IN THIS ISSUE

Riel dancing, which tells stories about hunting, harvesting and courtship, is the oldest dance form in South Africa. Rooibos Ltd is proud to help preserve this tradition by sponsoring local riel-dancing teams. Also read about research findings on the health benefits of Rooibos, and about the increased and innovative use of Rooibos in iced teas and other drinks around the world. If you love food, our selection of recipes will intrigue you - from ostrich steak with Rooibos-infused cauliflower mash and Rooibos crème brûlée to refreshing iced teas and creamy Rooibos coconut milk. Have fun with Rooibos!

Rooibos Ltd supports riel dancing, SA oldest dance form

For the first time ever, the three winning riel-dancing teams in the Annual ATKV Riel Dance Championships come from the same region, namely the Cederberg area. This is partly thanks to the support from the community and sponsors such as Rooibos Ltd. This year, one of the teams, the Nuwe Graskoue Trappers, will be included in the SA Team of Performing Arts taking part in the World Championships in the USA.

Read more and see photographs.

Clanwilliam Cricket Club receives equipment from Rooibos Ltd

Rooibos Ltd sponsored equipment for Clanwilliam's Cricket Club.

CAPTION: Gerda de Wet, Rooibos Ltd's
Communication Manager, with members of the Clanwilliam Cricket Club.

Rooibos Ltd sponsored tracksuits for Augsburg's netball team

Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium's Top 10 netball team received tracksuits sponsored by Rooibos Ltd.

Rooibos in recipes around the world

These recipes use Rooibos as an ingredient to add flavour, nutrition and taste: Winner of MasterChef SA 2013, Kamini Pather's Ostrich steak with Rooibos-infused cauliflower mash; Rachel Khoo's decadent Rooibos crème brûlée, and celebrity chef Siba Mtongana's Ginger & Rooibos sorbet. Or make this Rooibos granita to serve as a palate cleanser. Interesting iced teas include Rooibos iced tea with fruit juice, lemon, berries and mint, Apple Rooibos iced tea and Rooibos, pomegranate & cinnamon iced tea. Or treat yourself to Chilly chai, the iced version of chai tea, or creamy Rooibos coconut milk (ideal for paleo or vegan diets).

California's The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® launches its Vanilla Rooibos

In May this year, Southern California's iconic coffee and tea retailer The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® will introduce a new Vanilla Rooibos tea latte and Vanilla Rooibos iced tea to show its passion for product innovation. Read more.

Über Flavour introduces three summer brews with Rooibos

Über Flavour created three new beverages using 100% fresh fruit juice and Rooibos: Honey & Lemon, Apple & Cinnamon, and Mango & Vanilla. Made from natural ingredients, Über Flavour's beverages respect the Japanese art of tea making. Read more.

Zone 8 brings world flavours to ready-to-drink tea industry

Zone 8 from Illinois in the USA has formulated a Red Rooibos & Pomegranate Tea using only natural USDA Organic certified ingredients. All Zone 8's products have a history and cultural connection to the people who grow them. Read more.

Aiya America adds Rooibos to its Matcha Zen Café blend

Aiya America, a leading supplier of premium quality teas in the USA, has added new Rooibos and Black Tea flavours to its popular Matcha Zen Café Blend line, which combines pure tea powders with pure cane sugar for easy smoothies or lattes. Read more.

Davidson's Organic Teas combines Tulsi and Rooibos

In Nevada, USA, Davidson's Organic Teas blended Tulsi, a type of basil, with South African Rooibos, carob, mellow chamomile and vanilla to create a delicious brew with high mineral and antioxidant properties. Read more.

Celestial Seasonings announces three indulgent new teas in gift tins

Celestial Seasonings from Boulder, Colorado, announced the release of three indulgent new teas packaged in unique keepsake gift tins. This includes Red Velvet Rooibos Tea. Read more.

Tea producer Bloom uses superfoods to create antioxidant-rich tea powders

Tea producer Bloom has launched a new range of eight antioxidant-rich matcha tea powders using some of the world's most potent superfoods. This includes two Rooibos tea powders - Chill Out and Warmup. Read more.

Rooibos may be beneficial in countering diabetes

The website All4Women reported that research carried out at the South African Medical Research Council, in collaboration with other researchers, demonstrated that extracts prepared from Rooibos decreased palmitate-induced insulin resistance in mice. This holds benefits for those with diabetes.

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Rooibos can help to prevent high altitude sickness

A pilot study led by Professor Simeon Davies, head of the Department of Sport Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, investigated the benefits of Rooibos for climbers on Aconcagua (6962 m), Argentina, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The science of why Rooibos is good for you

These research articles on the health benefits of Rooibos focus on the role of Rooibos in strengthening the immune function, calming stomach cramps and fighting age-associated illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease.

How Rooibos can help to prevent skin cancer

Recent studies have found that Rooibos can help prevent skin cancer. Prof Jeanine Marnewick from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology found that green Rooibos shrunk the size of skin tumours in mice by 91%. Read more.

Rooibos fights HIV, cancer and brain ageing

This article from the Natural News blog unpacks some of the health benefits of Rooibos, in particular the antioxidant activity of Rooibos and how Rooibos can help to prevent cancer, hypertension, diabetes and Alzheimer's, and fight brain ageing. Read more.

What is Rooibos all about?

Watch this video clip on the advantages of Rooibos on the French website Wat TV. It touches on the rich mineral content and antioxidants in Rooibos and on how it helps to prevent cancer and heart disease.

Rooibos and the new craze to stay healthy

This article on the global press release site Emailwire explains the health benefits of Rooibos, in particular the fact that it contains antioxidants but no caffeine. There is also a short video clip on Rooibos. Read more.

Explaining the health benefits of Rooibos and Honeybush

"Even staunch Camelia sinensis (the real tea plant) connoisseurs will agree that Rooibos and Honeybush both are worth adding to your regular tea time." This is the conclusion reached by this article on South African Rooibos and Honeybush. Read more.

Local Rooibos flavour to the rescue

Research shows that Rooibos can help to boost the immune system and help to prevent various diseases. Plus, it contains no fats or carbohydrates. We tend to think of Rooibos as a cup of hot tea, but try this energy-boosting cold drink instead…

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Pilates guru believes in Rooibos

Pilates expert Brooke Siler believes in healthy eating and in the anti-aging and disease-fighting antioxidants in Rooibos.

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Beauty secrets inspired by African Rooibos

Rooibos is used in this soap-free facial cleanser. Its rich antioxidant content makes it the perfect beauty-boosting treatment.

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Home remedies for tired eyes

Make a refreshing eye booster to relieve puffy or swollen eyes. Simply dampen Rooibos tea bags and chill them before putting them onto the eye area. Read more.

Three ways to use Rooibos in the garden

Do not throw away leftover Rooibos or Rooibos tea bags. Instead, use these as a fertiliser and liquid plant food in your garden. You can also sprinkle Rooibos leaves in your garden to deter snails. Read more.

Nothing but the facts about Rooibos

This article touches on the origins, production, uses and benefits of Rooibos. Read more.