Rooibos Benefits and Use

RooibosA supply of cold Rooibos can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks. Use it in food preparation and for diluting fruit juice or concentrates.
Rooibos can substitute milk or water in any recipe. Make a delicious milk tart by heating the milk and Rooibos bags together.

Soak dried fruit overnight in cold Rooibos. No additional sugar needs to be added during the cooking process. The minerals in Rooibos increase the nutritional value of any dish.

Use Rooibos as a base in marinades for meat and chicken, as it is a natural meat tenderiser. (more…)

Rooibos tea plant

Rooibos tea plantThe Rooibos tea plant is a unique wispy bush found only in the Cedarberg area, a small part of South Africa’s South Western Cape region. The tea has been enjoyed for centuries as both a beverage and a heath tonic by the local indigenous population.

In 1904 this unique flavourful and healthy beverage was “discovered” by Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian immigrant and a early settler in the area. He recognized that the tea would be enjoyed by, and provide heath benefits to people far and wide, and started to prepare the market for the tea. In 1930 a medical doctor, D.R. Le Fras Nortier discovered that Rooibos tea had value as an agricultural product. However due to unique properties and requirement of the delicate plant, cultivation has always been difficult.

The plants thrive best when virtually left to their own devices in the natural soil of their origin.

The Rooibos plant

The Rooibos plantThe Rooibos plant, or Aspalathus Linearis is indigenous to the Cedarberg Mountains, which are 200 km north of Cape Town, South Africa.This aromatic shrub, which is a member of the legume family grows on the mountain slopes, plateaus, plains, and valleys.

Many centuries ago, this tea plant was well known to the people of the native Khoisan tribe; used by these ancient folk as an herbal lore of the Rooibos was forgotten. (more…)

Rooibos will Provides

One Cup of Rooibos(3g/200ml) will provide
Item Function in Body Rooibos Honeybush
Per
200ml
Per
240ml
Iron
(Fe)
Essential for transportation of Oxygen in red blood cell, combats fatigue 0.07mg 0.3mg
Potassium
(K)
Essential part of the body’s metabolic processes. 7.12mg 0.01mg
Zinc
(Zn)
Necessary for normal growth and development of healthy skin. 0.04mg 0.015mg
Manganese
(Mn)
Necessary for a healthy nervous system, other metabolic processes and for bone growth and development 0.04mg 0.11mg
Copper
(Cu)
A vital component in the body’s metabolic process 0.07mg 0.003mg
Calcium
(Ca)
Necessary for strong bones and teeth 1.09mg 0.01mg
Sodium
(Na)
Necessary for maintaining fluid and acid-base balance 6.16mg 1.5mg
Magnesium
(mg)
Necessary for a healthy nervous system, other metabolic processes 1.57mg 0.002mg
Fluoride
(F)
Essential for healthy bones and teeth. 0.22mg 1.5mg

Comparison Chart
Minerals Milligrams per Litre
Rooibos Tea Oriental Tea
Caffeine Nil 330
Tannin 726 4960
Protein 1004 unknown
Calcium 36 15

Rooibos Tea can substitute milk for water in a recipe

Rooibos Tea for waterLike good wine Rooibos gets better with age. Leftover Rooibos can always be stored in the fridge without clouding and re-used at a later stage

Rooibos Tea can substitute milk for water in a recipe. Make a delicious milk tart by heating the milk and Rooibos Tea together
Use Rooibos Tea as a tenderizer or as a base for meat and chicken marinades
Makes great ice tea…
Place cold Rooibos Tea bags over tired or red eyes
Bathe your face in cold Rooibos Tea or apply it with cotton wool if somebody suffers from skin rash, eczema or diaper rash. Rooibos Tea also serves as an inexpensive skin freshener. (more…)

Honeybush

HoneybushHoneybush is a unique indigenous South African plant (fynbos). Of the 23 wild species, only two are used in the commercial production of the Honeybush tea, Cyclopia Intermedia, that grows in the Southern Cape lowlands.

The Honeybush grows to about 1.5 meters high and sports an attractive, heavily scented flower in the spring. Honeybush tea has been used longer than Rooibos tea and is produced almost exclusively in the wild. For this reason 99% of Honeybush tea is organic by its very nature.
Since the only access is on foot, harvesting this tea from the wild requires that workers carry bags of tea on their backs to storage. It is conveyed to the bottom of the mountain by a pulley system for transport to the processing area of the farm. The tea is cut while wet, oven fermented which allows for more consistent quality, then dried and sieved. (more…)

Rooibos tea

Rooibos teaRooibos tea is a unique flavourful Caffeine free, low tannin beverage enjoyed by people all over the world.

It is a product presented in a totally natural form free of any extraneous substances such as colourants or preservatives.

It contains many essential minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, fluoride and ascorbic acid – a healthy thirst quencher for generations of babies and adults.

When given it also has been shown to have major benefits with regard to allergic conditions, stomach cramps, colic and diaper rash. (more…)