Rooibos (Rooibos) is another alternative to the usual coffee and tea along with hibiscus. Rooibos is useful for health? If so, what are their beneficial properties? Answer to these questions, the land of the Soviets.

Translated from the Afrikaans roiboos means "red Bush". This shrub refers to the legume family and grows in Africa. The leaves of the bush are like needles. The local population, koikoyny, first tried to fill the leaves and small branches of the bush with boiling water - it turned out a fragrant drink that has medicinal properties. So rooibos appeared.

In Africa Rooibos has occupied the niche in other countries take coffee. tea and mate. This drink has toning effect. The local population believes that rooibos not only adds energy and strengthens health, but even can prolong life. In Europe rooibos were brought by the Dutch, and in the early 20th century the drink began to spread across the continent, and now it is known almost everywhere. Now, on an industrial scale, rooibos are produced in South Africa, in South America and Australia, shrubs have not caught on.

What are the beneficial properties of Rooibos? First and foremost, Rooibos contains a large number antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent the negative effects of free radicals on the cells of the body and prevent damage to the structure of DNA. Therefore, rooibos can be drunk to prevent premature aging, diseases of the cardiovascular system, cancerous tumors. Note that in green rooibos (unfermented), more antioxidants than in red (fermented).

Although Rooibos and has a tonic effect, it does not contain caffeine. Therefore, even those people with whom caffeine is contraindicated, for example, small children, can drink rooibos. Also in rooibos, there is much less tannin in comparison with ordinary tea. Tannin prevents the body from digesting iron, so pregnant women and nursing mothers are usually not recommended to drink a lot of tea. But it can be successfully replaced by rooibos.

Rooibos contains tetracycline, so it has bactericidal action. Rooibos is used in combating dermatitis. acne, itching, eczema, irritations etc. In this case, the infusion of Rooibos is used for compresses and lotions.

You can also wash with a tincture of rooibos to refresh your face, or add it to the bath. Infusion of rooibos helps with sunburn or allergies. Lotions with Rooibos help with eye fatigue, relieve inflammation and swelling. By the way, many manufacturers of cosmetics have already adopted the useful properties of rooibos.

Rooibos can be given even to newborns. Therefore, the chilled infusion of rooibos is an excellent remedy for fighting colic and insomnia in infants. Useful for rooibos and adults: it helps with problems with the digestive system (nausea, vomiting, indigestion). Rooibos can be drunk for the prevention of tooth decay.

Also useful properties of rooibos help to use it as antihistamine, antihelminthic and expectorant. Rooibos strengthens the walls of blood vessels and helps to normalize blood pressure. And the European population of South Africa is confident that rooibos helps fight the hangover.

To brew Rooibos quite simple. Take the teapot (earthen, earthenware or porcelain), pour it Rooibos, pour boiling water and steep for five minutes. The proportions are the same as when brewing ordinary black tea — about one teaspoon of dry Rooibos per Cup of drink. Since Rooibos contains little tannin, it quietly transfers the boiling. So if you want to get a stronger drink, you can boil the leaves or put the kettle in the microwave or preheated oven.

Rooibos can be brewed several times — its taste is absolutely not getting worse. Since Rooibos contains glucose, it can be easy to drink without sugar — it is sweet. Rooibos drink both hot and cold. Cold Rooibos is a great thirst quencher. If you don't like the taste of pure Rooibos with woody notes, try flavored Rooibos .

Roibush has recently appeared on our tea market, but has already gained popularity. Rooibos is not only tasty, but also useful, so it can be a wonderful alternative to tea and coffee.