Rooibos Tea Honey and Lemon Recipe
Many can remember their Ouma or Gogo brewing rooibos tea with honey and lemon to relive sore throats and coughs.
Rooibos tea, which is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and polyphenols, can do much more for health than just respiratory conditions. According to medical research, benefits extend to Type 2 Diabetes, heart conditions, and even stress reduction.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teabag pure rooibos tea
- Three whole cloves (optional)
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Once boiled, remove from heat.
- Add the rooibos teabag and the optional cloves.
- Cover and steep for three minutes.
- Remove the teabag and cloves.
- Add the raw honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Mix well.
- Pour into a teacup and serve hot.
Benefits of Drinking Rooibos Tea with Lemon and Honey (According to Science)
- According to a medical study in 2006, Rooibos tea has confirmed bronchodilator, antispasmodic and blood pressure lowering effects. Along with lowering blood pressure and improving circulation in heart patients, rooibos has a sound basis as a therapy for congestive respiratory ailments according to the researches. Symptoms of congestive respiratory ailments include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production, and wheezing.
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Since rooibos is a no-calorie, low calorie, plant-based beverage, it has been proposed to help reduce weight and improve blood sugar control. Rooibos has a soothing effect on the body. Rooibos is the only tea where the amount of caffeine is nearly 0.5 per cent.
Rooibos is a fruit-flavoured South African tea. The leaves are called Red Bush and are sold in bulk throughout the year. While green tea is a type of tea (and was originally a medicinal herb) and is high in antioxidants, rooibos is usually low in antioxidants.