IN THIS ISSUE

Read about Rooibos Ltd's sponsorships of initiatives such as South Africa's award-winning riel dance group from Wupperthal in the Cederberg who will be taking part in the World Championships, USA, in July. Also see how Rooibos is used in recipes (from Hertzoggie cupcakes to stuffed mushrooms), skin care products (from perfume to skin treatments) and more. And we report on research that confirms the health benefits of Rooibos (supporting liver health, sperm quality, etc.). Enjoy health, enjoy Rooibos!

Rooibos Ltd sponsors sports clothing for local teams

Various sports teams from in and around Clanwilliam, hometown of Rooibos Ltd's head office, play in clothing sponsored by Rooibos Ltd. Recent recipients of Rooibos Ltd branded sports clothing were the first rugby team from Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium, the under-13 netball team from Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium and Op die Berg rugby team.

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Riel dancing: Rooibos Ltd co-sponsors Nuwe Graskoue Trappers' USA trip

Rooibos Ltd is one of the sponsors of the riel-dancing group called Die Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, enabling them to take part in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, USA, from 10 to 18 July 2015. Says Gerda de Wet, Rooibos Ltd's Communication Manager: "This group from the remote Cederberg village of Wupperthal is taking the oldest dance form in South Africa to the world stage in the USA. We at Rooibos Ltd are proud to be associated with the preservation of indigenous dancing as a form of cultural expression. Riel dancing, like Rooibos, forms part of what makes the Cederberg region truly unique."

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Rooibos Ltd involved in opening of Finbond Arts Centre in Clanwilliam

"Finbond Mutual Bank is honoured to be associated with a well-known company such as Rooibos Ltd," said Louis van Heerden, curator of the Finbond Arts Centre in Clanwilliam. Rooibos Ltd sponsored the programmes and Rooibos iced tea for the official opening of this centre and provided input on the adjudication of competitions.

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Clanwilliam Emerging Farmer Expo supported by Rooibos Ltd

Rooibos Ltd sponsored equipment and Rooibos iced tea for this expo for emerging farmers from the Cederberg area. Organised by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, the event took place on 16 April 2015.

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Rooibos Ltd supports the Nieuwoudtville Academy

Rooibos Ltd sponsored products for the goodie bags for participants taking part in the Hantam Mountain Bike Challenge in Nieuwouldtville on 2 May this year. This fundraising event was organised to support a local school - the Nieuwoudtville Academy.

Recipes from Rooibos Ltd's A touch of Rooibos travel around the world

Two sister companies from Newbury, Berkshire, in the UK are featuring recipes with Rooibos on their websites. Dragonfly Tea is currently showcasing Vanilla & Rooibos Panna Cotta and Rooibos & Honey-Poached Pears while Tick Tock Tea is featuring Rooibos Crème Brûlée. These recipes were created for Rooibos Ltd's recipe book A touch of Rooibos. We invite you to try these yourself.

Interesting energy drink recipe from Rooibos fan in Canada

Terry Goertzen from Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada shared his energy drink recipe with Rooibos Ltd. He uses Rooibos, yerba mate (South American tea) and cranberry or other fruit juice to create this energy drink. See recipe.

Versatile Rooibos in a range of recipes - from Hertzoggie cupcakes to stuffed mushrooms

These delicious recipes have one ingredient in common, namely nutritious and flavoursome Rooibos. Try them all: From South Africa's Expresso breakfast show on TV - very South African Hertzoggie cupcakes with Rooibos, from Food & Home Entertaining - Brown mushrooms stuffed with Rooibos couscous, butternut, feta, basil and roasted almonds, from the South African blog Add some Butter - refreshing Rooibos iced tea with lemon and honey, and from the Yummly site - Iced ginger Chai.

Ready-to-drink teas venture into new territory: kids and sports drinks

On the Californian website Nutritional Outlook, the American Botanical Council announced that, in the USA, sales of brew and ready-to-drink teas increased by 4.1% in 2014. This includes the growing market for single-serve teas for children, such as Little Me Teas from Lawrenceville in Georgia that uses Rooibos and fruit juice in its kids' teas.

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Stand-out beauty products with Rooibos as an ingredient

South Africa's Glamour Magazine features four beauty products containing Rooibos as "a powerful anti-ageing ingredient that not only boosts your skin, but also gives you a dose of vitamin D while protecting you from free-radicals".

Read more about this perfume, skin treatments and a body wash.

Enriched with Rooibos - Bodyography's Silk Cream Compact foundation

South Africa's All4Women website compared various skin foundation products, including Bodyography's Silk Cream Compact foundation that contains antioxidant-rich Rooibos.

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The science behind Rooibos: Confirming the antioxidant benefits of Rooibos

These four research studies confirm the role of Rooibos in helping to protect the liver, to prolong the shelf-life of ostrich patties, to combat oxidative stress and to improve male fertility.

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Fynbos soil could provide new antibiotics

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a species of fynbos endemic to the Clanwilliam Cederberg area. New research from Stellenbosch University says bacteria-rich fynbos soil could strengthen the battle against disease with its own unique antibiotics.

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Rooibos: the myth and the magic

Rooibos is a "satisfying, caffeine-free stand-in for my usual brew", explained Lisa Landers in this article that appeared on the Northern California based KQED Arts website. Read about the story of Rooibos on this website.

Why we love Rooibos

"Naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants which help protect from free radicals - those toxic by-products of normal cell function, which can contribute to aging and weaken the immune system." So says Janice Lipman from the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City who wrote this article on the health benefits of Rooibos.

Five surprisingly and deliciously healthful benefits of Rooibos

The website Before it's news featured this article on the health benefits of Rooibos, highlighting its mineral content, total absence of caffeine and its calming properties.

Rooibos facts

Did you know that Rooibos is not really a tea but a herb? Did you know that the distinct amber colour of Rooibos only develops during the post-harvest oxidation process?

Click here for fascinating facts about Rooibos.

Simple ways to strengthen your immune system

This article, featured in Good Housekeeping, suggests easy ways to strengthen your immune system to fight off colds and flu - among others by replacing caffeine drinks with antioxidant-rich Rooibos.

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