Rooibos (which is also commonly referred to as Red tea,) is a super interesting tea, it is classified as a herbal infusion since it does not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Defiantly a personal favorite of mine, it is harvested from the Spalathus Linearis bush plant that is only found in Cedarberg region near Cape Town, South Africa. it steeps to a beautiful vivid red color and is packed with health benefits!
Some health benefits include treatment for headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, relief of stress, hypertension, respiratory ailments, reduced blood pressure, improves circulation, assists to break down kidney stones and it prevent diarrhea and other digestive tract issues. it is also said to reduce risk of cancer, diabetes, premature aging and heart disease. This tea is pretty much a magical herbal cure all when you look at the list of things it helps!
Rooibos tea is high in many vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, quercetin, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid, fluoride minerals which makes it good for strong bones and teeth. The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content of Rooibos are very good for the skin.
Rooibos teas medicinal benefits were discovered in South Africa by women who used it for their colicky infants and to relive stomach ailments in children around the 1700’s, from that people started using it for pretty much every type of medicinal problem and found that it yields positive results. However, it didn’t become commercially available around the world until the 1900’s.
It seems like there’s nothing Rooibos tea can’t do! Although there are words of caution to be found about it, like any other powerful healing herb you should always consult your Doctor before using it if you are on any treatments such as chemotherapy.
Rooibos is awesome because it pairs well with so many flavors! For example, some of my favorite Rooibos blend are Ginger Bounce, Bourbon Street Vanilla and Crème Caramel. I put Rooibos in many of my favorite homemade tea blends as well because it has so many powerful properties and enhances the overall flavor. Since Rooibos is naturally sweet, it doesn’t require sweetener but a little bit of honey, raw sugar or maple syrup is very nice in it. Because of its low tannin levels, it does not become bitter when its steeped for a long time, and since it is naturally caffeine free anyone can enjoy this beverage! Variations of coffee drinks like lattes and other tea drinks like London fogs are becoming more commonly available in coffee shops made with rooibos tea, although right now that is just in South Africa, in Canada we must make our own! I really enjoy making lattes with the Crème Caramel rooibos and frothed milk.
When I first started working at Tundra, and my awesome manager Jeremy introduced me to loose leaf teas, he also showed me the wonders of Rooibos tea. I did a little bit of reading about it at that point, but I didn’t realize just how many amazing properties it has! Researching for this blog entry has really opened my eyes to the power of amazing red tea!
Next week I will write about the far more common but still very interesting and nutritious, green tea.
My name is Lily, I am the store supervisor at Tundra Transfer Ltd. I love my job because it gives me a great excuse to learn more about a topic I have a lot of personal interest in - tea. I have always enjoyed tea, growing up green tea was the only caffeinated beverage I was ever allowed to drink and from that start my interest has grown. Since my employment at Tundra Transfer I have made it part of my job to be a knowledgeable source of information on teas and started a line of Wellness teas- A fantastic line of natural herbal remedies for all kinds of ailments. A big function of this blog will be featuring different types of teas and the medicinal benefits you can get from them.
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