You’ve probably heard about Cammellia sinensis which is commonly known as the black and green tea, however, do you know that there is another wonderful tea that offers countless of health benefits? The said tea in question is the Rooibos tea also called as redbush tea which is an indigenous plant of South Africa particularly in Cederberg which is located in the northern part of Cape Town.
The Rooibos tea has been present for over 300 years and first appeared in the South African market during the 1700s. During the first few years, only the South African locals have enjoyed the essentials of this herb, but when the 1990s has come, several developments have sprouted which allowed a mass production of commercial rooibos tea not only within the boundaries of South Africa but also in other parts of the world.
By 2000s, several countries like the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Germany started importing rooibos tea. This plant grows usually in the early spring. It has long needle-like leaves which indicate the plant is a member of the legume family, and it produces yellow colored flowers. The leaves and stems of the plant are commonly used for making tea. Rooibos tea farmers bundle the stems and leaves of the plant. Then, it is placed under an oxidation process to extract the plant’s oil. It is easy to identify of a rooibos tea undergone an extensive oxidation process. The more the plant is exposed to oxygen, the redder it becomes and has a richer flavor, hence, less exposure to oxygen means it is greener in color has no distinctive sweetness. Drinking rooibos tea benefits you a good health and protects you from diseases. It contains essential therapeutic properties (anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-mutagenic because of polyphenol) that are seldom found in other beverages such as coffee and some other teas. Here are some of the most important advantages of drinking rooibos tea.
1. Helps in relaxation by fighting stress, anxiety, and depression.
2. Boosts heart health and prevents the spread of cardiovascular disorders.
3. Has a high level of antioxidant properties which is a natural anti-aging compound.
4. Helps in weight loss.
5. Keeps healthy blood circulation
Indeed, there are more you have to know about the goodness of rooibos tea. You can read more about it here at the Alternative Daily. com.