Apart from being a tasty, enjoyable beverage that can be drunk instead of true tea or coffee, Rooibos has the added benefit from its natural minerals and health-preserving antioxidants.
In addition, the herb is also found to contain the flavanoid, aspalathin, which counteracts the atherosclerotic processes that result in heart disease. Additional research by the French revealed that hair lotion containing Rooibos promoted faster hair growth with improvement in the hair condition -- and caused no allergic reactions.
South African researches found that the polyphenol content in Rooibos is similar to green tea. Polyphenols help protect the body from damage by free radicals. Other studies link Rooibos tea to helping lessen digestive problems, nausea, stomach cramps and constipation. In addition, drinking the brew can have a calming effect and has been shown to help with irritability, insomnia and depression.
Brewing and Serving
Pour over boiling water and let infuse for a few minutes. The longer it is left before drinking the more antioxidants the brew will contain.
Rooibos has a distinctive red hue and a sweet and slightly nutty flavor. The herbal infusion can be served plain, with hot or cold milk or lemon. It can be lightly sweetened with honey or sugar or just left without any sweetening. Rooibos also makes a wonderful ice tea.
In South Africa, Rooibos tea is often used in daily meal preparation because of the important minerals and antioxidants it adds to the diet. It also enhances the flavor of select foods. Just replace the water in a recipe with the brewed tea.
This article was written by Nicky Pilkington of HealthandFinesse.com.
Rooibos Blends from RCM Tea Shop
Rooibos Tea Sampler
Classic Red Rooibos (Organic)
This traditional Rooibos from RCM Tea Shop has a deep, dark red infusion with a full body and sweet finishing flavor. It tastes great hot or iced. USDA Certified Organic.
Rooibos Cranberry-Orange (Organic)
A sweet, slightly tart, blend of Rooibos, dried cranberries, orange peels and hibiscus petals.
Jamaica Red Bush (Organic)
Caramel Rooibos (Organic)
This naturally sweet, deep red herbal blend infusion is complemented with rich notes of caramel flavoring (sugar free) that satisfies the sweet-tooth. It provides a delicious tasting beverage served hot or over ice.
Rooibos Spiced Chai (Herbal Organic)
A premium herbal blend of organic Rooibos, chamomile, carob, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and cassia, maple & clove oils. Delightful with milk and sugar or honey. USDA Certified Organic.
Vanilla Rooibos (Organic)
A smooth, sweet blend featuring organic Rooibos flavored with natural vanilla.
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