Health Tips: Rooibos Tea
As a South African, Rooibos (redbush) tea is a staple in our house and always was growing up. As babies and children our regular drink was rooibos tea with milk and honey. These days it is well known and available in most supermarkets. Despite drinking rooibos regularly, I had no idea of the amount of incredible health benefits it had. In contrast to the many chemical products on the market to solve the following issues, rooibos solves and treats many of those problems AND is completely natural. This tea is important to keep in mind when thinking about your health and wellness.
Rooibos tea is a herb found in the Western Cape in South Africa. It is distinctive because of the red colour and rooibos literally translates as red-bush. This tea is free of caffeine and low in tannins. Great news for those of us battling caffeine addictions. But what makes it stand out amongst other herbal teas?
Boosts your immune system. Rooibos naturally contains a high level of polyphenols (organic chemicals with antioxidant capabilities) which are anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic.
Relieves stress and high blood pressure. Rooibos is a bronchodilator which relieves respiratory conditions and reduces blood pressure.
Recommended for those with insomnia. Since it is free of caffeine and low in tannins, it improves stress levels, mood and heart health compared to caffeinated drinks. Rooibos gives you the health benefits without the addictive substance.
Good for your bones and teeth. Rich in calcium, maganese and fluoride minerals which maintains healthy bones and teeth and also reduces chances of arthritis, osteoporosis and joint pain.
Prevents heart conditions. Contains the antioxidant quercetin which promotes good cholesterol and inhibits bad cholesterol.
Soothes Stomach Issues. Rooibos has anti-spasmodic properties which are able to ease stomach cramps or pains due to the potassium ions. It is great for improving infant health particularly for babies who suffer from colic or stomach cramps.
Balances Blood Sugar. Rooibos improved insulin resistance and glucose absorption into the muscles whilst also boosting insulin secretion from the pancreas which means it is a great option for those with diabetes and those watching their calories. Additionally, it is one of the few teas that those with kidney stones can drink.
Great for Your Skin! Due to alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc content, rooibos is able to revitalise and invigorate the skin. It can be applied directly on to the skin to help acne, pimples, sunburn, eczema, etc. Use rooibos tea instead of hard tap water to cleanse your face and skin. It can also reduce wrinkles and premature ageing symptoms – see below.
Slows Physical Ageing. The antioxidants in rooibos are able to slow down human aging both physically and cognitively.
Treats Allergies. Rooibos is used widely in South Africa to treat allergies such as eczema, hay fever, and allergy related bronchitis. It is also prescribed for asthma and topical allergic reactions.
Practical Uses For Rooibos
- Can be used as a substitute for milk in recipes
- Ideal for hydration, particularly after sports as it quickly restores mineral levels.
- Place cold used rooibos tea bags on your eyes to soothe tired or red eyes.
- Add a few tea bags to your bath to soothe skin ailments or sunburn.
- Rinse your hair with it for revitalised hair
Perfect Cuppa: For a full flavour cup of tea, allow a tea bag per person to stew in a pot on the stove for 5-10 mins. Add milk and honey or lemon and honey to taste.
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