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Living With Sjögren’s


Antioxidant Hibiscus Tea


  • 1 cup hibiscus flowers, dried and washed  
  • 1 540 mL can pineapple, diced in pineapple juice 
  • 2 thumb-sized raw ginger pieces, peeled and cut 
  • 1 seedless orange, sliced 
  • 2 tsp whole cloves 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks 
  • 2.5 litres (10.5 cups) water 
  • ¼ cup honey or white sugar (optional)
  • Mint leaves (optional)


  • Add hibiscus leaves to a large pot and pour in water.
  • Add pineapple, ginger, orange slices, cloves and cinnamon.  
  • Cover the pot and leave to boil for 30-40 minutes.  
  • Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or basket coffee filter. Add honey or sugar (optional). 
  • Serve hot or chill in the fridge. Garnish with orange slices, cucumber and mint leaves (optional) 


  • Using fresh ginger and oranges can be challenging for people with arthritis. Instead, try using stored pre-minced ginger and canned mandarin oranges. 
  • Straining the tea material with a basket coffee filter may be easier than using cheesecloth. 
  • Storing the tea in ice cube trays allows for easy storage and convenient use with hot or cold water. 


*recipe courtesy of Cristina Montoya, Registered Dietitian