Benefits of Rooibos (Red) Tea

My latest obsession with tea is now rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) tea. It is also called Red Bush tea, red tea, or to the Japanese “long life tea.” The one I am drinking now is from Good Earth out of Santa Cruz, California. Another one is from Bushbabies, organic red tea with Honey Bush. The Good Earth is great, the is much sweeter and a little spicer then my usual black or green tea. And Bushbabies tasted awful, more like drinking bark (despite the addition of Honey Bush).  But I did manage to drink them with a little help of real honey.

I wanted to try a different tea since reading about how drinking too much green or black tea could result in the loss of iron. Not to mention kidney stones too. Yet adding a slice of lemon is recommended while drinking green tea can counteract the effect of iron loss. But it’s not easy for me to have lemon juice around. Especially when I’m away from the kitchen.

The many benefits of Rea tea include and ability to soothe the body’s reaction to allergy and rashes. You can can put the tea bag under your eyes or apply to your face. Red tea also contains anti-spasmodic agents which can relieve stomach pains. Many in Asia believe it has an anti-aging effect, just like green tea. Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free. So it’s great for pregnant women and children. I usually like to drink at least 3 cups of green tea a day. But I’ve been switching between fruity herbal tea, white peony tea, and now to the Red tea.

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