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tea 101: rooibos

Rooibos, also known as red tea, red bush, or African bush, is a caffeine-free delight. This full-bodied, aromatic red brew has a smooth, sweet taste (due to its low tannin content). Rooibos grows wild in the Cederberg mountain region near Cape Town, South Africa. A significant amount of recent research has discovered the noteworthy healing properties of rooibos. Not surprisingly, the indigenous people of South Africa have long revered its powerful health benefits. Among its numerous benefits, rooibos is rich in antioxidants and minerals, soothes the stomach and aids in digestion, reduces insomnia, and promotes healthy skin.  


health benefits

rich in antioxidants and minerals: fluoride, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium
relieves irritability, headaches, nervous tension and insomnia
boosts immune system
can be used to prevent skin aging when placed directly on skin
behaves as an anti-spasmodic agent, relieving stomach cramps and colic in infants
may be used to treat eczema, hay fever, and asthma
contains no oxalic acid, so it can safely be consumed by people who are prone to kidney stones
contains alpha-hydroxy acids which are good for the skin