ROOIBOS, alternatively red bush, is generally used to make a refreshing beverage which is commonly known as rooibos tea. Rooibos is the shrub Aspalathus Linearis. Rooibos is endemic to the slopes of the Cedarberg mountain range in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The shrub grows up to 2m high. The colloquial or Afrikaans name of Rooibos derives from the fact that the fine needle-like leaves of the plant turn red on fermentation.
Rooibos (Red Bush) tea has fortified South African infants and children for generations. Organically grown, caffeine free, stimulant free, colorant free, preservative free, low in tannin. rich in minerals and vitamins, and with 50 times the anti-oxidant properties of green tea, it is an ideal compliment to fruit juices products and a healthy addition to dairy. It’s time to share in the magic.
Baby’s can be introduced to Rooibos (Red Bush) as soon as they move onto fruit juices and dairy products. It is a tasty and healthy addition to any milk bottles and can also be enjoyed on it’s own as a mild herbal tea or mixed with a favorite fruit juice. Because it is low in tannins it is not bitter and has no need of sweeteners. It has a characteristic and pleasant fruity flavour. Rooibos (Red Bush) is known to aid digestion, help relieve colic and stomach cramps, help with allergies, hay fever and asthma and it is rich in minerals and vitamins.
Rooibos also has mild natural antiseptic properties and is a helpful aid for nappy rash and eczema. It can be used as a wipe during nappy changes and is a natural and effective aid when bathed in. (Add two teabags to a small bath).
It can be served either hot, as a traditional tea, with or without milk and sweetener (try a small spoon of honey), or cold as an iced tea or fruit juice mix. It makes an excellent iced tea, and keeping a jug in the refrigerator (mixed with some fresh lemon and mint) is a pleasant tasting and healthy thirst quencher for your entire family on those hot days.
Rooibos helps to calm active children down, lets them sleep well, helps replace essential minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc and sodium, relieves acne and increases iron absorption.
Rooibos is even good for expectant and breastfeeding mothers. Because it is caffeine free it can be used throughout your pregnancy and during breastfeeding. In fact the vitamins and minerals are very beneficial to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and because Rooibos (Red Bush) helps with the absorption of iron it is a natural aid to breastfeeding mothers who may suffer from anemia.
Rooibos tea is believed to have a positive effect on dermatological diseases (skin disease) or dermatitis. Sufferers have reported that drinking and applying rooibos tea to the afflicted area has had a very beneficial effect on eruptions of acne. Rooibos tea is also said to have significant anti spasmodic properties and as such is useful as a drink for infants suffering from colic.
It has also been claimed that Rooibos tea assists effectively in the relief of allergies causing Hay Fever and Asthma.
The additional benefits of rooibos tea are that since it has a high mineral content including sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc as well as significant amounts of trace elements such as fluoride, manganese and copper, it contributes to the maintenance of metabolic processes as well as promoting healthy bones teeth and skin.
Rooibos tea is claimed to have anti-aging properties. Current research tends to lend some credibility to these claims. However, until further research is undertaken the expectation of rooibos tea promoting a healthier life would seem more realistic than believing it would lead to an increased lifespan.
Since Rooibos tea contains very little oxalic acid it makes a suitable drink for people prone to kidney stones.
Rooibos has anti-carcinogenic and antimutagenic effects. Rooibos tea is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Consumption of rooibos tea may relief fever, asthma, insomnia, colic in infants and skin disorders. Rooibos extracts are used in ointments against eczema. In South Africa it is very common to give rooibos tea to babies who suffer from stomach cramps (colics).
Rooibos is the only known source of the phytochemical aspalathin. In vitro and animal studies have indicated that quercetin and luteolin help to prevent cardiovascular disease, some cancers and stroke. Rutin has been associated with the maintenance of blood vessels walls.
Because rooibos contains no caffeine, it is suited for babies and children. The low level of tannins in rooibos will prevent problems with iron absorption.
Nutritional Value of 3g/200 ml of Rooibos:
* Iron (Fe) 0.07 mg
* Potassium (K) 7.12 mg
* Zinc (Zn) 0.04 mg
* Manganese (Mn) 0.04 mg
* Copper (Cu) 0.07 mg
* Calcium (Ca) 1.08 mg
* Sodium (Na) 6.16 mg
* Magnesium (Mg) 1.57 mg
* Fluoride (F) 0.22 mg