Wait here we go again, another tea we should be drinking I hear you say? well its worthwhile, if you have never heard of Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) or Redbush tea then lets have a look into this stuff. Its pretty amazing and can be drunk at anytime during the day. I regularly enjoy it in the evening and late afternoon thanks to its relaxing effect and hydrating properties. Plus it tastes amazing especially with a touch of raw honey…….
Its often called Red-Bush tea and is a staple in its native South Africa and its also popular in the Netherlands. Its derived from the red bush plant which is a shrub that grows in places like Cape Town, the plant is filled with yellow sharp flowers which are chopped up and left to dry in the sun and ferment making the tea.
It has been found to have a great effect as an anti-oxidant and works to protect the brain. In fact mice who regularly drink their Rooibos tea are shown to age far far slower than regular mice, this is thanks to the tea’s protecting effect on the nervous system and brain. It doesn’t stop there the red stuff has other benefits like being able to ward off skin conditions and get you into deeper more restful sleep!
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Rooibos teas are naturally caffeine free, so they can be enjoyed at any time of day and are suitable for the whole family. Rooibos is rich in antioxidants and AHAs, long valued for fresh glowing skin, gently rehydrating and low in tannin.
Rooibos is known for its cancer fighting and immune stimulating effects this is thanks to the flavnoids in the tea when its brewed which have a potent protecting effect on your body.
Skin and Liver Cleansing
Once brewed Rooibos has been shown to have a great effect on treating skin problems. applying a used Rooibos bag to a cut or rash will give you instant benefit. Drinking the tea is also known to give people more radiant skin and ward off acne and other skin problems.
This is my favorite benefit of drinking Rooibos it has an amazing effect on settling the stomach. I usually start drinking a cup in the late afternoon then have another before bed. Not only does this help me wind down but it soothes digestion and improves general well being of the intestines. Rooibos is also Tannin free which is beneficial to those who cannot drink high tannin tea like black tea or peppermint….
If you don’t believe me just try it out, this stuff is a super relaxant. Have a few cups this evening/afternoon and I can guarantee you that you will feel far more relaxed and enjoy more restful sleep. I have no idea why this is but it is defintely the most relaxing herbal tea I have ever tried trumping both Green Tea and Chamomile Tea….
Rooibos tea has long been used as a replacement to black tea is places like Holland where they drink it with honey and a dash of milk in the morning. Its also very tasty to compliment all kinds of food and if you ice it you can sip on your tea all day long and reap the benefits.
I really feel that Red Bush tea should be a staple in everyone’s pantry along with Green Tea and Coffee. Remember to brew it for at least 6 minutes before drinking and reel in the anti-oxidant super punch that it brings with it, remember bagged rooibos tea is fine and there is no need to get the loose variety to get the benefits.