Thursday, August 21, 2008

What's so Great About Rooibos Tea?

Rooibos tea or South African “Red Bush” tea has become one of my favorite drinks and is now one of the key ingredients in my newest product, Mama Love Rooibos Rose Geranium Skin Cream. My friend Vanessa introduced Rooibos to me after her trip to Africa. It’s very tasty, very much like regular tea (orange pekoe is what it reminds me of) . The version I've liked best has a hint of vanilla mixed in and is served with milk and sugar. When it brews up it looks reddish which is why it’s called Red Bush.” And the traditional kind is really good for you! It’s loaded with antioxidants and has no caffeine.

Rooibos is used to help with digestive problems in South Africa and is especially popular with mothers as a gentle solution to help their babies with colic. It has an anti-spasmodic effect and is also good for relieving nervous tension. It’s also a highly effective treatment for diaper rash, acne, contact dermatitis, eczema and other rashy skin conditions. It has anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects and is recommended for people with dry sensitive skin. Its high antioxidant content is thought to fight free radical damage and fight the effects of aging. It soothes the skin and helps it heal.

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