Sunday 21 September 2008

Amazing Rooibos

Rooibos is a plant native to South Africa, where it has been used to make a beverage for generations. The 'tea' has no relation to ordinary tea and thus should be called a tisane or infusion. It is also called Redbush Tea, for the dark red needles and stems.

The infusion is a lovely deep reddish-orange shade and has a sweet and earthy flavour. It blends well with fruits and spices and so many of your favourite flavours in ordinary tea blends can be very tasty when blended in a Rooibos base.

Rooibos has no caffeine and very little tannins, making it easy on the stomach and gentle enough for children. Rooibos can also be made with milk and sugar and so can be a non-caffeinated drink for those looking for a tea substitute. It is a great evening and before-bed drink, too, since it is caffeine free.

All this aside, Rooibos has additional health benefits that can make it even more enjoyable. Studies have shown rooibos to be anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. Rooibos is just full of anti-oxidants, one of which is unique to rooibos alone.
Health benefits:
  • alleviates nervous tension
  • aids digestion
  • can be used to alleviate colic in babies
  • can alleviate allergies, such as hay fever
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-viral
  • anti-oxidant, reducing free-radicals
  • promotes healthy liver function
So, especially for those who want a healthier option than traditional black tea or with less caffeine than green tea, rooibos can be a tasty and enjoyable beverage!
I love our Rooibos Orange Eucalyptus when I have a head cold - soothing and great for opening the sinuses! Colm has a cup of Organic Rooibos most evenings before going to bed - calming and warming!
We hope you try this great infusion...let me know your favourite way to drink rooibos, too!

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Isn't 'Rooibos' the Afrikaans for 'Redbush'?