All about Rooibos Tea Health Benefits

Rooibos tea health benefits are just one of the reasons to love this herbal tea... Vibrantly colored rooibos tea is also incredibly delicious, with a naturally sweet, fruity flavor. 

A gift to us from the South African Red Bush, rooibos tea has been much loved for centuries in South Africa for its many helping properties (learn more here about rooibos). And word has spread about this tasty, caffeine-free tea, and now others around the world are enjoying rooibos tea not only for its delightfully refreshing taste, but also for how very good it can be for us. 

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Whether you're looking for a boost in antioxidants or minerals, something to settle a troubled tummy, or simply a calming tea to help you relax after a long day, rooibos tea may be just the tea for you. 

Here are some of the ways this lovely herbal tisane can support good health and wellness. 

  • Support healthy digestion with rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is perhaps best known for its ability to quickly and capably soothe an upset stomach. This tea may help to relieve diarrhea, ease nausea, alleviate vomiting, and may provide support in managing colitis. Many parents turn to rooibos tea to aid in relieving colic or stomach cramps in infants. 

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  • Sleep better with rooibos tea. Rooibos tea is also treasured as a very calming and relaxing tea that can help to keep cortisol (aka the "stress hormone") levels in the body low. If you struggle to fall asleep at night or find yourself waking through the night, try a cup of soothing rooibos tea in the evening to quiet yourself and encourage a sound, untroubled sleep. 

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  • Sip some rooibos tea for a boost in antioxidants. A diet rich in antioxidants is essential for good health, as these compounds combat inflammation, provide protection against chronic disease, improve immunity, boost metabolism, and help to keep us looking and feeling our best. Happily, it's easy to increase antioxidant levels with many readily available foods and beverages - including healthful rooibos tea. 
  • Rooibos tea is a great source of vitamin C and all sorts of minerals, including manganese, calcium, and fluoride (good for promoting strong, healthy bones and teeth); magnesium (essential for overall wellness and healthy sleep); iron; zinc (important for a healthy immune system); and potassium (which supports healthy functioning of the body's vital organs). 

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  • Ease a headache with rooibos tea. Rooibos contains magnesium (aka the "relaxation mineral"), which is known to aid in decreasing the frequency and severity of headaches. If you feel a headache coming on, brewing and sipping some rooibos tea may ease the ache or even prevent the headache entirely.
  • Enjoy rooibos tea and show your heart some love. This fragrant herbal tisane is also known for promoting heart health - not only can it encourage healthy cholesterol levels, but it may also help to lower high blood pressure and improve blood circulation. 
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  • Use rooibos topically for even more rooibos tea health benefits. A nurturing rooibos tea bath, compress, or facial steam is a wonderful way to make the most of rooibos' topical benefits. Use rooibos topically to alleviate itchy or inflamed skin (such as blemishes, rash, diaper rash, eczema, or mild sunburn). As rooibos is anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, and a natural exfoliant, you'll also find skin is softer, smoother, and more vibrant and youthful after a fragrant rooibos tea bath or rejuvenating facial steam. 

Be Safe with Rooibos Tea

In general, rooibos tea is considered a safe and beneficial beverage. If you have any questions about rooibos tea health benefits for you and your household, have a chat with your natural health physician. 

In many areas, rooibos is a popular supplementary beverage for children and infants, but note that rooibos tea isn't intended to replace a baby's normal breastfeeding or bottle. Ask your primary care provider about rooibos tea for children and babies. 

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As with other herbal teas, rooibos tea is incredibly refreshing, hydrating, and beneficial. And, this richly colored tea is also naturally sweet, fruity, aromatic, and delicious! (In fact, when you make some hot or iced rooibos tea, you'll most likely find you prefer it without any additional sweetener.) It's no surprise rooibos tea is so popular with people of all ages, providing a delightful change from milk, fruit juices, and other beverages. 

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