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Rooibos Tea is actually not a “tea” in the traditional sense of the word. Rooibos means “red bush,” and it’s a broom-like member of the Fabaceae family of plants that only grows in a small mountainous region of South Africa. For over a century South Africans have enjoyed the delicious taste and health benefits of this naturally sweet beverage, consuming it hot or cold and even giving it to children to enjoy (it’s great for the immune system, and it’s caffeine-free). Rooibos lovers swear by it for its antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory properties, and wealth of beauty benefits including clear skin and weight loss support. Still need a reason to try this natural beauty secret? Check out the top reasons you should make Rooibos Tea part of your daily routine, the 7 biggest beauty benefits of Rooibos Tea.
7. Rooibos makes you glow
There is evidence that alpha hydroxy and zinc helps keep your skin healthy, glowing and youthful, and rooibos is rich in both of these important nutrients. Alpha hydroxy revitalizes your skin and reduces the signs of aging, while zinc protects against UV damage, heals wounds, and contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and alleviates acne. So drink it up, or slather it right on your skin, either way, rooibos will give you a fresh-faced glow.
6. It gives you luxurious locks
Rooibos also promotes shiny hair and prevents hair loss. When applied right to your scalp, the active ingredients in rooibos can slough off dead skin cells and unblock hair follicles. It also contains precious nutrients like zinc, calcium, potassium and copper, which all stimulate hair growth. Treating your hair to the occasional rooibos rinse will keep your mane soft and shiny as well. That’s because the polyphenols (antioxidants) work as a natural deep conditioner. Just steep a few bags of rooibos in a bucket of boiling water for at least 30 minutes (until it’s cooled), then soak your hair with it and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
5. It’s anti-aging
Antioxidants play a huge role in fighting age-related illness and in slowing down the signs of aging. The antioxidants in rooibos can help fight certain illnesses like cardiovascular disease, as well as help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. These antioxidants also provide a powerful boost to your immune system keeping you healthy and strong.
4. It’s great for your guts!
Over the past few years there’s been a lot of emphasis on gut health and how it affects your overall health. The bacteria in your guts have a huge impact on your overall well-being and can affect everything from your metabolism to your immune system. Rooibos can help relieve IBS because it contains antispasmodic agents and also contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It can help ease chronic stomach aches and indigestion and help balance your gut flora and fauna. To alleviate chronic stomach pain and indigestion, drink a cup of rooibos tea about 30 minutes before eating.
3. It improves circulation
Good circulation is important for all sorts of reasons. You need good circulation to provide oxygen to your brain and organs, but good circulation is also vital for healthy skin and cell growth. Rooibos contains a flavonoid called chrysoeriol that has been proven to improve circulation and lower cholesterol.
2. Helps you breathe easier
Rooibos is a bronchodilator, meaning it helps to dilate your bronchioles and increase the airflow to your lungs. Some research suggests it can even relieve symptoms of asthma. Rooibos is also caffeine-free, which is great because it’s completely safe for children. If you have a little one who suffers from asthma you a couple of cups of rooibos tea a day might help them breathe easier.*
1. It curbs hunger
Perhaps the most mainstream appeal of rooibos tea is that it contains zero calories, tastes great, and helps curb hunger. In fact, rooibos tea is the inspiration for the Red Tea Detox program that promises to melt away stubborn fat. While there is no conclusive evidence that the Red Tea Detox works, there is plenty of evidence that proves Rooibos can support your weight loss goals when combined with a healthy diet and exercise. That’s because rooibos contains an antioxidant called aspalathus linearis which can lower glucose levels within weeks.
Rooibos is packed with health and beauty benefits, but it’s also seriously delicious. Even though it has zero calories, it’s naturally sweet-tasting and is perfect both hot and cold. Try it for yourself, it’s sure to become one of your favorites. If you decide to treat yourself to some delicious red rooibos tea, make sure it’s organic, or you may not reap the full health benefits.
*This blog is not intended to treat or cure any illnesses.