Rooibos tea benefits and creating a herbal tea routine

This week’s habit has us adding a very easy hydration and antioxidant rich step into the morning routine we are building together over the course of the month. I’ll share what my routine looks like, and then you can decide the best place to fit one or more healthful cups of herbal tea into your day.
It’s no secret that tea sets a kind of rhythym to my days. Acting almost like punctuation, herbal teas in particular bring much needed mini-pauses spaced around everyday moments. One such pause that adds a great deal of joy every morning is a large mug of rooibos tea (pronounced royboss).

Red rooibos tea very popular due to it’s sweet nutty taste and alluring colour. The research on rooibos is quite extensive due to a wonderfully diverse array of antioxidants and minerals which protect our bodies from free radicals, boost our immune system, fight diseases like cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s, as well as increase energy and overall vitality.

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So each day for me begins almost immediately with the habit of warm lemon water. After a shower I enjoy the essential green smoothie for breakfast and head to work. At the start of the work day, within the first 30 minutes, I drink a large mug of rooibos tea. 3 habits tackled before the day even really begins. Love that!

It feels fantastic to cross these three things off so early, and it boosts energy, alertness, mental acuity, and feelings of aliveness. This 3 part morning routine is one of the best health decisions I’ve made, not only for the many benefits of hydration that come from all 3 habits, but also for the surge of antioxidants you get from the green smoothie and the rooibos tea. I think it’s so incredible that by 10AM you will have taken in more than 100% of the recommended daily antioxidants required for good health!

Rooibos tea benefits and creating a herbal tea routine
Recipe Type: Tea
Cuisine: Nutrient Rich, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
Author: Laura Livesey
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Red rooibos tea very popular due to it’s sweet nutty taste and alluring colour. The research on rooibos is quite extensive due to a wonderfully diverse array of antioxidants and minerals which protect our bodies from free radicals, boost our immune system, fight diseases like cancer, heart disease, and Parkinson’s, as well as increase energy and overall vitality.
Ingredients
  • 1 rooibos tea bag
  • Hot water
Instructions
  1. Drop the rooibos tea bag into your cup
  2. Pour hot water over top
  3. Repeat for 7 days
Notes
[b]So what are the rooibos tea benefits?[/b]
[br][br]1. [u]Minerals:[/u] Rooibos contains calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc, copper and iron in the right proportions to support high mineral absorption.[br]Anti-Cancer: The Cancer Association of South Africa has officially recognised the tea as a great source of anti-cancer chemicals.[br]2. [u]Fights Heart Disease:[/u] The polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease. It’s also linked with reduced blood pressure and total cholesterol reduction.[br][br][b]Goal[/b][br]1 cup of rooibos and/or herbal tea a day over 7 days[br]If you enjoy it, then 3-5 cups of herbal tea a day is even better

So that’s your easy step for week 3 of 52 in this year’s Weekly Bites habit series. I love a steaming mug of rooibos first thing in the AM. I wrap my hands around the mug at my desk while sorting out the day’s plan. It’s warm, comforting, and energising.

You’ll find that rooibos is also a great choice when weaning yourself off of excessive coffee consumption. You get the similar energy boost and antioxidants contained in coffee without the disadvantages.

I hope you enjoy the next 7 days of rooibos and/or other herbal teas, and that after trialling this habit for 7 days you might decide to add this to your routine on a consistent basis. As always I love to hear from you in the comments below. What are your favourite herbal teas and do you have any habits surrounding tea right now?

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7 Comments

  1. Frieda Livesey January 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I love Rooibos teas! One of my favourites is: ‘Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai’ loose tea from http://www.davidstea.com
    It is naturally sweet and cinnamony – a nice start to the day. I am a writer and often get up very early with inspired thoughts to write about. AI look forward to a cup of soothing herbal tea to begin my day! My son, your brother, Brian, introducted me to this lovely Davids Tea. It really appeals to my tastebuds! Thank you for the lovely post. Teas are a pick-me-up for me, too! Love the pix.
    Frieda/Mom xoxo

    • Laura Livesey January 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks – glad you like the post. That cinnamon rooibos sounds really good and I love the David’s tea website, so many interesting options to try. Tea shops in general are so fun to browse through! L xx 🙂

  2. susan January 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I’m limited in the kind of tea I drink since I need to avoid caffeine. Does Rooibos tea come in decaf? I actually tried this tea in Africa and I didn’t particularly care for it. Is there a flavor that’s easier on the palate?

    • Laura Livesey January 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      I’m with you Susan – I try to limit my caffeine intake as well. The nice thing about rooibos is that it is naturally caffeine free, so you’re in luck there, but if you’re not keen on the taste, then you might like something like a rooibos blend if you still want to benefit from it’s extraordinary antioxidants. One of my favs is Vanilla Rooibos. If that doesn’t work, then I would suggest a browse through the organic herbal teas at your supermarket. Some ideas for great tasting and healthful teas include ones that contain: hibiscus, liquorice, cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, or dandelion to name only a few. Enjoy the hunt – I love browsing teas! 🙂

  3. nutricologyuk January 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm - Reply

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    • Laura Livesey January 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing the Rooibos love – love your blog as well! xx

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