Ahh, nothing beats the essence of vanilla rooibos. This crimson tea is just as robust and refreshing as any earl grey or English breakfast, but, there is no caffeine in rooibos, so non-caffeine folks, this tea is for you.
I truly think that teas are growing more popular because people are falling into the wonderful life-giving benefits of the various blends out there. Each tea is made with different herbs or flowers or even spices, and these botanical treasures hold many healing characteristics; I will discuss some of these characteristics of rooibos later on.
For now, sip on this smoothie that I made using chilled red rooibos tea.
Sip On This: Vanilla Rooibos Smoothie
While red rooibos is delicious on its own, hot or iced, I decided to try something totally different with it by using it in a smoothie.
The smoothie was made with Fair Trade Organic Rooibos by Equal Exchange, frozen strawberry, and frozen banana; it turned out to be pretty yummy.
Note: steep the tea for 5-7 minutes, and make sure to chill the tea for about 15 minutes before using it in the smoothie
SHOUT OUT TO EQUAL EXCHANGE
Equal Exchange is a wonderful company that supports small farms from all over the world. Their red rooibos tea comes from Wupperthal Original Rooibos Co-operative in Africa, and on the Equal Exchange page for rooibos tea, there is a background story about this amazing “organized group of small-scale farmers”.
7 Health Benefits of Vanilla Rooibos Tea
I dive into many health and wellness articles when I have some spare time to relax, and just reading about the benefits of different wholefoods and botanicals makes me feel cleaner and lighter.
I picked out a few major benefits from various posts about red rooibos, so here’s a list of some of them.
Improves Bone Health
Red rooibos tea is loaded with minerals like calcium, manganese, and fluoride; these nutrients help maintain strong bone structure and teeth.
Improves Heart Health
Red rooibos contains a powerful antioxidant called quercetin and it has been linked to preventing a good number of heart conditions, such as: atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
Treats and May Prevent Diabetes
A study done in 2013 by the Department of Applied Life Science at Tokyo University introduced the very high possibility that a vital nutrient of rooibos called aspalathin has anti-diabetic traits, due to its therapeutic potential.
Aids In Digestion
There are several anti-spasmodic nutrients present in rooibos tea, and these help prevent abdominal pain, and also reduce the chances of diarrhea.
For this reason, rooibos is know to aide asthmatics, and can even treat skin reactions.
There is something called alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) that is found in red rooibos tea, and this acid reduces the signs of wrinkles and other aging symptoms.
Red about the benefits of AHA here.
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