Eight Reasons to Drink Rooibos Tea Posted on 07 Feb 12:05 , 0 comments

RooibosRooibos is pronounced ROY-BOSS. The word means "Red Bush" in Afrikaans. Many people still don't know about this excellent herbal tea. Rooibos comes from the fermented leaves of a shrub that only grows in one South African mountain range and nowhere else on Earth.

1. Rooibos is Delicious

Forget everything you know about bland, watery herbal teas. Rooibos has depth, color, and a robust aroma.

2. Rooibos Contains No Caffeine

I'm convinced that if more people knew about rooibos, sales of decaf coffee would plummet. This naturally caffeine-free herb won't stain your teeth or give you bad breath. Unlike decaf, rooibos is neither oily, acidic, nor diuretic. It is safe for kids as well as adults. My five year old daughter likes rooibos better than hot cocoa.

3. Rooibos is a Potent Antioxidant

Rooibos rivals green tea in its antioxidant capacity.

4. Rooibos Does Not Inhibit Iron Absorption

Unlike green and black tea, rooibos doesn't interfere with your body's iron absorption.

5. Rooibos Calms Nerves

While rooibos is not a sedative (it won't make you sleepy), it does soothe the nerves. Sipping a cup of this fragrant tea may help smooth the rough edges of your day.

6. Rooibos Soothes the Belly

Rooibos is traditionally used in its native South Africa as a remedy for colicky babies. It works on adult tummies too. 

7. Rooibos is Great for Your Skin

Rooibos tea is loaded with alpha-hydroxy acid, which has been shown to soften skin and diminish wrinkles when used topically. A pot of strong rooibos tea will make a great addition to your next restorative bath.

8. Rooibos is Easy to Brew

While the most potent and flavorful rooibos is produced by simmering loose rooibos for an extended time, you can also make a delicious cup of rooibos by dropping a tea bag into a mug of boiling water and waiting ten minutes. Try adding a bit of sweetener and creamer.