An Introduction to the Natural and Healing Benefits of Rooibos Tea
by Jane Chitty
(Cape Town, South Africa)
I wonder if you have ever heard of Rooibos Tea?
It originates from South Africa where the rooibos bush is a member of the famous and unique fynbos family of the floral kingdom. Although its botanical name is the Aspalathus Linearis plant, the common name of rooibos actually means 'red bush'.
The healthy beverage is not a true tea but an herb. The rooibos leaves are dried and then steeped in boiling water to make a 'tea' or an herbal infusion.
Even the tea itself has a hint of red as well as a unique flavor and aroma. The flavor can be rather an acquired taste to some. It is slightly sweet, nutty and fruity while the aroma is very satisfying.
In these days of healthy living and a growing opposition to GMOs, it is good to know that when you drink Rooibos, it is 100% natural with no additives, no preservatives and no chemicals. The tea will hydrate the body and boost your immune system.
And there is so much more...
Worrying about counting the calories? Rooibos tea has absolutely no kilojoules or calories.
Anxious about getting your antioxidants? Rooibos tea leaves are filled with more potent antioxidants than those of black tea, preventing damage to cells as well as repairing injured cells. Ideal for maintaining good health.
Concerned about aging? The aspalathin in rooibos can also contribute towards anti-aging while, being naturally decaffeinated, the tea is safe to take as a soothing night cap to help do away with insomnia and anxiety.
Safe for everyone? Rooibos is so safe to drink that it is ideal and suitable for all children as well as pregnant and breast feeding mothers. In fact, the traditional medicinal use of rooibos in South Africa includes helping to reduce the symptoms of colic in babies as well as allergies, asthma and dermatological problems in children and adults alike.
Needing some energy? Rooibos tea drinkers are able to absorb more iron and feel much more energized because of the tea's low levels of tannin.
Research (particularly in South Africa) is ongoing into further possible health benefits of rooibos including combating cancer. As there has never been a single adverse side effect reported from drinking the beverage, you have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by including rooibos in your daily diet.
Exported all over the world, you can safely stock up on rooibos tea when you come across it because it has such a long shelf life. A great addition to your survival stock pile.
Available in loose leaf or in tea bags, make rooibos tea in the same way as you would black tea. Steep for 5 to 7 minutes before serving either with or without milk. If you feel the need to sweeten, add a dash of raw honey.
Any leftovers can be put in the refrigerator to drink chilled as an iced tea. You can even brew loose leaf rooibos in the office coffee maker.
Rooibos tea leaves are very economical. You can recycle them up to 3 times before having to replace with new leaves. Of course, the leaves can then be composted.
Rooibos – benefits for you, your health and the environment.
Jane Chitty lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She also spends time in the USA and the UK because of close family living there. She loves to compare natural treatments and lifestyles – especially in the areas of health, green living and nutrition – in these three very different countries.
Jane writes for Healing Natural Oils, a producer and retailer of high-quality, all-natural treatments for a variety of conditions. Read her daily posts at www.amoils.com/health-blog.