….A rich and dark brown hue, this ‘tea’ has a robust grounded aroma of Southern Africa… I am happy to be writing to you all from Zambia. Where Rooibos is the go-to hot beverage, what would be for us coffee (or black tea for some). Can be taken straight or with milk and sugar.
Also known as red tea, Rooibos has a rich earthy aroma and is gathered from the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis ‘bush’ plant (see our plant post here!) and is a popular medicinal drink found through out Southern Africa and children grow up drinking. It has an endless list of health benefits! To name a few, it boosts the immune system, helps relieve stomach cramps and provides asthma relief. It also has no caffeine and is low in tannins. People have used this tea to help alleviate allergies, headaches, eczema, weakness in the bones and insomnia. The tea has also been found to reduce cancer, pre-mature aging, heart disease and hypertension.
Rooibos is rich in phenol compounds, most notably polyphenols which are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and contains additional antimutagenic qualities. For bone health, rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. Rooibos tea also contain rare nutrients such as Quercetin and Bioflavanoids which promote blood circulation and other conditions. For additional information visit www.organicfacts.net
The best way to enjoy Rooibos is to drink it plain to connect with its bold grounded flavor. However it can also be blended with other flavors. Tching.com writes that it is also a nice taste when blended blueberries, raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, orange, even banana. Flavors such as Hazelnut Dolce Rooibos have come to being. Folks say that you really can’t overbrew Rooibos. Because its so low in tannins, Rooibos just tastes that much richer if forgotten.
“To drink Rooibos is to hover over a grassy prairie just after a thunderstorm as the sun begins to evaporate the rain. I always imagine this with Rooibos. I imagine standing on that prairie and taking in a deep breath. That’s Rooibos to me. So smooth. So earthy/grassy/moist. I can see the remnants of the storm now…” – Spark on tching.com
Article: Rooibos Tea: Research into Antioxidant and Antimutagenic Properties HerbalGram. 2003; 59:34-45 American Botanical Council.