Red tea or Rooibos is a drink with a sweet taste, that reminds you of nuts and marshmallows, obtained by infusing a plant native to South Africa, belonging to the legume family: the Aspalathus linearis.
It grows exclusively in Wuppertal, a village located near the Cedarberg mountains, 200 kilometers from Cape Town, South Africa.
Unlike the black and green tea, Rooibos is completely free of caffeine, so it can be consumed by all family members. It also has a low levels of tannin.
To prepare it, you infuse it for 5 minutes in boiling water, then you add, depending on the taste, a teaspoon of honey and lemon.
Researchers recommend to consume as much red tea as one can, as it helps the body recover after heavy meals. This advice is also good in stressfull situations as it has many therapeutic properties.
Red tea contains antioxidants, including lutein, an excellent free radical neutralizing excess responsible for cell aging.
It is also particularly rich in polyphenols and flavonoids, vitamin C, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron, therefore it has an important role in boosting immunity, improving the body’s resistance to viruses and bacteria.
Red Tea has anti-allergic and antispasmodic properties, and is effective in gastrointestinal disorders, indigestion and rheumatism, urinary tract, headaches, nervousness, premenstrual syndrome, but also for high blood pressure or insomnia.
Due to its virtually zero calorie content, Rooibos tea is suitable for those who follow a reduced calorie diet and for those who want to easily lose weight.
It has a moisturizing effect, tones the body and helps it cope with high effort. It has a refreshing effect in the morning and gives you a feeling of relaxation before going to bed.
Also, because of the plant’s positive effects on the skin, the Rooibos has become one of the key ingredients in the cosmetics industry.
Last but not least, the tea helps to supplement the daily fluid intake, and it can be consumed hot or cold.
It is best if you can drink it every day, because that’s when you will really feel its exceptional benefits!