Updated: Feb 4
What a delisious way to end a day. A glass of refreshing Lavender Rooibos tea while watching the soft afternoon rain fall here in Colorado Springs.
Rooibos tea has always been a favorite in our family and is indigious to South Africa. My daughter drank Rooibos tea and honey in her bottles when she was a baby and today she is a beautiful 21 year old lady who still enjoys her Rooibos tea.
Here are some Rooibos facts according to the South african Rooibos council -
Rooibos contains a complex and abundant blend of antioxidants.Rooibos is the only known source of a specifically beneficial and rare antioxidant called aspalathin.Unfermented (green) Rooibos has higher levels of antioxidants than traditional, fermented Rooibos.The antioxidants in Rooibos are potent enough to measurably elevate the antioxidant levels in blood, thereby boosting the body’s internal defence systems against disease. The effect peaks about one hour after drinking 500 ml Rooibos tea.The antioxidant content of Rooibos also depends on the soil conditions of the region where the plant was grown, and on how the infusion was prepared, i.e. ratio of leaves to water, temperature of the water, extraction time, stirring, etcetera.
ROOIBOS VS CANCER, HEART DISEASE, AND MORE
Rooibos slows down the development of cancerous skin lesions.The complex mixture of polyphenols in Rooibos may help protect against free radicals. (Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage the DNA in cells, leading to cancer.)These free radicals can also oxidise cholesterol, leading to clogged blood vessels, heart attack and stroke. The antioxidants in Rooibos can neutralize these free radicals and help to limit their impact.Rooibos increases the antioxidant status of rat’s livers. This could result in Rooibos being used in the treatment of chronic liver disease. Based on recent research done in the Slovak Republic, this research team recommend Rooibos for people with chronic liver problems.Rooibos protects the brains of aged rats against oxidative damage. This could play a role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.Many of these findings require more research before specific recommendations about the use of Rooibos can be made, and therefore several research groups around the world are currently working on Rooibos.
HOW ROOIBOS MAY HELP TO PREVENT CANCER
Rooibos may prevent the healthy cell from undergoing mutagenesis (by binding free radicals, increasing the antioxidant capacity of the liver and helping the liver to cope with carcinogens).Rooibos may prevent a cell with damaged DNA from becoming a cancerous cell.Rooibos may prevent cancerous cells from multiplying and forming a cancerous tumour.
Some of the Rooibos research at South Africa’s Medical Research Council focuses on how Rooibos inhibits the development of cancer cells.
HOW CANCER DEVELOPS
When a healthy cell is exposed to things such as cigarette smoke, alcohol, the sun, pesticides, chemicals in our environment, viruses or even a high fat/high salt diet, at high levels or for a long time, its DNA may be irreversibly damaged. This is the first step in the development of cancer, but does not always lead to cancer.
With ongoing exposure to these detrimental factors, the cell may lose its ability to control the cellular growth processes and become a cancer cell.
If the exposure continues, the cancer cell can start to multiply and form a mass of cells, called a tumour.
MORE ROOIBOS HEALTH BENEFITS
Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free (no decaffeination required). Rooibos is low in tannin. No negative effects of Rooibos have ever been recorded.Many people report that Rooibos relieves allergies, sleep disorders, digestive problems and headaches. However, these claims are not yet supported by scientific research.Many physicians (especially in South Africa) recommend Rooibos to soothe infant colic, but no formal studies have been done on this.Rooibos can be enjoyed by those who want to avoid the stimulating effects of caffeine, especially late at night. Because of its zero caffeine content, Rooibos is also suitable for babies and infants, as well as for breast-feeding mothers.Rooibos is suitable as a fluid and electrolyte replacement for athletes.
ADDING LAVENDER TO ROOIBOS
Lavender is known for its pleasant aroma, bright purple flowers and it has been known to calm and relax the body and mind for many centuries. Combining the relaxing effects of Lavender with the caffeine-free health benefits of Rooibos work fantastic to support body and mind. This is an excellent healing combination for bedtime to fight sleeping disorders or just to have a little me time during the day.
You are always welcome to come and enjoy a warm cup or refresing ice Lavender Rooibos with me. Contact me to set up a date.