the flower to which the stem is attached. You can also remove the pistil which is the thin thread like tube in the middle of the flower which has pollens attached to it or you can choose to keep it. You don't need to do this if you are using dried flowers.
- Bring the hibiscus flowers and water to a boil in a large pot. 
- Once the water starts boiling, switch off the flame and cover the vessel. 
- At this point, you can also add other herbs or add ins such as basil, lemon grass, lemon zest etc. - - Let the tea steep for 15-20 minutes. 
- Mix in the honey and lime juice till completely combined. Strain the tea.
You can either serve hibiscus tea warm or you can chill it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. 

Looks so easy! It also has lots of health benefits and like others, has side effects, too. Beware to those who suffer low blood pressure. 

Now, when you come across a hibiscus, don't pick like a fugitive 😆
Ask a permission to cut a stem for you so you can plant your own.  😊
And pay her back with a sumptuous hibiscus tea. Make a bubble for her, as well. 😉😁