IN THIS ISSUE

One sensible way to stay healthy during winter is to strengthen one's immune system as much as possible. Rooibos with its well-researched health benefits can help with this, as alluded to in various articles. We also refer to new research making a link between Rooibos and bone health. It never ceases to amaze how many new foods and skin care products containing Rooibos are constantly introduced all over the world. This speaks to the growing demand worldwide for natural, nutrient-dense "superfoods". If you are looking for healthy drinks or hearty winter puddings, take a look at the recipe section. Choose health, choose Rooibos.

NEWS

Drink Rooibos for optimal health this winter

Winter is often characterised by unsettled weather, a lack of sunshine, colds and flu, and reduced physical activity – all factors that can upset the body's equilibrium. This can lead to indigestion, joint pain, dehydration, a sluggish metabolism, high blood pressure, depression, and lingering colds and flu. This is where a cup of hot Rooibos can help. It has been scientifically proven that Rooibos can strengthen the immune system, reduce high blood pressure, fight inflammation, and control the stress hormone cortisol known to cause hormonal disturbances.

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Providing support beyond the Rooibos factory gate

There is a direct relationship between the strength of an organisation and the well-being of the community in which it operates. Rooibos Limited has its roots in the Clanwilliam and surrounding Rooibos production area's community. As part of its social responsibility programme, the company supports the community through its involvement in educational projects, community events and sporting activities.

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Look out for Still 33's Rooibos-infused Flivver gin

Still 33 is the craft distillery of Curtis and Bronwyn Van Biljon from Kyalami, Johannesburg. This is where they have perfected their Rooibos-infused Flivver gin – a delicious gin which "even on its own is reminiscent of iced tea … with Rooibos and citrus on the nose". They have entered the Flivver gin into the Michelangelo Awards last year, where it was awarded a silver medal. The bottles are already marked with this accolade, ready for retailers.

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CLIENTS

Netherlands: Lévelt develops organic tea range for Rooibos Ltd client Marqt

Marqt, the sustainable retail chain with 15 stores in the Netherlands, has chosen Simon Lévelt, Rooibos Ltd's client, to develop a private label tea line featuring six teas – Jasmine, Green Tea, Earl Grey, Rooibos, Chamomile and White Tea. Lévelt has been campaigning for sustainable products for years, educating the market on, among others, the value of Fairtrade products. In 1980, Marqt brought organic coffee and tea to the Dutch market for the first time.

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Taiwan: Wild Cape's organic Rooibos sold in three variants

In Taiwan, Wild Cape's Rooibos is sold in three variants – Organic Rooibos Tea, Organic Green Rooibos Tea, and Organic Green Rooibos and Honeybush Tea. The health benefits of this range of Rooibos teas include its ability to help stabilise blood pressure and blood sugar, strengthen the immune system, and improve the health of the digestive tract.

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HEALTH

Stave of colds and flu with a Rooibos smoothie

If you are looking for natural ways to beat the cold and flu season, give your immune system a nutrient boost with an antioxidant-packed Rooibos smoothie. It has been proven that Rooibos has the ability to help fight cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature aging. It is also a powerful immune booster. Try these five smoothies made with Rooibos and other health-enhancing ingredients such as fruit, nuts, honey, yoghurt, coconut milk and cinnamon.

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Relax body and mind with a cup of Rooibos

At the end of a long day, most people just want to take a moment recover. In Mexico, people often drink a cup of herbal tea to relax body and mind. This makes caffeine-free and kilojoule-free Rooibos ideal because it helps to prevent insomnia and it reduces anxiety and tension.

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RECIPES

Try these recipes with Rooibos as ingredient

Rooibos adds flavour, colour and nutrients to food and drinks. Take a look at the various imaginative recipes for hot drinks and iced teas combining Rooibos with fruit, herbs, spices and other ingredients to provide delicious, health-boosting beverages. Or impress family and friends with Rooibos carrot cake with walnuts and coconut, or Amarula malva pudding with Rooibos sauce.

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ROOIBOS PRODUCTS AROUND THE WORLD

South Africa: Redbushed Fruit bottled in Rooibos

RedBushed Fruit is dried fruit and/or dried vegetables rehydrated in Rooibos using an innovative process that has been patented in South Africa. Only organic or unsulphured dried fruit and vegetables are used, and no sugar, sweeteners, preservatives, colourants or flavourants are ever added to the bottled products.

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South Africa: Protex soap made with Rooibos

Protex Antigerm's Hard Bar Soap called Rooibos Glow has been formulated with Rooibos and lemon to protect against germs and malodour, and to exfoliate and nourish the skin.

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France: Dior Capture Youth Face Serum with Rooibos

Luxury goods company Dior's Capture Youth Lift Sculptor Age-Defying Face Serum is rich in naturally-derived polyphenols coming from a blend of Rooibos, green tea and white tea. This formulation enables the serum to combat a lack of skin tone and skin elasticity. It also has a pleasing scent.

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USA: 8th Wonder's launches ready-to-drink Rooibos Red Vanilla Tea

8th Wonder's bottled Rooibos Red Vanilla Tea is ideal for those who are caffeine sensitive. What's more, this antioxidant-rich drink also offers anti-inflammatory properties. This "superfood tea" is made with Rooibos, vanilla, fruit, herbs, honey and geranium.

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Denmark: Faith in Nature introduces Pomegranate & Rooibos Shampoo

This shampoo from Faith in Nature contains Rooibos leaf extract and is aimed at people with damaged or very dry hair. The antioxidants in Rooibos helps to repair and refresh the hair follicles.

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RESEARCH

Fermented Rooibos may have a beneficial effect on bone health

In this article, Shaakirah Moosa and her co-researchers looked at the beneficial effects of fermented and unfermented Rooibos on osteoclast formation. Osteoclasts are large, multinucleated cells responsible for bone resorption. Certain bone destructive diseases, such as osteoporosis, are characterised by overactive osteoclasts. The inhibition of osteoclasts may therefore offer a potential mode to prevent these diseases. Although both fermented and unfermented Rooibos may have a beneficial effect on bone health, fermented Rooibos extract was found to have a more potent inhibitory effect on osteoclasts than unfermented Rooibos extract.

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TIPS

Boost your immune system with Rooibos

This article on the Indonesian website TribunTravel refers to five types of tea that offer health benefits. This includes Rooibos as "Rooibos has immune-enhancing properties due to its high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients". It is regarded as "the best alternative to black tea, because it does not contain too much tannin, which is believed to inhibit minerals absorbed by the body".

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How red heads can use Rooibos as hair lightener

This post on the Canadian website Cultur Eatz provides a recipe for a natural hair lightener for red heads. It is made by boiling three to five Rooibos teabags and then letting it cool down. Leave the Rooibos in your hair for about 30 minutes before rinsing.

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Drink green Rooibos to keep warm

In this article on the Chilean website Cosas various new teas are suggested to keep you warm any time of the day. This includes Rooibos Citrus Green, which combines Rooibos with fruits and spices.

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