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How to make rooibos tea

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How to make the perfect cup of rooibos

Rooibos has been bursting onto the tea scene in recent times and is really starting to become popular due to its very unique taste, as well as its lower caffeine levels which allow it to be enjoyed anytime during the day or night. Rooibos is not technically a tea as it does not come from the plant that makes all teas, but it is a great plant to brew up and enjoy. Sometimes people refer to rooibos as a red tea, due to its unique color when brewing the processed pieces of plant.

Although it is generally seen as a red cup you will also notice that there are new green versions of rooibos that have come out, like this one,

green rooibos
green rooibos

 http://theteacupany.com/rooibos/green-rooibos/  , which are the unprocessed versions of red rooibos. Each come with their unique flavors but both will satisfy your look for a tea alternative to brew up. Rooibos is a bit different than traditional teas when it comes to preparation so just read below and you will find the way to make the perfect cup of rooibos.

Easy steps to brewing Rooibos

The first thing you will want to do is start with hot water, around 100 degrees, to really let the flavors out of the plant. If you brew the rooibos at a lower temp you will be missing out on the sweet flavors of red rooibos, or the more earthy flavors of the green version.  You will want to get your water nice and hot, then pour it onto your rooibos mix and then let it steep.

With rooibos being a different plant altogether from the classic tea bearing plants you will also want to ensure you are letting it steep long enough. Rooibos requires a longer steep time of between 6-8 minutes to really get the most out of the little pieces. Be sure not to under steep rooibos as you might be left underwhelmed by the flavor, as it does take some time to make a good cup of rooibos.

Extra tips on brewing Rooibos

Another note about rooibos is that it is often a lot smaller than your traditional teas, which can cause some problems if you don’t have the right things to brew the mixes with.

Rooibos is a great go to when you are looking to get away from your current tea collections so don’t hesitate to take a look around and see if there are any flavors that catch your mind http://theteacupany.com/category/rooibos/ . It is truly a unique flavor that you would expect from something coming from the beautiful country of Africa all the way to your door.

What is herbal tea, and why it is not really tea.

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Introduction to herbal Tisanes

A herbal tea is considered not a real tea. This is because a tea is considered real if it comes from the tea plant called camellia sinensis. In this case, herbal tea does not come from camellia sinensis. It originated from different leaves or roots of plants or simply anything except tea leaves. Herbal tea is also another term for tisanes. So to recap, basically anything that does not come from 1 plant is not a real tea :)

What makes a herbal tea?

There are several things to consider in making herbal tea. First is to prepare the needed leaves, flower, or roots of the desired plant for tea, water, and sugar or honey. One should also know the reason why you are looking to make herbal tea as each different type of brew will have different qualities to them. If the goal is for relaxation, chamomile must be added into the tea for maximum effect. Chamomile (matricaria recutita) contains oil that helps relax smooth muscles inside the stomach. For every cup of boiling water, add one tablespoon of chamomile flowers. For uplifting the mood, blend an herbal tea with mixtures of Spearmint, thyme, and lavender. To be able to sooth the body or specifically cold, try adding eucalyptus, ginger, licorice root, or cinnamon.

what is a tisane?

Thyme (thymus vulgaris) can also be be added into the tea. This helps relax the bronchial spasms that causes cough or cold. Just add two teaspoons of dried thyme in one cup of boiling water for ten minutes. This must be taken three times a day. It is also important to know the exact amount of ingredients to prepare an herbal tea. The standard time for boiling the tea is up to five to ten minutes. Do not opt for longer minutes because it will only bring out the bitterness of the ingredients specially the leaves. If there are leaves, roots, or flowers floating, better use a strainer.

Herbal Tisanes for pregnant women

For pregnant women, it could be good to drink two to three cups of herbal teas daily. However there are still herbal teas that are not good for their body such as sage tea and parsley tea. Sage tea is bad for pregnant woman because it contains a chemical called thujone which causes high blood pressure and lead to other negative issues. Some herbal mixes are good for pregnant women such as valerian, chamomile, and raspberry leaf tea. It is also advisable to drink chamomile tea because it helps pregnant women to relax before going to sleep. Raspberry leaf tea helps relax the muscles so it might be good for some pregnant women to drink this mix when nearing the end of their pregnancy.

What is Rooibos?

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What is Rooibos?

African rooibos is a plant that grows in a small portion in the province of Cape Town, South Africa. The scientific name for rooibos is asphalatus linearis. Its leaves are used to make the rooibos tisane, or rooibos tea. It is also known as the red bush tea, red tea, red rooibos, or simply rooibos. The resulting tea leaves and beverage is slightly brown to reddish in color and has a mild sweet, somewhat fruity taste.

How do you say Rooibos?

I know the first thing that you are probably wondering to yourself is if you are pronouncing it correctly. I will not lie, I have been saying apparently wrong for the past year and a bit… the way how to say rooibos is ROY BUS.

Types of Rooibos for brewing

green rooibos is also available, but is less common and more expensive than red rooibos. Green rooibos does not undergo the fermentation process, unlike the red rooibos variety.

