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Drinking for Good Health: Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea, originating from South Africa, is being hailed for its plethora of health benefits. These benefits include curing headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies and premature aging. The tea has no caffeine and can be enjoyed as often as you would like. The USDA has even noted the tea can help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions.

What makes Rooibos tea so great?

The tea is rich in many important minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, and alpha hydroxy acid. Many of these minerals, particularly calcium and manganese, assist in healthy bones and teeth. Manganese works on an even deeper level and can actually help repair bone damage. The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc in Rooibos tea help keep your skin healthy. Alpha-hydroxy acids have been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and zinc is well known for its ability to treat pimples and sunburns.

In addition, the tea contains polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimutagenic properties. These polyphenols hunt down and eliminate free-radicals in the body, which also contributes to fighting signs of premature aging. Rooibos tea is also known as a bronchodilator, which means it helps relieve respiratory symptoms as well as reduce blood pressure. This also makes the tea a good option for those suffering from asthma, allergies, or hay fever.

Another unique antioxidant found in Rooibos tea is aspalathin, which can help balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, and boost insulin secretion from the pancreas. Thus, this antioxidant is extremely useful in preventing type-II diabetes and can help those already suffering from the disease by preventing sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar.

How to Enjoy Rooibos Tea

Now that you know what’s so great about Rooibos tea, you might be wondering how to enjoy it. Below are a couple of recipes.

Hot

Just add one Rooibos tea bag to a cup of boiling water and let steep. The tea is naturally sweet, so go easy on the honey or sweetener.

Iced

Brew a cup (or pot) of tea as you would hot tea, but double the number of tea bags used for hot tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. You can pour the tea over a glass full of ice for immediate refreshment, or let the tea cool to room temperature/in the refrigerator for refreshment later.

Once you remove the tea bags and they have cooled, you can even use them topically to soothe irritated skin.

Rooibos Tea Steam

A great way to pamper your skin is with a Rooibos tea steam (use the dried Rooibos herb in this case).

You will need:

Directions:

Place the bowel on the surface where you will be steaming; pour the just-boiled, hot water into the bowl. Add the Rooibos tea leaves/bags, and let steep for 10 minutes. While it is steeping, wash your face and remove all makeup and tie back your hair. When the tea is warm, get in position with your face over the bowl (not too close) and drape the towel over your head. Steam for 10 minutes, or shorter if needed. If the steam/water is too hot, wait a couple of minutes longer until it cools. Pat your face dry and moisturize.

Rooibos tea is a great-tasting beverage with many benefits. With its great taste, lack of caffeine, and wide range of antioxidants, it is a tea that should be enjoyed often. As always, please check with your doctor before incorporating any new herb such as rooibos into your diet.

How and Where to Buy

Rooibos tea bags or dried herb can be bought at local health food stores or online.

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