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The Health Benefits of Vanilla and Rooibos

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

Specialtea Teas has a tea called African Elixir. At first glance, one wouldn’t give a second thought to this tea in terms of it’s health benefits. Recently, I did a post on the health benefits of Rooibos. Well I’ve had some customers asking me about what kind of tea would be good for people that have cancer. Our African Elixir has fit the bill and so far, seems helpful. “The distinct flavor and health benefits of vanilla essence can be attributed to the presence of about 200 compounds which possess antioxidant properties. The high level of antioxidants reduces free radicals...

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All About Rooibos

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

Rooibos which is pronounced ROY-bos, whose scientific name is Aspalathus linearis, also known as “red bush”, grows in South Africa.   Rooibos is used to make herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea, redbush tea or red tea, depending upon where you’re from. It has been popular in South Africa for generations and is now being consumed in many countries. Generally, the leaves are oxidized which produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of rooibos and enhances the flavor. Unoxidized "green" rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method to produce green tea)...

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rooibos and Honeybush producers have naming rights

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SOUTH AFRICA – The European Union has granted South Africa’s Rooibos the coveted Geographical Indicator affording trademark protections worldwide.The decision means that South African Rooibos and Honeybush producers retain exclusive naming rights to these indigenous herbal teas.“No other country can claim or buy or own this terminology in any way. Both teas grow naturally only in South Africa and ownership of their names is vital to affirm true origin,” says Tobias Gress, general manager of Khoisan Tea (Pty) Ltd. The Company produces 4,000 of the estimated 15,000 metric tons produced annually.Rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans, has demonstrated health...

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Rooibos

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

08/27/2013 (original post date)Rooibos which is pronounced Roy-bos, whose scientific name is Aspalathus linearis, also known as “red bush”, grows in South Africa.Rooibos is used to make herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea, redbush tea or red tea, depending upon where you’re from. It has been popular in South Africa for generations and is now being consumed in many countries. Generally, the leaves are oxidized which produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of rooibos and enhances the flavor. Unoxidized "green" rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method to produce green...

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Rooibos Health Benefits

Posted by Lisa B Gardner on

08/27/2013Rooibos which is pronounced Roy-bos, whose scientific name is Aspalathus linearis, also known as “red bush”, grows in South Africa.Rooibos is used to make herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea, redbush tea or red tea, depending upon where you’re from. It has been popular in South Africa for generations and is now being consumed in many countries. Generally, the leaves are oxidized which produces the distinctive reddish-brown color of rooibos and enhances the flavor. Unoxidized "green" rooibos is also produced, but the more demanding production process for green rooibos (similar to the method to produce green tea) makes it...

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