Rooibos was considered to be a plant that grows in the wild, hence, considered as a wild tea. But since the 19th century, rooibos has been cultivated and grown in plantations in South Africa due to its potential profit. Attempts of cultivating rooibos in other countries have failed. This plant is seemingly specific to the climate and soil conditions of South Africa.

The African Rooibos tisane is a very popular beverage, especially in South Africa where its various uses has been discovered. It is very rich in antioxidants, low in tannins, and lacks caffeine. Today, rooibos is becoming popular around the world, especially in the Western Countries, and most especially to health-conscious consumers.

What should good quality Rooibos look like?

High quality rooibos leaves should be whole, long, and needle-like in shape. They produce a richer and darker taste whereas short, crumpled leaves produce a slightly dusty taste. Loose leaves produce a richer and higher quality but teabags are more convenient to use. Flavored and plain rooibos are available in the market. Some are infused with other herbs and fruits. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without milk. It can be plain, or sweetened with sugar or honey. Rooibos contains no additive and colorants. Its red color is primarily due to the fermentation process this plant undergoes.

A great video about the history of Rooibos

Rooibos has been a big part of the South African culture. Today, rooibos is becoming famous around the world due to its unique taste and health benefits. Rooibos truly deserves the praise of its lovers and is worth the try for those who have not yet experienced the wonder of the African Rooibos.

Health Benefits of Rooibos

If you have ever wondered what the rooibos health benefits were then hopefully this section will help to answer your question.

As mentioned above the really cool thing about rooibos is that it does not have caffeine in it at all. I guess you could say that there is no real relationship between rooibos and caffeine which is a great thing as it really allows you to enjoy rooibos whenever you feel like it. This will protect you from those late night when you cannot sleep.

Another amazing thing that is somewhat coupled with the lack of caffeine is that rooibos can be consumed by expecting mothers. This is one of the main reasons that rooibos and pregnancy often find themselves intertwined. With the rise of tea appreciation it often comes to a surprise that pregnant women generally should cut down when they become expecting mothers. This is when you can turn to rooibos when you are pregnant, and even continue after pregnancy has wrapped up for those stressful ( and happy ) times to come.

Conclusion

Hopefully the above listed info has provided a bit of information about rooibos, some of the benefits, where it is grown, as well as rooibos and pregnancy. Here are some great blends if you are looking to take the plunge into a new addition to your brewed cabinet, or if you are just looking for some new great rooibos:

Peppermint Party

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A nice refreshing tea at anytime during the day, this tea is filled with the minty taste that only peppermint can offer. Great on its own or blended with another tea to freshen up any combination, this tea is really one of the most versatile options around.

This tisane has a nice light flavor and light aroma that is unmatched by any other herbs.  100% caffeine free you can have this tea whenever you would like without worrying about being up all night.

Best if steeped for 6-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Peppermint

Honeybush

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If you have not heard of honeybush then you do not know what you have been missing out on. Honeybush is the cousin of the rooibos plant and is similar in some aspects as it does not have any caffeine in it, and is missing the dark tannins that most people usually think of when they envision tea.

Some find honeybush sweeter than rooibos but it really seems to depend on the person drinking the tea.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Honeybush.

Pomegranate Surprise

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This wonderful mixture combines the tastiness of pomegranate with the tanginess of ginger and cinnamon.  With a hibiscus base this slightly sweet tea makes a great warm or iced tea. Deep in flavor and color this tea is sure to be a hit with everyone.

Best if steeped for 3 minutes at 180°

Ingredients: Green tea infused with natural pomegranate flavors, and mixed with raspberries and raspberry leaves.

Mellow Green Rooibos

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Close your eyes and let this green roobios based tea drift you away to your own private island. With gently infused flavors of mangos, apricots and exotic passionfruit your tropical get away is only a sip away.

All these flavors without any of the caffeine mean that you can try out this brew anytime you feel like you need a little getaway.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Green rooibos mixed with natural mango, passion fruit and apricot flavors with mango pieces, orange peels, and marigold flavors.

Spearmint

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A caffeine free and more subtle taste of mint makes spearmint a favorite amongst those looking for a relaxing herbal tea. Where peppermint has a bit more of a bite, thus the pepper in the name, the spearmint flavor is a bit more grounded. A more herbal and earthy flavor is what spearmint offers and is more rounded of a taste than peppermint. Great on its own with its clean flavor really being shown off, or used in a blend with another tea this herb really lends itself to almost any situation.

Best if steeped for 6-10 minutes at 212°

Blood Orange

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A popular herbal tea that is vibrant in color and sweet and zesty in flavor. It is a perfect blend of rose hips and hibiscus petals with blood orange peels. It is naturally sweet and caffeine-free. A deep strong brew will release the juicy flavor of the famous blood oranges tangy and sweet nature.

Best if steeped for 6-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Hibiscus flowers with dried orange peels, rose hips and infused with natural orange flavors.

Fire Cracker

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A sizzling blend of cinnamon, clove, orange peels, and peppercorns ignites the flavor of this tea. Coupled with the warm flavors of cocoa nibs, honeybush, and hazelnuts this tea has an amazing balance of sweet and spicy that will leave your taste buds happy that you took the plunge.

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