Rooibos Tea - Super Healthy
When it’s Rooibos, it’s delicious, it’s delightful, it’s delectable!
All this in a cuppa, and so much more!
What is Rooibos?
Rooibos is a plant with needle-like leaves which get separated from the stalks, then dried in the sun. Once dried they are delivered to the factory for grading and packing. And so begins the process that makes a healthy cup of tea for the ‘health conscious’, due to it’s high level of antioxidants.
The leaves of the plant turn a rich aromatic red after having been left to oxidize. Hence the name, Rooibos, (Afrikaans) for ‘Red Bush’ in English. The tea produced is red in color making the name apt, Rooi meaning red in English and pronounced (Roy).
The only place in the world where rooibos grows wild is in the ‘Cape’ in South Africa.
It was used by the Khoisan people as far back as the 1770’s for making “tea”. By the 19th century the red drink had replaced black tea, an expensive, exotic commodity in cafes and homes of the Cape Colony.
The Popular Choice
Rooibos is caffeine free and low in tannin making it the popular choice for health conscious “tea totellers”. The golden rule is to never add milk! When serving a cup of rooibos to your guests, offer a dollop of honey and a slice of lemon. On a hot day, prepare a blend of rooibos with camomile and apple juice. Chill, then spoil and impress your guests. The flavor of rooibos tea is often described as being naturally sweet (without adding sugar) and slightly nutty.
The conversation will flow when entertaining as you tell your guests of the many benefits of rooibos.
The ladies will like knowing that Rooibos Oil massaged into the feet, legs and back leaves the skin supple, and the famous relaxing powers are apparent.
When rubbed into the skin it fights wrinkles.
No wonder rooibos in both tea and oil form is a hit amongst celebrities.
Traditional medical uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating allergies, asthma, and dermatological problems.
A study by Japanese scientists suggest that rooibos tea is beneficial in topical treatment of acne. This is due to the level of alpha hydroxyl acid, zinc and superoxide dismutase present in the herb.
Rooibos has anti-spasmodic properties, thus relieving stomach cramps.
Rooibos gives relief for nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.
Rooibos is recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleep patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression and hypertension.
Rooibos is recommended for people on a calorie-restricted diet as it does not add kilojoules.
Rooibos also supplement the daily amounts of calcium, manganese and especially fluoride, needed for the development of strong healthy teeth and bones.
Rooibos contains zinc and alpha-hydroxy acid, which promotes healthy skin and magnesium which is necessary for a healthy nervous system. It also has a high level of vitamin D.
Rooibos Tea is an all day drink, hot or chilled, which can be used as a ‘pick-me up’ morning till night. A cup at night will help with added relaxation and sleep.
Benefits For Babies
Rooibos tea has a soothing effect on the skin, relieving itching and skin irritations such as nappy rash and eczema.
It is recommended as a drink for infants suffering from colic.
Other Products Available
- Loose leaf tea or powder form
- Massage oil
The consoling fact of drinking rooibos tea is that there’s never too many cups. Each one has medicinal value.