In this edition: Read about an artist who paints portraits on Rooibos teabags and about a researcher who started her studies by adding Rooibos extract to droëwors to increase its shelf-life. Also read about a Nieuwoudtville rugby team's tour to Cape Town thanks to Rooibos Ltd's support. Various articles explain why Rooibos is good for you. Also, research shows that Rooibos can remove precancerous cells in skin damaged by the sun. New Rooibos-based products include exciting iced teas as the world is looking for healthier beverages. Stay healthy with Rooibos!

Artist paints portraits on tiny Rooibos teabags

Zimbabwean-born artist Jeanne-Marie Webb, who uses Rooibos teabags as canvas for her paintings, recently exhibited her work in Cape Town and held an online auction. She says the red residue on Rooibos teabags results in the perfect skin-tone for her portraits.

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Rooibos Ltd client Joekels' brandscape includes various famous Rooibos brands

Established in 1994 by Joe Swart and Jonathan Kelsey, Joekels Tea Packers (Pty) Ltd are blenders and packers of some of South Africa's popular household brands of quality tea. This includes Laager Rooibos which is said to be the third biggest Rooibos brand in the world.

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English Tea Shop – where ethics and tea meet

Making "great organic tea while truly caring" – this is the essence of the UK-based English Tea Shop. The company focuses on tea as a lifestyle product with organic farming at its foundation. It offers over 130 varieties of tea with distinctive flavours such as Chocolate, Rooibos and Vanilla.

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Lemoenland Educare receives T-shirts from Rooibos Ltd

Rooibos Ltd sponsored T-shirts for the learners and teachers of Lemoenland Educare, an early childhood development centre run on a non-profit basis at Kleinvlei Plase, Clanwilliam.

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Rooibos Ltd sponsors clothing for Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium sports teams

The under 13 netball and rugby teams of Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium in Clanwilliam recently received Rooibos-branded sports clothing sponsored by Rooibos Ltd.

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Rooibos Ltd sponsors Nieuwoudtville U/19 rugby team with transport to tournament

Mandy Schumann from the Bokkeveld Conservancy says this about Rooibos Ltd's donation to the Nieuwoudtville U/19 rugby team: "This helps us to support the individuals in the community who are encouraging sport among the youth. It is also an opportunity for the youngsters to travel and interact with teams from other cities and provinces."

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PhD in biltong making started by testing the effect of Rooibos on droëwors

Dr Maxine Jones is the first person to receive a PhD for research on how to make good quality biltong. Her research path crossed with biltong during her MSc studies at Stellenbosch University where she tested the addition of Rooibos extract to droëwors as a natural antioxidant in an effort to increase the shelf-life of the product.

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How Rooibos can protect against UVB exposure and sun damage

South Africa has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This makes the research by CPUT's Prof Wentzel Gelderblom even more meaningful as he has found that "Once the skin has been exposed to the sun's ultra-violet rays, Rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and also block the onset of inflammation".

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Seven health benefits of Rooibos

The USA-based Naturally Savvy website lists seven good reasons to drink Rooibos. It explains that the polyphenols in Rooibos, which are important organic chemicals, act as natural antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant and antimutagenic agents that boost the immune system.

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Rooibos is recommended as one of six teas to drink for a radiant skin

"Tea is a superstar in the natural skin-care world," says Theresa Krier, founder of the tea company called Big T NYC, on the USA-based Well and Good website. This includes anti-ageing Rooibos with its high levels of antioxidants, zinc and alpha-hydroxy acids which help to prevent and reverse fat loss under the skin.

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Why Rooibos is one of the seven best foods to decrease your risk of heart disease

A recent study at Penn State found that people who react badly to stressful situations have increased levels of inflammation – which is directly tied to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Research shows the aspalathin in Rooibos can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage – and keep your heart healthy.

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Can Rooibos help you lose weight?

By swapping just one cup of coffee for Rooibos every day you could see you drop as much as a kilo a month. Most of us load our coffee with sugar and milk. With kilojoule-free Rooibos this is not necessary as Rooibos has a natural, sweet taste. Also, Rooibos can prevent the body from storing and even forming new fat cells.

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Five health benefits of Honeybush

Honeybush, which like Rooibos is indigenous to South Africa, offers a host of immune-boosting health benefits. This includes the ability to fight coughs and colds, lower blood sugar to help prevent diabetes and alleviate menopausal symptoms.

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Løv Organic's Rooibos Chai offers "a voyage of discovery"

Løv Organic's new Rooibos Chai will take you to three continents with every sip because it contains South African Rooibos, Argentinian Mate and Indian spices. Løv Organic also stocks exciting other Rooibos combinations.

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Delhi Tea's Wake Up Tea made with Rooibos

Argentina's Delhi Tea has joined Harper Juice to create a limited edition of Juice Teas. This includes Wake Up Tea made with Rooibos, orange, apple and other fruits.

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ESSE Ultra Moisturizer formulated with Rooibos extract

Germany's ESSE probiotic skincare products now include ESSE Ultra Moisturizer formulated with Rooibos extract and seed oils to preserve the moisture and fat content of the skin and to add additional suppleness. Read article in German or English.

Nestlé Waters relaunches Nestea which includes a Rooibos-based iced tea

Nestlé Waters in the USA has launched a new range of real-brewed iced teas made without the need for artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. This includes its Slightly Sweet Black Tea & Rooibos iced tea.

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Going BOS: The story of a 'born global' South African iced tea brand

With sugar tax hovering over the heads of South Africans, healthier alternatives to traditional sodas are likely to start appearing on the shelves in greater abundance. Here, Rooibos-based BOS with its all-natural fruit flavours is way ahead of the competition.

Read about the BOS story here.

South African My T Chai Rooibos now for sale on RevNutrition website

My T Chai, a South African company known for its outstanding tea, has made its way from the shelves of local stores to Florida-based nutrition website My T Chai's variety of chai teas include plain Rooibos, green Rooibos, chocolate Rooibos, vanilla Rooibos and Honeybush – all spiced with original masala spices.

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USA's Thirsty Dudes like Wicked Lekker's Black Currant Rooibos iced tea

On sale in the USA is Wicked Lekker's Black Currant Rooibos Tea. The review says: "This tea is pretty great. Due to it being a Rooibos tea it is a different beast than the iced teas you are used to. It's slightly nutty and a little fruity."

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