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This tea is officially licensed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. A percentage goes to the Mandela Day Library Project, an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It works with under-resourced schools to establish and maintain container libraries in more than 100 schools since 2011.
How to enjoy Rooibos tea
Brew a cup of Rooibos tea for 10 minutes to increase the antioxidants and enjoy with lemon and a splash of honey, or with milk. Stay hydrated with a bottle of Rooibos iced tea. Make a brew and then add honey, lemon. When it’s cool, add fresh ginger or a sprig of mint.
Rooibos tea is caffeine free and contains very little tannin, so it’s the perfect herbal tea for anxiety and nervous tension (those days when you’re feeling wired). It’s a calming drink for bedtime too.
Rooibos contains flavonoids that help fight inflammation and disease, and work to balance the immune defence system.
Rooibos tea has antispasmodic properties that help digestion and ease stomach and abdominal cramps. It can also soothe the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and is an excellent herbal tea for constipation.
Colic in babies
Despite little scientific evidence, South African mothers regularly give colicky babies rooibos to soothe their tummies and calm them. The herbal tea is generally added to the baby’s milk feed, or given separately in a bottle.
Rooibos tea may help ease symptoms of allergies.
Rooibos tea helps dilate the vessels that carry air to the lungs. That’s good news if you suffer with asthma or regular bronchial disorders.
Aspalathin, the unique antioxidant in Rooibos, may make it a useful herbal tea for diabetes by helping sufferers to lower blood sugar levels.
Research indicates that rooibos tea may lower blood pressure and reduce levels of the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.
Healthy bones and teeth
The minerals manganese, calcium and fluoride in Rooibos tea promote healthy bones and teeth.
No side effects
There are no reported negative side-effects of drinking rooibos tea. This calming beverage is safe for everyone, from pregnant women to infants and the elderly.