|Tea tin reclining against lettuce leaves from the garden|
Roobois leaves are oxidized and the reddish brown color is due to that process.
Some of the nutritional and health benefits given for Rooibos, which is low in caffeine and tannins and high in antioxidants and phenol compounds:
- Reduces nervous tension, allergies, rashes and digestive problems.
- High in antioxidants, which is good for the immune system.
- Known for its anti-aging effects..
- Can be used as a spice, a vitamin or a dye.
- Contains calcium, zinc and other nutrients.
- Traditionally, has been used to alleviate infantile colic and allergies.
Rooibos was unheard of for centuries, known only to a tribe of African Bushmen called the Khoisans. The extract was used as a remedy for a wide variety of ailments. It was then acknowledged by Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg in 1772 as a ‘good plant’ for curative purposes.
It was only in 1904 that a Russian/Jewish settler, Benjamin Ginsberg, perfected the art of curing, by fermenting the tea in barrels covered by wet hessian sacks.
It has a naturally sweet and unique taste, with the tinged flavor of cherry, vanilla and toffee.
My girl Valerie is not feeling well today. I think she has a bit of an upset tummy. Nothing serious; she's still wagging her tail happily, but just being more contented than usual to lounge around and nap.
Kris apologizes and gives Valerie a kiss.
"And if I just rest my nose on your paw, that'll make you all better."