Rooibos, South African Herbal Red "Tea"
With its many positive attributes, Rooibos tea is a great choice of drink for health conscious people. Rooibos tea contains no colors, additives or preservatives, making it a natural beverage. It contains no caffeine. According to studies conducted in South Africa and Japan, Rooibos has been shown to aid in health problems such as insomnia, irritability, headaches, nervous tension, and hypertension. Studies also show that this tea relieves anti spasmodic agents, which can relieve stomach cramping and colic in infants. In South Africa, Rooibos has been used to treat allergies such as hay fever, asthma and eczema very effectively . It is also used to treat irritated skin. Rooibos is brewed and placed directly on infected areas. Rooibos contains antioxidants which can help slow the aging process and boost the immune system. Rooibos is a great thirst quencher and is an excellent beverage for active people, including children. Most kids will drink Rooibos without added sugar or sweeteners. This tea contains almost no oxalic acid, making it a good beverage for people prone to kidney stones. Rooibos contains the following minerals: copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese, alpha-hydroxy (for healthy skin) and magnesium (for the nervous system) are also components of this tea. In South Africa pregnant women and nursing mothers drink Rooibos because it contains no caffeine.
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Blood Orange Blush
INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp BLOOD ORANGE SMOOTHIE tea leaves (makes 1/2 cup tea concentrate); 2 tsp sugar, honey, or agave sweetener; 1/2 cup Gin; 1/2 cup Campari; 1 750-ml bottle chilled sparkling white wine, Champagne, Spumanti, or Prosecco.
PREPARATION: Make tea concentrate: 2 tsp BLOOD ORANGE SMOOTHIE tea leaves, steeped in boiling water for 6 minutes. Strain out tea leaves. Sweeten with 2 tsp sugar, honey, or agave. Chill tea concentrate in refrigerator. Combine chilled tea concentrate with Gin and Campari. Divide tea/liquor mix amongst 8 champagne flutes. Top off the flutes with chilled sparkling wine of choice. Makes: 8 champagne flutes.
Blood Orange Granita
INGREDIENTS: 2 cups water; 2 TBS BLOOD ORANGE SMOOTHIE tea leaves; 1/2 cup sugar; 2 TBS Grand Marnier, optional; 1 tsp orange or lemon zest.
PREPARATION: Boil water, steep tea leaves and sugar for 10 minutes, for maximum flavor. Strain out the tea leaves. Let cool completely. Stir in Grand Marnier (optional) and citrus zest, then refrigerate until cold. Process in an ice cream maker until slushy, but not frozen completely. Serve immediately. Serves: 4.