Monday, December 12, 2011

Delicious, Refreshing & Life Giving

I have been experimenting lately with various Lemonade Recipes and my all time fave is anything with Rooibos.  I grew up in South Africa where this tea grows wild and has literally so many health benefits that I just could not list them all.  Rooibos ("roy boss") means "red bush" in Afrikaans. Rooibos tea actually derives its name from the aging process of oxidation that turns it red.  

Here is a great ultra-refreshing recipe that will quench your thirst, cut your appetite, stimulate your metabolism, and infuse your body with anti-oxidants.

Refreshing Rooibos Lemonade

5 Cups of Strong Rooibos
1 Cup of Lemon Juice, Freshly Squeezed
1 Cup of Lime Juice, Freshly Squeezed
2 Lemons (thickly sliced)
Half a Cucumber (thinly sliced)
1 Cup of Ice

Chill for an Hour & Drink at your Merry!

The health benefits of Rooibos:

·          Protection against cancer - The antioxidants in rooibos tea have been shown to increase the productivity of carcinogen-detoxifying enzymes, as well as protecting cell proteins, cell fats, and DNA.

·          Improvement of immune system - Rooibos tea's effective combination of antioxidants and important minerals gives your immune system a boost, which means that you'll be able to fight off any illnesses in an efficient manner.

·          Reduction of insomnia, tension, headaches and irritability - As a tea with no caffeine, rooibos drinkers have found that enjoying a cup before bed has helped to relax them and relieve any tension to allow for a great night of sleep. By helping to normalize tea drinkers' sleep habits, rooibos often reduces headaches and irritability.

·          Stronger bones and teeth - With high levels of antioxidants and minerals like manganese, fluoride and calcium, rooibos tea promotes good bone growth, and helps to keep teeth nice and strong.

·          Relief from colic and stomach cramps - Rooibos tea is sometimes called "the mother's miracle" because its antioxidants makes the tea an anti-spasmodic agent, which relieves stomach cramps and lessens colic in infants. Just mix this natural, decaffeinated beverage with milk and your baby will soon stop suffering from stomach pain and sleep easily.

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