Rooibos tea has been a favorite of mine for many years. I was first introduced to it around 10 years ago when some friends from South Africa shared some with us. From the first sip, I was a fan, and whenever I drink rooibos tea, it reminds me of those friends. So, in short, rooibos makes me happy! But, did you know that in addition to tasting delicious, and perhaps conjuring up some happy memories, rooibos tea is actually very good for you?
The Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos is a red tea and this family includes rooibos and honeybush. There have been numerous studies published about the health benefits of red teas. They also do not contain caffeine and are typically safe for people of any age. Rooibos teas come from a small area near Cape Town, South Africa. While this tea has been enjoyed in that region for generations, it is now gaining popularity around the world.
The fermentation process of the tea leaves is unique and what leaves a rich, amber-red colored tea. The taste is smoother than green or black teas, because it lacks the astringent tannins that are typical of those teas. Red teas are full of minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, sodium, iron, and manganese, as well as vitamin C and antioxidants. While red teas contain a high level of antioxidants, there are two that are specifically found in high concentrations, aspalathin and nothofagin. These antioxidants have been shown to help the body fight free radical damage.
7 health benefits of red tea may include:
- Cancer prevention, based on studies that have shown a reduction in cancer causing chemicals in the body. This is most likely due to the high levels of antioxidants.
- Improved heart health, due to one of the antioxidants called Chysoeriol. This antioxidant has been showing to improve circulation, as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Digestive disorders , thanks fot high levels of flavonoids, like quercetin, which has the ability to releive indigestion, cramping, and diareah.
- Mineral absorption, due to the lower level of tannins (which can inhinbit mineral absorption) when compared to other teas.
- Skin conditions, due to the phenylpyretic acid, which has been dhown to help with conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.
- Anxiety and nervousness, thanks to the tea promoting a sense of calmness in the body.
- Improved sleep, thanks to the high mineral content and lack of caffeine.
Due to the high levels of minerals and vitamin C, red teas a great immune system boosters. Rooibos has no known side effects and is typically safe for people of any age, as well as women who are pregnant or nursing.
How Do I Use Red Teas?
Red teas are perfect for both iced and hot applications, but I drink them iced most of the time. I drink iced herbal tea every day and red teas are often the base for many of my herbal concoctions. There are three different varieties of red teas available and I love them all:
Honeybush Tea: While this is not a true rooibos, people often refer to it as such. This red tea is naturally sweet and has a fruity flavor. It is delicious iced and children have been found to really enjoy this tea due to the complex flavors and natural sweetness. I enjoy mixing this with a variety of herbs and other berries as a delicious base for my tea blends.
Red Rooibos Tea: This tea has a delicate flavor and a gorgeous red color when brewed. It also has a nice, natural sweetness. It’s very smooth and one of my favorite iced teas. It also tastes delicious with cream in it as well.
Green Rooibos Tea: The green variety is a completely unfermented version of rooibos. It has a slight herbal taste to it and not nearly the sweetness that the red rooibos has. The color is similar to traditional green tea when brewed. The green version is said to be higher in antioxidants and trace minerals than the fermented red version and makes a delicious green tea substitute for those avoiding caffeine and/or high levels of tannins. I personally love this variety and drink it hot or iced.
I encourage you to give all of the varieties a try and see what you enjoy most. Now, lets get started with some delicious recipes!
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Delicious Rooibos Tea Recipes
All of these recipes are delicious and can use any variety of red tea interchangeably. Feel free to experiment and find a flavor combination that you enjoy. Teas are so awesome because they are flexible and customizable to your own personal tastes! I also regularly use rooibos teas as a base for some of my adaptogenic herbal tea blends. You can easily add your own favorite adaptogens into these blends. Holy basil and schisandra berries are two of my favorites. Learn more about adaptogenic herbs here.
For all of these recipes, you can use the infusion method to brew (learn how to make basic herbal preparations like infusions, decoctions, and tinctures here). Each recipe will make one quart of tea. I purchase the dried lemon, lime, and orange peel from my affiliate partner, Mountain Rose Herbs, in powdered form. If you don’t have the powdered form, you can just add your whole dried peel and use about 2-3x what the recipe calls for in powder form.
- Bring one quart of filtered water to a boil.
- Pour water over your dried tea mixture.
- Infuse for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain off the herbs.
- Serve hot or iced.
- Will keep in the fridge for up to two days.
Honeybush Tea Recipe
- 3 tbsp. honeybush tea
- 2 tbsp. Barberries
- 1 tbsp. rosehips
- 1 tbsp. red raspberry leaf
- 1/2 tbsp. nettle leaf
- 1/2 tsp. dried lemon peel powder
Red Rooibos Tea Recipe
- 3 tbsp. red rooibos tea
- 2 tbsp. elderberries
- 2 tbsp. red raspberry leaf
- 1 tbsp. nettle leaf
- 1 tsp. dried orange peel powder
- 1 cinnamon stick
- pinch of dried stevia leaves (optional)
Green Rooibos Tea Recipe
Do you like rooibos tea? What is your favorite way to drink it? Do you drink it plain or mix it with other herbs.
- “Red Teas“. Mountain Rose Herbs.
- “The Health Benefits of Red Rooibos Tea“. Organic Facts.
- “10 Amazing Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea“. Underground Health
- “Rooibos“. Wikipedia.
- This post is part of Wildcrafting Wednesday