Rooibos, Herbal Tea Extraordinaire
In the battle to beat soda addiction rooibos, or red bush tea, is a hefty weapon. This caffeine-free and caramel flavored herbal tea hails from South Africa, where it grows in the western Cape province. Rooibus, from the Aspalathus linearis plant, while oxidized and fermented in a similar fashion is completely different than standard tea, which comes from the Camelia sinensis plant. It has been used for relaxation purposes by the locals in South Africa for centuries. Medical science is working to discover just how much medicinal benefit it may have, inside and out.
Rooibos has 50% more antioxidants than green tea, it is rich in vitamin C, and low in tannins, which is a help to people who are sensitive to them. Its aromatic and lightly nutty caramel flavor lends itself to much the same treatment that people give black tea, with milk or with lemon, or iced. It makes a beautiful red color in the cup. It comes in a wide range of flavored options as well.
Flavored blends are numerous, and include mint, blueberry, orange, coconut, camomile, vanilla, caramel, and tiramisu.
It is brewed in the same way as regular tea, using 1 teaspoon per 8 oz of boiling spring or filtered water. However, rooibos tea requires a longer steeping time, roughly 5 minutes.
Rooibos tea is a great beverage to choose when trying to cut white sugar and corn syrup from the diet. Its lack of caffeine offers an alternative that won't keep one from sleeping, and is a good choice all day or night for that reason. It is great for people with tannin sensitivities, or who cannot tolerate ordinary tea for whatever reason. It is also a great choice to blend with chamomile for the purpose of relaxation, if one doesn't care for the taste of chamomile tea.
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