Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rooibos a nice surprise

 I have been drinking rooibos tea for a little over a year, however I have not been consistent with it. I purchased some African Bush Tea and finally used that up over the last month, and then I started on my Get Growing Tea that I still had, well silly me looked at the ingredients closely and realized that it too had Rooibos in it as well.  Then today I was looking at a recent hairline that I purchased from and it looks like she is offering a product with Rooibos in it.  Well shucks if that isnt a sign I dont know what is. I have been faithfully drinking my rooibos tea for a month now and look forward to reaping some of the benefits.

By now you are probably wondering what exactly is Rooibos. Well Rooibos is  colloquially known as 'Red Tea' (although not from the actual tea bush), is a naturally caffeine-free herbal plant that grows only in South Africa. The rooibos bush (pron: 'roy-bus') grows only in the Cederberg Mountain range of South Africa. It was first noted by botanist Carl Humberg in 1772. A century later, Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian immigrant, realized its marketing potential, and in 1904 began offering it as an herbal substitute to tea. The difficulty of shipping tea during World War II boosted demand for Rooibos, which began to be referred to as 'Red Bush Tea', or simply 'Red Tea.' In Japan, Rooibos is believed to aid longevity, and is known as Long Life Tea.

 It is also said to have medicinal properties. Rooibos has anti-carcinogenic and antimutagenic effects. Rooibos tea is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Consumption of rooibos tea may relief fever, asthma, insomnia, colic in infants and skin disorders. Rooibos extracts are used in ointments against eczema. In South Africa it is very common to give rooibos tea to babies who suffer from stomach cramps (colic's) Rooibos is the only known source of the phytochemical aspalathin. In vitro and animal studies have indicated that quercetin and luteolin help to prevent cardiovascular disease, some cancers and stroke. Rutin has been associated with the maintenance of blood vessels walls.  There also have been some reports that rooibos speeds up hair growth, now that remains to be seen.


Amina said...

I loooove rooibos tea. I can't imagine my life without it..lol
I drink it every day sometimes twice...lol

Amina said...

oops I forgot to say that I discovered in Zimbabwe in 06. You should have seen me at Johannesburg international airport while I was waiting for my flight to Boston. I bought at least 3 packages (100 teabags/package)

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