Rooibos Tea: what are the health benefits?
Rooibos has long been regarded as a popular caffeine-free tea, but did you know it possesses other health benefits?
Where does Rooibos tea come from?
The herbal tea, pronounced “roy-boss” in Afrikaans, originates from the Cederberg mountains of South Africa, the only place in the world you will find a shrub called Aspalathus Linearis.
The seeds are planted in late summer (February and March in the UK) and are only ready for harvesting some 18 months later. The leaves are then cut, aired and watered, before being dried in piles which turns the leaves into their distinctive rust-red colour.
For green rooibos, the drying process is much shorter and occurs immediately after harvesting.
It is worth noting that Rooibos is not technically a tea as it does not come from the tea plant. Rooibos is actually an infusion or tisane.
What are the benefits of Rooibos tea?
Many people simply love the taste of Rooibos, which has a full, malty flavour with hints of cherries. This makes it an ideal caffeine-free alternative to an everyday breakfast tea, and can be enjoyed with or without milk.
Rooibos tea remains popular in its native country as it contains a high level of antioxidants, and has been linked with lowering blood pressure and tension. This calming effect can help to fight heart disease, while balancing blood sugar levels and enhancing the body’s immune system.
Being rich in fluoride, manganese and calcium, means Rooibos tea can help maintain healthy bones. There are also reports of anti-inflammatory properties, which some believe can ease abdominal pain.
How to enjoy Rooibos tea
Whether it’s the first cup of the day or a refreshing afternoon beverage, Rooibos is perfect with breakfast or a biscuit.
Much more than just a drink, Rooibos is a versatile ingredient which can be used for a variety of purposes, including cakes, cocktails and even wine. Locals believe that its natural cherry and honey flavours are perfect with orange and vanilla.
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If you fancy giving Rooibos tea a try, we have a wide selection available, including traditional, green and even a hot chocolate blend. Don’t forget that our team of tea experts are always on hand to give you some helpful advice.
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