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Friday, December 27, 2013

Healthy Tea: South African Rooibos Tea Recipes

South African Rooibos Tea Recipes


The year 1904 was a special year for all Rooibos tea lovers, Benjamin Ginsberg a Russian businessperson living in South Africa started promoting the red bush, Rooibos tea. Aspalathus linearis is a shrub found in the western mountainous parts of the Western Cape that Rooibos (pronounced Roy-bos) or red bush tea is grown. Rooibos tea is made from selected forms of the shrub, which is found mainly on the Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town centered on the town of Clanwilliam.


Unprocessed Rooibos Tea

South African rooibos tea is a herbal tea that is non-caffeinated with a reddish-brown color. Rooibos has high level of antioxidants and is considered a healthy tea. The leaves are used to make the herbal tea also called red bush tea. Rooibos is a popular drink in Southern Africa for generations. Rooibos tea is made the same as black tea.
Drinking herbal tea brewed from fresh rooibos is an easy way to get nature's healing strength into your body. Rooibos teas can be hot, at room temperature or iced. There are not hard and fast rules about rooibos tea brewing. Everyone’s tastes and preferences are different. Some like strong rooibos teas and other prefer mild or lightly flavored infusions. You can also buy your rooibos dried from health food stores, and this is an excellent source for more exotic herbals. Dried rooibos will have a stronger flavor.
Try these three simple dried rooibos tea recipes combinations for one cup (8 ounces) of warmish hot water.
1.   1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves and 1 teaspoon dried rooibos
2.   1 teaspoon dried rooibos and 1 teaspoon lemongrass
3.   1 small piece ginseng root and 1 teaspoon dried rooibos


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