To read in this issue: Meet leading South African Rooibos researcher, Prof Jeanine Marnewick, from CPUT. In 2011, she discovered that adults who drink six cups of Rooibos a day significantly lowers their risk of heart disease. What also stands out in this newsletter is the beverages and skincare products from all over the world formulated with Rooibos because of its health benefits. For foodies, we have various recipes with Rooibos, including lattes, iced teas and a Caipirinha cocktail.
Meet Rooibos researcher Prof Jeanine Marnewick
In 2011, Prof Marnewick made history when her clinical trial revealed that drinking six cups of Rooibos a day helps to reduce oxidative stress in the body and lowers the risk of heart disease. As head of the Oxidative Stress Research Unit at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, she is doing ongoing research on Rooibos, driven by her "curiosity" as a scientist.
What's behind the Honeybush brew?
The Daily Tea, a Pennsylvania-based information hub for tea lovers, published an article about Honeybush, which like Rooibos is indigenous to South Africa, saying: "The wonderfully sweet profile of this tisane makes Honeybush a favorite for children and adults alike."
Rooibos Ltd acknowledges the loyalty of Johannes Fransman
This month, Rooibos Ltd gives recognition to Johannes Fransman, Forklift Operator in the Rooibos Ltd. factory, who has been with the company for 15 years. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager: "It is important for Rooibos Ltd to say thank you to a stalwart like Johannes Fransman. His commitment and knowledge of the company's operations help to ensure business as usual."
Cancer prevention: Dietary tips to reduce your risk
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) says following a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of getting cancer. Smart food choices include Rooibos as an alternative to sugary drinks because Rooibos is "high in antioxidants, low in tannins and free from caffeine". Also, fluids are needed in the body to dissolve and transport nutrients.
The one drink you should have every day if you want to fight inflammation
Teas offer a wealth of nutritional benefits. One overlooked option is Rooibos, says this article on the health benefits of Rooibos. Green rooibos is high in two phytonutrients - aspalathin and nothofagin - that fight inflammation, a recent study found. You can also flavour your Rooibos with anti-inflammatory sweeteners like manuka honey.
Recipes with Rooibos from around the world
We invite you to try out these recipes - made with Rooibos as an ingredient - collected from far and wide: Rooibos, orange and ginger latte, Yellow Peach Rooibos Caipirinha cocktail, Iced Ginger Latte, and various Rooibos recipes from The Tea Talk website.
BevNet's tea finalisists include Bössi's Rooibos for kids
The USA-based Bössi company, known for its ready-to-drink Kids Tea made from organic Rooibos, was one of the finalists at the BevNet live showcase in New York. Celia Venter, co-owner of Bössi, talks about this low-sugar drink for children: "Due to the natural sweet taste of Rooibos, we really did not have to add much to get our kid-approved taste."
The Teaonic 'I love my skin' beverage benefits the skin from the inside
Made in Los Angeles, California, Teonic's detoxifying ready-to-drink skincare tea contain ingredients to calm the body, purify organs and nourish the skin from within. These include hibiscus flower, Rooibos and lemongrass which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and digestive aids.
Bhakti Sparkling Tea offers new Tart Cherry Rooibos
The Bhakti range of craft-brewed teas from the USA now include Tart Cherry Rooibos made from caffeine-free organic Rooibos blended with Bhakti's signature fresh-pressed ginger and organic tart cherry juice "steeped in social and environmental change".
Teaonic's 'I Love My Gut' beverage supports digestive health
In the USA, Teaonic has added 'I Love my Gut' tea to its range of ready-to-drink herbal tea supplements. This tonic, which includes Rooibos as ingredient, has been formulated to "support the body's natural elimination process, soothe occasional indigestion, and improve overall energy and immunity".
Treat your skin with this home-made Rooibos and sugar scrub
This body scrub – made from Rooibos, sugar, grapefruit zest, yoghurt and other ingredients – will leave your skin clean and well nourished.
Soothe a sore throat with Rooibos, honey and lemon
Made with antioxidant-rich Rooibos, honey and half a lemon, this simple DIY tea will help to relieve a sore throat and fight off a cold or the flu.
Moisturising body scrub combines Rooibos with aloe vera
Made in the USA, this body scrub contains organic Rooibos, aloe vera, coconut oil and other ingredients to moisturise your skin, wash away impurities and "give your skin a luxurious glow".