Rooibos - A cuppa for all seasons
Is there a time of year when you wouldn’t want to drink Rooibos Rocks? No! It’s a wonderfully refreshing and health-boosting beverage for all four seasons. Why? Read on….
When the weather is icy cold, the days are depressingly short and you just want to huddle indoors, Rooibos is a wonderful way to warm you up from the inside. It’s the ultimate cozy cuppa, ideal for getting your day off to a good start, enjoying beside a roaring fire or cuddled up in bed of an evening. !
Winter is also the time more bugs are about (not the flying or crawling variety but those that bring coughs, colds, and viruses). A number of research studies show that drinking regular cups of Rooibos can strengthen our immune system and help our body fight off infection. This is good news right throughout the year but especially in those winter months when we’re most likely to catch something unpleasant. How does Rooibos do this? Read this post and all will be revealed!
Rooibos Rocks is naturally sweet and very refreshing on its own – but you can add milk, sugar, honey, or maple syrup according to your own personal taste. If you want to spice it up a bit Rooibos Rocks Chai, a fragrant blend of star anise, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and a pop of pepper, will certainly do the trick.
Mulled drinks are a lovely warming treat to help you get through the colder months and Rooibos is a great way to give an extra flavor boost to the hot punch. This spiced apple toddy (it’s alcohol-free but a shot of bourbon doesn’t go amiss!) really hits the spot on those long winter nights.
This is the time of year when you want to shrug off the sluggishness and lethargy of winter and get your body summer-ready. Rooibos Rocks is great for a springtime detox that kickstarts your system with extra energy. If you have allergies like hay fever then spring is the time you start to notice the return of your symptoms. Rooibos is believed to have antihistamine properties that reduce the severity of these reactions. The plant contains a bioflavonoid called quercetin and this blocks the release of histamine from mast cells. This curbs common symptoms of seasonal allergies such as congestion, a runny nose, and sneezing associated with hay fever and allergic rhinitis.
Rooibos also makes a great base for smoothies rich in natural goodness, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. There’s a huge number of recipes to choose from or you can just use your own imagination. Start by brewing up a couple of teabags or two teaspoons of loose Rooibos in a teapot, then leave to cool. Next, put a selection of fruit, seeds, nuts, oats, yogurt, maple syrup, or whatever takes your fancy in a blender, whizz it up, add the Rooibos, then chill before serving with ice.
Rooibos Rocks Green tea is also great for flushing out those unwanted toxins that build up when you’re less active and stuck indoors – try this iced tea drink for a quick and easy pick-me-up.
Once the weather gets hot and sunny you need a nice refreshing cool drink to keep you and the family hydrated. Iced Rooibos Rocks is sugar-free (unlike many soft drinks, sodas, and iced tea mixes), caffeine-free (unlike regular black tea), and naturally sweet (so adding sugar or sweeteners is not required). For those reasons alone it’s the ideal choice for the whole family – but it also comes with a host of other health benefits on top.
As well as simple iced tea there’s no shortage of variations you can try – this Rooibos Rocks chai recipe is one of our favorites. Rooibos also makes a great base for some pretty amazing summer Rocktails – this one for Rooibos Rocks Sangria never fails to get the party going!
Summer is also the time when you show off your beach body (or at least your arms and legs!). Rooibos is your skin’s best friend. We mentioned earlier that Rooibos is rich in quercetin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory properties – very beneficial if you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, or acne. What’s more, it protects your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Polyphenol antioxidants found in Rooibos have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and also block the onset of inflammation that can encourage the development of cancer. There’s also evidence to suggest that Rooibos has anti-aging properties and helps prevent wrinkles.
We’ve already alluded to the fact that drinking Rooibos can bolster your immune system and help your body recover from illness. So it’s a very good idea to drink it throughout the winter. However, the time to boost your defenses is before the bugs arrive – in early autumn.
Want some more information about how Rooibos gets your immune system fighting fit? This blog post gives you the details.
Having said this the autumn is also a fun and social time of year with events like Halloween and Thanksgiving. Our Fire & Spice Rocktail will certainly put you into the festive mood!
12 months of calm
One thing that doesn’t really change with the seasons is stress – it’s just a year-round part of today’s lifestyles. You can’t avoid it. But it’s really important for your wellbeing to stay as chilled as possible - and Rooibos Rocks is a big help. Being caffeine-free won’t buzz your system up even further and it also suppresses your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. That’s why we like to remind people that Rooibos Rocks creates moments of calm in a world of crazy – all year round. Want to know more about the amazing stress-busting properties of Rooibos? Check out this short article.