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Without a doubt, taking a tea break is a health-enhancing ritual that is not only relaxing but also rich in antioxidants. In particular, redbush tea, a caffeine-free variety that is also referred to as “rooibos,” has been touted for its many health benefits.

In addition to protecting our bodies against cell damage due to free radicals, rooibos is mineral-rich, improves blood circulation and bone health, and is great for your skin. Sipping on rooibos tea also relieves allergy symptoms, and is a natural, safe and healthy alternative to synthetic antihistamines found at the drug store.

Rooibos: a natural antihistamine

Researchers believe the antihistamine properties in rooibos tea are derived from a bioflavonoid called quercetin. Quercetin blocks the release of histamine from mast cells to curb common symptoms of seasonal allergies, such as congestion, a runny nose and sneezing associated with hay fever and allergic rhinitis.

Revitalize with red tea

At The Coffee Gourmand we pride ourselves on distributing only premium, Organo Gold Red Tea. This revitalizing blend features the finest red tea leaves, combined with their signature organic ganoderma lucidum and cordyceps militaris for added health benefits.

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine use ganoderma lucidum to treat fatigue, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, and boost the immune system. Cordyceps militaris, on the other hand, is an ancient herb that helps prevent respiratory problems associated with seasonal allergies, asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu.

How to enjoy rooibos

“Rooibos” translates to “red bush” in Afrikaans, and stems from a native plant of the legume family found in Southern Africa. Due to its slightly sweet flavour and health benefits, the traditional African beverage is becoming widely popular and can be enjoyed hot, iced or with milk and sugar.