Can drinking Rooibos really help you get over your cold quicker? Looking For Natural Way to Beat the Cold and Flu?
Rooibos’ medicinal attributes have been confirmed by scientists from around the globe and in SA. The tea is capable of reducing cardiovascular disease and premature aging, has cancer-fighting properties and is a powerful immune-booster.
Studies suggest that it has potent antioxidant, antiviral and immunomodulating effects, which enhances the body’s natural defense system. Rooibos is packed with polyphenols, which act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body.
Ernest du Toit, spokesperson for the Rooibos Council says the tea contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimutagenic qualities, which are organic chemicals that are known for their antioxidant capabilities.
“Polyphenols act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body, which are detrimental by-products of cell metabolism that can cause a host of ailments. Aspalathin and nothofagin are two other vital antioxidants that Rooibos tea contains, making it a great beverage to boost your immune system and protect your body against all types of diseases and conditions,” says du Toit.
Rooibos Tea is known for its mild taste and distinctive red hue, and is a great choice when your nose starts running, and your head starts to pound.
Rooibos a high level of disease-fighting antioxidants and is caffeine-free. You can enjoy a cuppa or two to help ease your symptoms without worrying about losing sleep.
You should always consult your Doctor when you are ill, however a cup of rooibos tea can certainly help you suffer less in the time you have to wait for your appointment
Try the following Rooibos remedies to help you fight the flu.
• A cup of strong Rooibos
• 1 tsp of lemon
• 1 tsp of honey
• ½ tsp of preferably fresh ginger (try a full tsp if it’s not too strong for you)
• A pinch of cayenne pepper
1. Pour boiling water into a cup or mug, add one Rooibos teabag and let it steep for at least 5 to 6 minutes. Add a teaspoon of lemon, honey, ginger and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
* If you prefer something cold, make your own herbal ice popsicles or ice chips using the same Rooibos tea combination as above.
Rooibos, Strawberry and Orange Smoothie
Ingredients for one serving
1 - 2 Rooibos tea bags
125 ml boiling water
225 g frozen strawberries
½ a peeled and chopped orange
125 g silken tofu
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 tsp liquid honey, optional
1. Put the Rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
2. Put the tea, berries, tofu and protein powder into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey and pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
• Silken tofu adds a lovely creamy richness
Blueberry, Pomegranate Rooibos Antioxidant Smoothie
Ingredients for 2 medium servings
1 cup fresh pomegranate arils
1/2 cup frozen blueberries and/or strawberries
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp whey or hemp protein
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp flaxseed or hemp oil
10 – 15 ml lemon juice
2 – 3 bags of rooibos tea
1.5 cups boiling water plus
1 cup ice
1. Put the rooibos bags in a teapot or heatproof jug and pour over the water. Steep for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove the bag. Leave to cool.
2. Put the remainder of the ingredients and the tea into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten (if necessary) to taste with honey and pour into glasses. Serve immediately.
Additional Health Drinks:
This tonic is also great after holidays and other occasion when you feel like you’ve overindulged, or as a preventive measure against illness during cold and flu season.
The One Tonic: Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon, Rooibos Tea & ACV