Red bush tea is becoming a staple for health conscious westerners. The antioxidant load in these teas is said to be fifty percent greater than green tea.
A recent trend in designer beverages are red drinks. Red latte, red cappuccino, if it can be made with espresso it is being reinvented for red tea. Little known side benefits of drinking red tea beverages are the health benefits.
Honeybush tea and rooibos tea are often mistaken for the same thing. Honeybush tea is known for its sweetness and honey like aroma while rooibos tea is known for its sweetness and nutty flavour. The two different plants are actually related plants which have similar healing properties. The major cause for excitement around these teas are the antioxidants contained in both.
Antioxidant Benefits of Red Bush Tea
According to an article from 2001 on WebMD it is believed that red tea has 50% more antioxidants than green tea. This puts red tea up in the category of antioxidant rich foods such as unrefined cacao for antioxidant content. Rooibos tea is rich in vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant as well as a number of phenolic compounds.
An article from the Mayo Clinic answers the question as to whether antioxidant supplements would be beneficial. The article states that the best source of antioxidants are foods and beverages rich in multiple types of antioxidants. This supports the belief that both rooibos tea and honeybush tea are excellent sources of antioxidants.
Rooibos Tea and Honeybush Tea Uses
For decades red tea has been used for its anti-histamine properties. It is useful in relieving the symptoms of hay fever, asthma and other allergies.
Rooibos teas antispasmodic effects are useful in muscular cramping and rheumatic aches and pains. Being caffeine free both rooibos tea and honeybush tea have been used quite successfully in South Africa for infants with colic.
African red bush tea is sufficiently high in natural fluoride that it has been used effectively to fight tooth decay. It is also excellent for treating skin irritations such as eczema and diaper rash.
Honeybush and rooibos tea both assist in the functioning of the liver and kidneys. They reduce the ability of kidney stones to form. They are good sources of calcium and iron promoting skeletal health and assisting in the treatment of anaemia.
The red teas are excellent aids to digestion. They have been used to treat heartburn, nausea and constipation.
Red tea has a calming effect on the central nervous system. It is particularly effective in sleeping disorders. Along with use in insomnia red tea has a healing effect on headaches.
Caffeine free, low tannin, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C both rooibos tea and honeybush tea are excellent alternatives to coffee and other beverages.