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A few facts about Rooibos

Rooibos tea is touted as one of the healthiest drink on the market, with a whole host of benefits. Yet not many know the full benefits of drinking Rooibos tea:

 

Rooibos is not really a tea, but a herb. The brew made from the dried Rooibos leaves is therefore a herbal infusion (known as a tisane) rather than a tea, but is widely known as Rooibos tea.

Did you know that:

Rooibos has no kilojoules.

Rooibos is strongly recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension, as it has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Stomach and indigestive problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation can be relieved by drinking naturally caffeine-free Rooibos.

Rooibos has anti-spasmodic properties , thus relieving stomach cramps and colic in infants .

Rooibos is quite safe for nursing mothers, pregnant woman and infants to drink.

Rooibos is of benefit in the management of allergies like hay fever, asthma and eczema.

Rooibos has a soothing effect on the skin, relieving itching and certain skin irritations like eczema, nappy rash and acne when directly applied to the affected area.

Rooibos has also been found to be rich in anti-oxidants plus flavonoids and has 50 times more SOD than Green Tea as well as other anti-oxidants not found in other tea.

Rooibos is a pure and natural product, as it contains no colourants, additives or preservatives.

Rooibos has a distinctive colour, flavour and aroma, which differentiates it from most other teas. The flavour can be described as sweet and nutty. In many countries Rooibos is enjoyed as a hot or cold beverage without milk and sweeteners.

The vibrant red colour of Rooibos comes from the natural colour that develops during the post-harvest “fermentation” (oxidation) process, brought about by natural enzymes in the plant.

Rooibos also supplements the daily amounts of calcium, manganese and especially fluoride, needed for the development of strong teeth and bones.

Rooibos contains zinc and alpha-hydroxy acid , which promotes a healthy skin and magnesium which is necessary for a healthy nervous system.

Since Rooibos contains no oxalic acid it can be drunk freely by people suffering from kidney stones.