An important plant used extensively throughout Mexico and the Carribean, Jamaica (pronounced ha-myka in Spanish), is a medicinal flower and beverage of the hibiscus family. It is believed to have been introduced to the Western Hemisphere in the 1700s by African slaves brought to Jamaica—hence the name. It is also know as Roselle and can be found in Mexican grocery stores everywhere in the US.

Roselle Tea/Agua de Jamaica Recipe

  • Boil 1 quart of water and add a heaping handful of Jamaica calyces.
  • Gently simmer for 10 minutes until richly red.
  • Strain and add a little honey or stevia to taste.

Note: do not add sugar, as it counteracts the effects of the natural antioxidants. Jamaica makes a wonderful drink, hot or cold. Add a tablespoon of collagen powder when it is cold to make it a meal. To gain medicinal benefits, drink 1 to 2 glasses of Jamaica daily.

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Leslie KornLeslie Korn, PhD, MPH, is a licensed clinician specializing in mental health nutrition, herbal medicine, and integrative medicine for mental health and the physical symptoms of traumatic stress. She served as a Fulbright scholar on traditional medicine, a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a National Institutes of Health–funded research scientist in mind/body medicine. Her website is