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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