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Rooibos tea – pronounced Roy-boss – is indigenous to my native South Africa where it has been used by the African Bushman for hundreds of years. Rooibos means red bush, and it actually is not really a tea plant but is instead part of the legume family and the bush is not even red, it’s green. The red color only appears after oxidation during the tea-making process.
Growing up in South Africa, we always knew about Rooibos tea and that it was regarded as a healthy tea to drink but it was not until fairly recently that it started to become more popular and its health benefits more widely known.
Naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants which help protect from free radicals – those toxic by-products of normal cell function- which can contribute to aging and weaken the immune system.
Rooibos contains many minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and potassium, making it very beneficial for healthy bones and strong teeth.
Rooibos is also useful in helping with some digestive disorders such as nausea, constipation and heartburn. Kidney stone sufferers can drink this with out fear since Rooibos tea does not contain oxalic acid which can cause kidney stones.
Pregnant and nursing mothers can also use Rooibos to soothe babies who have colic and infants with stomach cramps as studies have shown that the tea has anti-spasmodic properties.
Rooibos can also be applied to the skin topically to help relieve itchy dry skin like eczema, sunburns, and diaper rash. In fact on a recent visit back to South Africa, I noticed that more and more skin care products feature Rooibos as one of their ingredients. Alpha hydroxy acid and zinc both found in Rooibos, are great for promoting healthy smooth skins.
Rooibos tea is usually drunk without milk and now comes in a variety of flavors. It has a a slightly sweet taste though some tea drinkers do add a touch of honey. It can be made as both hot tea and a delicious iced tea. My current favorite is Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea by Republic of Teas – time to put the kettle on…….
Great article, Janice. Thank you very much. I am a long time Rooibos tea lover. It is truly soothing and nourishing. The color is exquisite.
We love the taste of Rooibos.Our whole family drinks it hot and cold….Our little 3 year old gran has her tea parties with it…..It's delicious!!!!Thank you for the great article!!!!!
Ooh, I can't wait to try it! I saw it recently at WalMart and wondered about it. I drink Yerba Mate (Aviva) and Chai Green Tea )Bentley's). Also, Stash Green Tea. Many others as well. I keep Vanilla Chai too, love it! I don't know how many health benefits are derived from drinking Chai, but it sure does taste good!
Thanks Janice, learned so much from this, particularly the info on bone health and other minerals. I have been a fan of this for a while just for the taste and now thrilled for knowing the benefits, now time to put my own kettle on.
I have been drinking Bourbon from Marriage Frese for years, the French use it as san caffeine. Mighty tea has an amazing Rooibos named African Nectar, I love it very strong with milk and Agave.
Red Roibos tea is naturally sumptuous. It
is both caffeine free and a natural source of Super Oxide Sismutase (SOD), a
powerful antioxidant. Rooibos Tea is said to have a greater amount of
antioxidants than Green tea. It has worked wonders for me and my kids this cold
season. It has cut our sick time in half. Thank you for sharing this wonderful
information. :) http://www.myganocafe.com/ahealthyganodermacoffeevh
I’m also a fan of The Rep of Tea Good Hope Vanilla. However, do your know whether or not it is vegan. Thanks.
Great article and so many great benefits! It actually has even more than you listed like its effects on treating acne, here’s an article about Rooibos tea and how it helps acne http://acne-pimples.net/productreviews/rooibos-tea-acne-benefits/
It’s a great sleep aid too because it doesn’t have caffeine.
Mariage Freres (a French tea house) also makes a delicious rooibos version of its famous Marco Polo tea. It is superb! You can get in bags and in loose tea. As one who is prone to kidney stones, I cannot give up my tea, so this is a wonderful alternative. Also Lupicia offers some excellent rooibos teas, both in bags and loose tea.
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