Rooibos is a wonderful South African herbal tea, also called Red Bush or Honey Bush. It has up to 50% more antioxidants and polyphenols than green tea. Rich in minerals Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and Copper, it has also been shown to increase iron absorption, and improve sleep. Warm or cold this naturally sweet, caffeine free tea is delicious anytime of day and great for kids and adults. Here is one of my favorite recipes for Rooibos Chai.
1c Rooibos Tea
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp green cardoon pods
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Crush whole spices in mortar and pestle. Mix together the spices, Rooibos, and ginger. Store in an airtight container.
To brew chai simply steep and drink. To make a Chai Latte combine 1-2 tsp chai in 6oz water in a small sauce pan and heat for about 5 minutes, then add 6oz milk (raw whole milk, coconut milk, almond or any nut milk) and continue heating until warm or hot. Strain and drink. If you like you can sweeten it with raw honey, date sugar, or maple syrup.
To increase medicinal benefits consider adding some tonic herbs herbs.
Immune: Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, Astragalus, Polyrachis Ant
Digestive: Triphala, Astagalus, Tangerine Peel
Beauty: Goji, Schizandra, He Shou Wu
Longevity: Ashwagandha, Eucommia, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps
If adding whole raw herbs to the chai mix, then increase the cooking/steeping time. Many of these herbs are available as extract powders from Sun Potion and those you can simply stir into the warm tea. Enjoy!