Rooibos Tea Home Remedies

Apr 10, 2014

South Africa's Redbush Tea

From its natural range in a small corner of South Africa, Aspalathus linearis
has found its way over really just a few years to grocery shelves around the world. Harvested for its leaves just like green or black tea, the Rooibos or "redbush" plant is actually a legume adapted to arid climates. Its leaves are annually harvested and allowed to oxidize in heaps, just as with traditional tea (camellia), but the resulting red tea is naturally caffeine-free and offers rare antioxidants as well as quercetin, a number of other phenols, and several volatile oils.

While this locally treasured tea has been more broadly known since the 17th and 18th centuries, it may have been a South African woman, Annique Theron, who made the plant and its products genuinely popular by publishing a book in 1974 that extolled the health benefits children and adults could derive from Aspalathus linearis, particularly in the relief of allergies and skin conditions. Today, you can not only find Rooibos Tea in all sorts of varieties but also rooibos and its components in skin care and other health products.

Health Benefits of Rooibos: The medicinal components of Rooibos tea are especially valued as anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants, both of which are critical to everyone's health. More specifically, Rooibos is valued as a natural remedy for acne, various other skin conditions, as part of a diet to prevent or mitigate diabetic conditions, and even as a potential cancer prevention remedy.

Caution: Major components of Rooibos tea are metabolized in the liver, so this herbal remedy is not recommended for those with compromised liver function. Additionally, Rooibos may have some limited estrogenic effects, which may be contra-indicated for those with estrogen-related cancers or other hormone-sensitive conditions.

Resources and Studies
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – Rooibos Tea medical overview
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2533719/ – Rooibos Tea reduces oxidative damage to the brain.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2871121/ – Polyphenols in Rooibos Tea modulate carbohydrate metabolism/blood glucose levels, reduce diabetes conditions.




Cancer - Pets  

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Posted by Dan (Dublin, Ireland) on 02/08/2012
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I have an 18 year old jack russel that was diagnosed with cancer in November 2011. She was very weak and little appetite with at least 5 visible tumors, the vet said the only option was to put her down. Sooner rather than later.

I visited a chinese herbalist who recommended I feed her milk thistle, reishi mushroom and a herbal tea high in antioxidants (rooibos), I started giving her 5 drops of reishi liquid extract and 100ml of strongly brewed rooibos tea along with the milk thistle.

I can't put into words but the results were simply miraculous. Her tumours shrank and her appetite increased tenfold. After three weeks there was no visible tumours, the vet couldn't believe it when the MRI scan came back clear. Just wanted to share my story and hopefully you can add this to the pet cancer section.

Replied by Marianne
Berlin, Germany
02/08/2012

Hallo, Dan: I live in Thailand and have no idea what milk thistle is and how to get it. Could you explain this for me? Also does any Rooibos tea do or must it be a special one? Reishi mushrooms I don't know either. Wouldn't they work on humans as well? I love this website but I always find it a little difficult to understand many of the great suggestions because they are either band names or keywords not known in other countries. So I would really appreciate an answer from you.

Thanks in advance and greetings

Marianne


Diabetes  

Posted by Staff (Earth Clinic) on 01/18/2013

Diabetics may want to look into Rooibos as well for reduction of diabetic symptoms. Lab studies have shown the tea to have positive effects on both hypoglycemia and in reducing the negative effects of high blood sugar levels.


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Posted by Adriana (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/10/2014
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Rooibos tea is so calming and relaxing. Other teas, even the caffeine free herbal types can make me jittery but Rooibos just calms me down almost immediately. I tend to put 2-3 tea bags in a cup at a time, and I have 2-3 cups when I need to be extra relaxed and have a great night's sleep. A true miracle product! Rooibos tea and magnesium are the best in calming a hyperactive nervous system.


Skin Care  

Posted by Staff (Earth Clinic) on 01/18/2013

Rooibos tea leaves are promoted as an acne treatment with both internal and external usage reducing the prevalence of acne outbreaks. Similarly, it is sometimes used to treat psoriasis, diaper rash, general dermatitis, and other skin conditions where inflammation can be a central issue.