Good healthHints and Tips
- Storage: Rooibos can be stored in an airtight container for a long period without losing its colour or taste.
- Reheat: Cold Rooibos can be reheated several times, without developing a bitter after taste like Ceylon (black) tea.
- Nutrition: The mineral content of Rooibos will increase the nutritional value of any dish.
- Food preparation: A supply of prepared Rooibos can be kept in the fridge. Use it in food preparation and for diluting fruit juice or concentrates.
- Iced tea: Make delicious iced tea by mixing chilled Rooibos with sugar and lemon juice, or blending it with your favourite fruit juice.
- Red Irish: End a meal with Red Irish instead of Irish coffee by substituting the hot coffee with hot Rooibos.
- Recipes: Substitute Rooibos for milk or water in any recipe. Make a delicious filling for milk tart by dropping Rooibos teabags into the milk before heating it.
- Dessert: Give your family a healthy, mouth-watering dessert by baking apples in Rooibos instead of water. Place the apples in a baking dish, pour Rooibos around them and spoon it over the apples occasionally while baking.
- Dried fruit: Soak dried fruit overnight in Rooibos. No additional sugar will be needed when cooking.
- Marmalade: Cook fruit in Rooibos to make a delicious, colourful marmalade.
- Marinades and tenderisers: Use Rooibos as a base in marinades for meat and chicken, as it is a natural meat tenderiser.
- Stews and casseroles: Replace the liquid in stews and casseroles with Rooibos. It not only adds a rich flavour, but also tenderises the meat.
- Sauces: Add Rooibos to sauces for extra flavour, and use it to dissolve stock cubes.
- Hair colouring: Give dark hair a healthy gleam by rinsing it with Rooibos.
- Refreshing treatment: Place cold Rooibos teabags on tired or red eyes to soothe them.
- Skin: Rooibos is an excellent skin refresher. Wash your face with Rooibos instead of water to improve the complexion and skin tone.
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- Skin: To treat eczema, skin irritations or nappy rash, apply Rooibos directly to the affected area.
- Sunburn: Remove the sting from a sunburned skin by soaking in a bath to which you've added a few Rooibos teabags.
- Sleeplessness: Suffer from insomnia? A cup of Rooibos before bedtime will ensure a good night's rest.
- Digestive problems and colic: Calm down digestive problems and colic in adults and babies with regular Rooibos drinks.
- Pets: Bathe pets in a solution of Rooibos to relieve eczema and other mild skin problems. Pets will also benefit from Rooibos' health-giving properties - simply pour it over their food.
- Garden: Potted plants flourish on cold Rooibos. Use leftover tea and/or leaves to feed your plants.
- Dyes: Rooibos can be used to dye fabrics. The strength of the brew and the time the fabric is soaked will affect the depth of the colour - a lovely rich, reddish brown.