Organic Rooibos Tea is exactly what it sounds like. Tea made from the leaf of the rooibos plant that has been grown south Africa and other Asian countries centuries.
Traditional rooibos tea is water filtered using a chemical process and may also contain organic ghee or coconut oil. It is not processed with anything beyond processing techniques like composting, rinsing and leaving the tea to air-dry.
This is the traditional way of making tea that has been passed down through generations and passed down from family to family since the beginning of tea drinking in China (5000-4000 BCE).
It is important to note that the pot of tea left to air-dry
It is a caffeine free herbal tea that is often described to have a silky smooth texture.
Rooibos Tea / (ˈrɔɪbɒs) /https://www.dictionary.com/browse/rooibos-tea?s=t
1. Southern African tea prepared from any of several species of Borbonia or Aspalanthus, believed to have tonic properties
The correct pronunciation of Rooibos is roy-bos. Many people also refer to it as “Redbush”.
What are the benefits of Organic Rooibos Tea?
Rooibos tea is definitely a delicious organic tea, But benefits of Organic Rooibos Tea? There are actually quiet a few!
To begin with the most important one for most people, Organic Rooibos tea is caffeine free!
That makes it ideal for people who are caffeine sensitive or pregnant and can’t have caffeine.
Or perhaps you just simply want a cup of tea with out the accompanying jitters that usually come with a dose of caffeine.
Speaking as a caffeine addict myself, I still love this organic tea, especially as a loose tea. But i wouldn’t use it to break me out of my morning brain fog, it’s definitely more of an afternoon delight.
It has lower tannins than most other types of tea
This is especially important for those who suffer from anemia and reduced iron as tannins have been shown to slow down the bodies ability to absorb iron.
You can read more about a study done on “the effects on iron status in south african adults at risk for coronary heart disease” in which it was shown that:
Results showed that consumption of rooibos tea did not adversely affect the iron status of this study population when taking into account the habitual dietary composition and genetic variation in the HFE gene affecting iron absorption.Jeanine L Marnewick
Organic Rooibos Tea is very dense in antioxidants
As humans, antioxidants are very important to us. They have been shown to prevent free radicals from damaging cells in the body which directly correlates with lowering cancer risk. There are 2 versions of Organic Rooibos Tea, green and red.
The green variation of Rooibos contain higher levels of quercetin and aspalathin vs the red so it is preferred if you are trying to get in as many antioxidants as possible.
Unfortunately a study also showed that the benefits are short lived and you must continue to drink the tea regularly. It also has no direct impact on the levels of antioxidants in the blood.
Organic Rooibos Tea has no calories
This is good news for you folks trying to lose weight but have a bad habbit of always needing something in your mouth.
Sipping on lots of Rooibos tea, green or red, is perfectly fine and can help avoid other food cravings which do have calories.
It’s also been shown to increase the amount of leptin, a hormone that works to regulate the stomachs full and empty signals to the brain.
Not only that, but it’s ability to prevent the body from creating new fat cells which is a big deal!
Rooibos can be used as a topical wrinkle remover
Yes! You can use rooibos as a topical cream on your skin, even sensitive skins. It may remove wrinkles and in effect gives you more smooth soft skin. You can either make a cream yourself or buy one online for convenience.
It should be noted that drinking the tea has no obvious benefits for your skin and this only works if directly applied to skin. Just do us a favor and don’t dump a boiling hot cuppa on your face!
Instructions for making rooibos tea
Since people like their tea in a variety of different strengths, You can go up or down from the instructions bellow. For a normal strength cup, 1 teabag should be steeped for 2-5 minutes. For loose leafs, Add to about 1 teaspoon to your tea brewer and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Rooibos can be drunken both hot and cold and is down to user preference. It blends well with dairy or other none-dairy whiteners. Add sugar to taste.