Everyone has heard of rooibos tea, but few know how to properly brew and drink it. If you want to know whether rooibos tea is good for you and how to prepare this drink correctly, read our new article.
An exotic caffeine-free drink with a pleasant aroma and taste is about rooibos tea, a South African drink that perfectly tones and has many useful qualities. From this article you will learn:
What is rooibos?
It is customary to call red tonic tea rooibos. This tea appeared on the Ukrainian market recently, and not everyone knows how to brew it correctly. But the one who once learned and drank properly brewed rooibos tea will not want any other tea.
Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of a shrub that grows in South Africa. It is called aspalatus linear, popularly it is simply “red bush”. It differs from other shrubs in that it has red branches and narrow leaves. It is these leaves that are used to make tea.
First, they are cut and ground, and then subjected to fermentation. It is thanks to the fermentation process that the tea acquires a red hue and a pleasant sweetish taste with woody notes. This is how red rooibos is made. But there is still a rare green rooibos. For this, the leaves are not fermented, but dried in the sun.
Composition and benefits of rooibos tea
Rooibos tea, both green and red, contains many useful substances, vitamins, and most importantly, amino acids.
Composition of rooibos tea:
- Vitamin A, B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12), vitamins E, P, K and D, as well as ascorbic acid.
- Magnesium, zinc, fluorine, sodium, iron.
- Antioxidants (50% more than in green tea).
- Aromatic oils.
Important information about rooibos tea. It does not contain caffeine and also has a low content of tannins.
Useful properties of rooibos tea:
- It slows down the aging process of body cells, helps to preserve youth and activity.
- It is a prevention of oncological diseases, because it contains a large amount of antioxidants that suppress free radicals in the body.
- Supports liver and kidney function.
- It is a natural antibiotic, relieves pain.
- Lowers body temperature, helps reduce fever during illness.
- Disinfects the oral cavity, helps reduce irritation after dental procedures.
- Helps to get rid of skin problems, shown to those who have acne.
- It helps with constipation and diarrhea, because it improves the work of the intestines.
- Reduces the impact of stress on the body, relaxes (mainly due to the high content of aromatic oils).
- Reduces pressure.
- Normalizes the level of sugar in the blood.
- It has a weak antihistamine effect.
- Supports the body’s assimilation of calcium, ascorbic acid, fluoride and iron.
Who can not drink rooibos tea
The beneficial properties of rooibos tea sound very pleasant, but it is still worth paying attention to the negative features. Every medicine can be poison if it is used incorrectly or given to someone who cannot take it.
So, the main contraindications of rooibos tea are as follows:
- Individual intolerance, allergy to rooibos or its components.
- Exacerbation of chronic diseases of the stomach — gastritis, ulcer.
- Lowered blood pressure, as tea lowers it even more.
Be careful! If you have diabetes, you should consult your doctor before adding rooibos tea to your diet.
Improperly prepared rooibos is the main contraindication
Do not drink a lot of rooibos tea every day, as it can cause swelling, rashes, itching in the body. And, of course, you can’t drink hot rooibos — the temperature of the drink should be no more than 50 degrees Celsius. Hot rooibos can cause stomach cramps, and for those with migraines, even a headache attack.
Can you drink rooibos tea during pregnancy?
If you do not have an individual reaction to tea, low blood pressure or chronic stomach diseases — yes. If you have diabetes, you should consult a doctor.
The drink is useful for pregnant women because it does not contain caffeine. That is why you can drink it not only during pregnancy. Rooibos during breastfeeding is also useful for the baby and mother.
Systematic consumption of rooibos tea will help cope with stress, which a pregnant woman has a lot of. Also, this tea helps remove excess fluid from the body and fights swelling. The good news is that rooibos tea helps to cope with toxicosis.
How to properly brew and drink rooibos
We have already written that improperly brewed rooibos tea can be a real disaster. And not only in taste.
So, in order for rooibos tea to give all the useful substances and fully reveal its taste, it should be brewed correctly. It’s all quite simple, you need a simple teapot and boiling water.
Brewing rooibos tea
- Scald the teapot with boiling water and pour dry rooibos tea into it. 1 teaspoon of tea is needed for 1 cup of boiling water. That is, if you have three friends at home, you will need four spoons of tea and four glasses of boiling water.
- Cover the tea with a lid and let it brew for 30 minutes. Then you can pour it into cups.
Advice from the author. If you want to make rooibos tea even tastier, add a spoonful of honey and a slice of lemon to each cup. I also like to add a piece of ginger for flavor. And rooibos can be brewed in milk. To do this, simply replace the water in this recipe with hot milk. Try it: it’s very tasty.
How to drink rooibos tea
Rooibos tea should be drunk from a porcelain or glass container, earthenware does not like this drink.
Also remember that the most useful rooibos is cold or warm. You shouldn’t drink hot rooibos, unless you want to spend half a day with a headache.
And what kind of tea do you like to drink?