The Health Benefits of Rooibos

What’s in your cup today?

As I type this, I am enjoying a refreshing Colada Crush over ice. Look at how beautiful this tea is! This blend is a Rooibos — and that is what we’re going to be talking about today on our blog.

 
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What is Rooibos?

A Red Bush tea, Rooibos is grown exclusively in the Cederberg Mountain region of South Africa. The tea belongs to the Aspalathus genus, which is genus of flowering plants in the Fabaceae legume family.

In the summer and early autumn months, the branches are harvested by hand, broken up into smaller pieces, and are then soaked in water. Once they are moistened, they are bruised and put into heaps to be oxidized for up to 24 hours. Once the herb has oxidized, it is then placed in the sun to dry.

Fun fact: Botanically speaking, Rooibos is technically a legume, as it does not come from the Camellia genus like other teas.

A Unique Flavor Profile

Woody, spicy, caramel, and honey notes are often used to describe the sweet aroma of  this beautiful tea. Nina Muller of South Africa’s Stellenbosch University conducted a study on its unique flavor profile and says, “There’s an herbal floral note which is particular to rooibos.”

The flavor is often described and mild or mellow. This is quite accurate, as it is much lower in tannins than other teas. In fact, the amount of tannins found in this red bush tea is about half the tannins found in black tea. For those unfamiliar, tannins give tea its slight bitterness.

Health & Wellness Benefits of Rooibos

  • Loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Rooibos contains a powerful bioflavonoid called Quercetin.  This bioflavonoid may offer protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as other age-related health conditions. There is substantial ongoing scientific research about the possible tumor-inhibiting power of Quercetin, such as this promising study published in the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. Another study showed that showed that drinking Rooibos can inhibit the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE). This enzyme raises blood pressure.

 

  • May act as a bronchodilator, helping those with asthma and high blood pressure. In fact, a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition looked at a flavonoid found in the tea called Chrysoeriol and researched its impact on the possible medicinal uses of this red bush tea. The conclusion of the study states: “This study provides a sound mechanistic basis for the wide medicinal use of Rooibos tea, with the therapeutic potential to be developed for congestive respiratory ailments.”

 

  • You may sleep better after drinking this tea, according Ernest DuToit of the SA Rooibos Council. “There are two critical compounds found in rooibos which interfere with the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. These are aspalathin and nothofagin – both potent antioxidants.” He goes on to say that because of the “lower the levels of cortisol in the body, the higher the likelihood of uninterrupted sleep.” Did I mention it is caffeine-free? 

 

  • You may notice an improvement in your skin. Pamper your skin from the inside out by drinking a cup (or more) a day of your favorite red tea. Have you ever heard of the skincare powerhouse ingredient called superoxide dismutase? It is a well-researched potent antioxidant that is being used in high-end skincare. The same ingredient is present in Rooibos, as are Vitamin D, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and Zinc. All benefit the skin and help keep it radiant and smooth.

We offer several delicious flavors of Rooibos here at Tealightful. Visit our website to find your new favorite!

Mother’s Day Recipe Idea: Flash Chilled Sun Fruit Sangria

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th and we are sharing a video with one of our favorite warm weather recipes! Check it out and serve it alongside your brunch.

Other Mother’s Day Ideas from Tealightful

Mother’s Day is about gratitude.

Mother’s Day is not about big ticket gifts or an elaborate arrangement sent from the florist. The greatest gift you can give a person is your gratitude. Making someone feel loved and appreciated is not something that can be ordered online and shipped through Amazon Prime. Don’t wait for “later” or a “more convenient time” to show your gratitude for the people you love.

What can you do? I have some ideas I would like to share today.

1. Give the gift of time.

You are busy. I am busy. Life is full of hustle and bustle and sometimes that takes away from what is really important in life: the people in our life. It’s experiences — not things — that truly matter. Do you live in an area with festivals? In Rochester, New York there is a wonderful annual event held at Highland Park called the Lilac Festival. Bring Mom a vase full of fragrant cut lilacs and spend the day with her strolling the festival grounds looking at arts and crafts. Does your mother enjoy art? Spend some time with her at the local art museum. Does she like to read? How about taking her to your favorite book store so you can leaf through books and then go for dessert. Spending time with those you love will be much more meaningful than material objects.

2. Give her a jar of gratitude.

Get a Mason jar and some pretty paper. Cut the paper into strips and write a favorite childhood memory on each one. Fold the papers and fill the jar with memories. Similarly, you can write qualities you admire about your mom or something you would like to thank her for on each slip. Once you have filled the jar, adorn it with a beautiful bow and gift tag.

3. Do a bit of gardening.

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Perhaps it is getting harder for your mom to get to the garden center and plant her flowers. I know that my own mom doesn’t garden these days because of a recent hip replacement, but she does enjoy hanging baskets and potted flowers.

Something you could do would be to purchase her favorite flowers and then plant them for her in her garden while she is out and about. When she gets back home, she will be greeted by beautiful new flowers. Do you have teenagers? Have them mow the lawn for her, too.

No matter how you spend your day, make sure it is spent well and with those you love.