Roobios chia tea is a lifesaver. I love coffee with real cream, even though I didn’t indulge daily. So it really stunk big time when I discovered that I needed to cut out caffeine. I was never a huge fan of herbal teas, but on recommendation of friends, I’ve discovered a few really delicious teas that pair nicely with my E breakfasts. This Roobios chia from Savvy Teas & Herbs is one of them.
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If you’ve never tried Rooibos, then you’re in for a treat! This is a true herbal tea…so it’s naturally and fully caffeine free…great news for Mamas who are pregnant, nursing, or who just don’t jive well with caffeine. And WAIT until I tell you about the health benefits!
Roobios originates in Africa, where it’s been used and prized as a healing tea. It’s harvested from the bark of the red bush, or honeybush and it does have a naturally honey-woodsy flavor.
Nickole, from Savvy Teas adds a custom blend of spices, and just a touch of stevia leaves to the organic rooibos, so it’s perfectly spicy and sweet, and amazing. This chai is not intensely spicy or hot, but it’s just a great ‘pumpkin pie’ level of flavor and spice that makes me smack my lips. I’m kind of a sucker for fresh ginger, so I’ll toss a thumb of that in as well.
If you like a kickier blend, you can always toss in cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns, or whatever fresh or dried spices you have on hand while it steeps. Using whole herbs is nice, because you get all the flavor and none of the sludge. Here I am using about a half cup of the tea blend to 2 1/2 cups of boiling water.
Health Benefits of Roobios Tea
Rooibos is a local ‘superfood’ herb in regions where it grows wild. It’s used traditionally in Africa to treat allergies, colic, skin conditions, digestive problems, and nervous tension. It’s super rich in antioxidants, and even contains certain antioxidants not found in other teas. Rooibos has up to 50% more Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) than green tea! It has also been shown to be protective against certain cancers, great for circulation and high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
Rooibos is very high in minerals, providing magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron and more. It contains only about half of the tannins than green or black teas, which enhances your body’s ability to absorb that iron. AND it’s rich in flavoniods, especially quercetin, which you may remember from my onion blog post…quercetin is a fantastic anti-inflammatory.
Rooibos can also be applied externally for skin irritations like eczema, dermatitis, sunburns, diaper rash, itchy/rashy skin, acne and rosacea. Studies are also showing promising results with inhibiting DNA damage, decreasing inflammation, and even reducing fasting blood sugar levels.
And, unlike black or green teas, roobios is naturally caffeine free, and actually helps you get a restful night’s sleep. This is GOOD stuff!
Rooibos can be enjoyed hot or cold. I like to steep it in a jar or my coffee press for long periods of time until it’s nice and rich. Since it’s technically a bark, it is hearty enough to boil for long periods of time (called a ‘decoction’), and this is actually how I’ve been told that it’s done in Africa. I like to make a very strong concentrate and keep it in the fridge. If I want it cold, I pour it over ice, and then add almond milk or cream. If I want a hot cup of tea, I just add the tea concentrate, and boiling water to the strength that I prefer. Perfect.
So that’s the whole story on Rooibos Chai from Savvy Teas & Herbs.
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Stacy, over at Stacy Makes Cents is also on a beverage kick this week with her triple berry smoothie….sounds yummy!