Rooibos tea may be an acquired taste for some, but many learn to love it in no time. With many proven benefits and zero caffeine, rooibos is a great replacement for pure teas. To get the most benefits, you should be enjoying the tea you are drinking. Thankfully, rooibos is an extremely versatile tea and you can use it in many ways. Use it as an herbal infusion when cooking or add some rooibos to your morning smoothie.
What is Rooibos Tea?
Grown exclusively in South Africa. Rooibos is an oxidized herbal tea made from aspalathus linearis. To an unfamiliar palate, rooibos may taste both unique and strange. The introduction of rooibos blends was the changing point in the perception of rooibos tea among western tea drinkers.
Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos is one of the rare teas that is likely safe for infants and all other age groups. With zero caffeine, it’s abundant in antioxidants that help fight free radical and protect our bodies from internal and external damage. Rooibos may be beneficial in managing diabetes type 2, stress, blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and protect against heart diseases. Just like green tea, it has, antiviral, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Animal studies suggest that rooibos may help liver in reducing the damage caused by toxins. A few cups of rooibos tea may also do wonders for the skin. As a powerful antioxidant, rooibos may prevent the skin from sagging and becoming wrinkled, prevent skin cancers caused by UVB radiation and help heal the wounds.
DIY Rooibos tea blend
Blending your own rooibos tea gives you an opportunity to create any blend you wish and experiment with new flavors every day. Use about 2/3 parts of pure red rooibos tea and 1/3 part of other ingredients. You can adjust the ratio of the base tea vs. other ingredients, but try to keep rooibos dominant. It blends perfectly well with chocolate flavors, citrus flavors and spices. Try blending it with white chocolate drops, a bit of crushed vanilla bean stick and some pecan nuts. Add some freeze dried raspberries and dried mint. Go wild!
Go even wilder and use your homemade tea blend to make a Rooibos Smoothie or add an extra kick to your cup with a shot of brandy. .