When it’s cold outside, nothing warms you up quite like a soothing cup of hot tea. Rooibos tea is a fantastic choice, both for its delicious flavor and its medicinal properties. Rooibos isn’t technically a tea, it’s an herb. Indigenous to South Africa, this interesting red tea beverage is both caffeine-free and low in tannins.
Rooibos tea boasts many health benefits, including helping to reduce headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging. It boost the immune system, which is perfect during the current cold and flu season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has affirmed that red Rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart diseases, and other serious conditions.
Rooibos contains polyphenols, which are organic chemicals high in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and antiviral qualities. It can relieve stress, and may lower blood pressure, which helps prevent heart attacks and atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. The calcium, manganese, and fluoride minerals in Rooibos tea helps keep teeth and bones strong and healthy. People with kidney stones can drink Rooibos tea, as it doesn’t contain oxalic acid, a crystal-forming substance that can exacerbate kidney stones. While there are many health benefits of Rooibos tea, patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment should check with their physician before consuming it.
Good quality loose leaf Rooibos tea can usually be infused a couple times. Use fresh, cold filtered spring water and steep at 212 degrees for 4-5 minutes. Unlike traditional black or green tea, steeping longer will create a stronger, more flavorful beverage; it won’t turn bitter. Purchase Rooibos tea from a company like Culinary Teas, Inc. in Downers Grove; they can tell you when and how the tea was processed and packaged, and can brew you a delicious cup of it on the spot. Keep Rooibos stored in a cool, dark place away from fragrant items like coffee and spices. For more information, please contact:
Dan Nicholas, Owner
5143 Mochel Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515