Hibiscus Side Effects:

Hibiscus is an awesome contribution to mankind. Allergy is very rarely, but possible. Hibiscus is not required to be marked as allergen as it is only allergic due to cross-reactivity.  

Cross-reactivity in allergic reactions occurs when the proteins in one substance are similar to the proteins found in another substance (typically a food). 

Hibiscus is a member of the Malvaceae family and may cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to other plants in this family, such as hollyhocks.

Hibiscus also contains tannins and may cause a reaction to people with a tannin allergy.

Hibiscus tea influences the hormonal levels i-e it affects estrogen production. This means that consuming hibiscus tea can cause menstruation. This can be considered as a hibiscus tea side effect that may be beneficial to some but dangerous to others. 

Hibiscus tea is not advised for pregnant women, owing to its emmenagogue properties, which may increase menstruation or blood flow in the uterus or pelvic region. 

Hibiscus tea can show allergic reactions like other herbal teas. It may cause dermatitis, headache, nausea, and ringing in the ear. 

Like all allergies, tea allergies create an immune response. This occurs when your body mistakenly perceives a substance as dangerous and tries to fight it off by producing antibodies. When triggered, these antibodies cause specific symptoms to occur. 

If you have an allergy to tea, your symptoms may include: 

1. hives

2. tingling or itching sensation in the mouth

3. swelling of the lips, throat, tongue, or face

4. anaphylaxis

Source: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/content/dam/SHC/clinics/menlo-medical-clinic/docs/Allergy/Oral%20Allergy%20Syndrome.pdf

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