History of Rooibos Tea
For centuries, South African people have been drinking this tea prepared from the leaves of Rooibos that belong to the legume family of plants. The broom-like plant is grown in the West Cape Province of South Africa. Unlike green and oolong tea that come from Camellia plants, Rooibos is produced from a different plant, the Aspalathus Linearis. The Rooibos leaves are oxidised, similar to how traditional teas are processed, to obtain the distinct reddish color and enhance its nutty flavour. The South African people drink it with milk and sugar and is sometimes used in cooking sauces and other dishes. It has been traditionally used to treat asthma, allergies and other dermatological problems. This is where the idea for the Made from Earth Rooibos Tea Face Scrub originated.
Rooibos benefits on the skin
Our Rooibos Tea Face Scrub contains Alpha-hydroxy acid and zinc, two compounds that encourages healthy skin. Drinking red tea creates a soothing effect on the skin and thus reduces skin irritations and keeps the skin free from acne, rashes, sunburns and eczema. The tea can a be prepared as a face pack to help alleviate skin problems and when used twice a week, it can create a clear and radiant skin. Magnesium is also a core ingredient of the drink which aids the nervous system to remain strong and healthy - keeping stress and tension levels down.The red tea is caffeine free and acts as a relaxing sedative encouraging deep sleep. It is well-known that being stress-free and getting a good sleep are contributing factors in getting that smooth healthy skin.
This heritage drink from South Africa also has 50% more antioxidants than green tea. Rooibos comprises of nothofagin and aspalathin which have anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. A lab study in England last year exhibited how 11 dart frogs raised on water topped up with Rooibos were protected from getting fungal infection. Proof that the tea has wonderful effects on the skin indeed. The anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory antioxidants found in Rooibos also attack free-radicals, the byproduct of normal cell functions and are the main culprit of ageing.
Research shows that the antioxidant found in tea is highly potent than those found in common fruits and vegetables.
So if you cannot eat your daily serve of vegetables, better grab a cup of Rooibos as an alternative. You would be helping your body delay the ageing process while limiting the associated damages to the skin.
Tannin is what makes black tea bitter. Rooibos is very safe to drink with no side effects whatsoever that in fact, it can be given to infants to cure colic. This is definitely a drink that is good for you and a great treatment to solve skin problems. Suggested drinking of Rooibos is at least 3 cups a day to obtain its maximum benefits. So drink up and enhance your skin's natural beauty.