ROOIBOS MORE THAN JUST A CUP OF TEA
By: Sbongakonke Mbatha
Rooibos has become a universal ingredient, safe to use in every dish.
This proudly South African tea is safe to use in a dish, mix in a cocktail, drink as a tea and use to soothe your skin.
According to Vital.co.za, the popular rooibos tea, made from the aspalathius linearis plant, has been proven to contain pholyphenols, which is a powerful anti-oxidant that has long-term skin benefits.
Grown along the Cape’s mountainous Cederberg area, the west has innovated new ways of using this home grown tea to their advantage. They have produced rooibos steak marinade, rooibos cocktails, rooibos juice, an entire rooibos beauty range, lotions and spar treatment.
“It has an attractive smell and tastes so good,” said Lizelle Herald, a regular rooibos consumer.
According to UndergroundHealth.com, the rooibos plant grows naturally without caffeine. This makes it safe for anyone to drink. It contains powerful anti-oxidants which helps protect the body. It prevents some cancers. It has more minerals than water; it improves circulation, relieves stomach ailments, aids absorption of iron, relieves skin conditions, protects the body and skin against diseases and encourages peaceful sleep. Rooibos is the most trending food ingredient around.
“Three years ago I was pregnant with my second child. I had horrible contractions, sometimes so bad I would fall to the floor and couldn’t walk. I tried everything. Then someone I work with gave me rooibos tea. It helped with my contractions almost right away. I still had them but they were not as painful or as uncomfortable,” said Jane Winniberg- a Rooibos consumer.