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Although attempts have been made to cultivate the plant elsewhere, it grows and thrives naturally in only one area in the world – the Cederberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Here are top 10 Rooibos Tea Facts from Bushmans Kloof Retreat in the Cederberg.
1. Rich in certain flavonoids and anti-oxidants found in rooibos only.
2. Contains no additives, preservatives or caffeine.
3. Soothes the nervous system because of the magnesium it contains.
4. Promotes skin health because it contains zinc and alpha-hydroxy acids.
5. Has antispasmodic properties, so it relieves stomach cramps and colics.
6. Our daily amounts of calcium, manganese and especially fluoride, required forthe development of strong bones and teeth, are met by regular consumption of it.
7. Rooibos is not really a tea, but a true herb.
8. In Japan, Rooibos is referred to as “Long Life Tea” and is an anti-aging
9. Rooibos has no negative effect on the body’s absorption of iron and proteins as it is low in tannin.
10. It is safe for infants and pregnant women to consume rooibos tea.
And here are three tips to brew a cup of rooibos:
- Add a heaped teaspoon of loose leaves or 1 bag for every cup of boiling water.
- Allow to steep for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your strength preference.
- Serve black with honey and a slice of lemon.