11 benefits to drinking Rooibos tea .
Not recognized in some areas as a tea but more a tisane since Rooibos tea (pronounced “roy-boss”) comes from a bush not a plant. The rooibos plant has a broom-like feature that is processed similar to Camillia sinensis tea. Rooibos is a member of the Fabaceae family of plants growing in South Africa. The generic name comes from the plant Calicotome villosa, aspalathos in Greek, The scientific name is Aspalathus linearis and is known for it’s sweet and fruity flavor. Rooibos can be drunken alone or blended with other herbs and teas.
Rooibos tea is packed with a flavonoid called Quercetin that act as an anti inflammatory agent, while found in many plants it’s benefits are resounding in the rooibos tea. The benefits are abounding with such things as digestive issues, high cholesterol, cataracts, hay fever, viral infections, gout, preventing cancer, prostrate issues and so much more.
By increasing blood circulation it allows blood to flow at a point that decreases headaches as well as improving the blood circulation to the heart and other parts of the body.
Rooibos tea has a calming affect on the body allowing the body to rest and when the body rests we relax, we calm down and that allows us to get the kind of sleep our body needs, uninterrupted by any sort of digestive issue going on inside our body as well as allowing the flow of our blood increasing and traveling throughout our body to different organs allowing more oxygen and much needed nutrients to flow, allowing our body to rest and not work as hard as it typically does.
Rooibos tea contains alpha hydroxy and zinch, which are excellent for the skin and can even be used to sooth your sunburns.
- Bone weakness
Rooibos tea contains many minerals such as manganese, calcium and fluoride that help strengthen and support weak bones. Rooibos is also a caffeine free herb.
Along with the affect on the immune system comes to the aid of allergies and can help squash-allergic reactions. The immune system is incredible and rooibos to the rescue can aid in calming those annoying allergy symptoms.
- Premature aging
With your blood flowing, weight loosing flavonoids your body will react in positive ways, not a miracle drug but a consent benefit to the body, cells and system that will increase the longevity of you, as you enjoy a cup of rooibos tea. Rooibos also contains alpha hydroxy acid, which reduces wrinkles and other signs of aging.
- Heart Health
The same blood flow from the rooibos that helps headaches also works to increase good heart health by improving circulation.
Several studies have shown the same connection with circulation and heart health to have a positive effect on diabetes. Rooibos tea makes a great addition to the diabetic diet.
Doctors have been known to use quercetin, the plant pigment we talked about earlier to treat cancer. Along with helping the immune system fight the attacks cancer has on the body.
Not just rooibos but several teas or herbals help guard against digestive disorders and IBS preventing pain and discomfort that accompany those with digestive issues.
- Weight Loss
I don’t always like to mention this when we talk about teas but there is always that added benefit of teas including rooibos which is polyphenols that help burn fat. It’s not a loose weigh quick drink but along with exercise and diet can help the body start to burn fat at an accelerated rate.
Rooibos is generally steeped in just boiled water at a temperature similar to a black tea or herbal infusion, around 200 to 212 degrees.
Rooibos is also included in many blends, which adds a unique flavor to the teas or other herbal ingredients as well adding to the health benefits in each blended tea or tisane.
While Rooibos is not a tea the benefits of drinking rooibos are resounding to the fact no matter what we call it, we can call it a drink that aids us in feeling and being better and there is never anything wrong with that.
Wishing you great health always
Simply, Lisa B.