Rooibos is most definitely more than just a cup of tea. The ever-expanding wellness and beauty industries are incorporating Rooibos more than ever and scientific studies are increasingly proving the validity of its beneficial effects. The use of green rooibos especially is on the rise in skin care products and health drinks.
“Beauty products made from botanical and/or herbal extracts offer environmentally-conscious consumers a choice of natural ingredients that are considered the best form of skincare by dermatologists,”
The high concentration of polyphenolic compounds (micronutrients) in Rooibos tea is what makes it so sought-after as a health and beauty enhancer. Polyphenols act as antioxidants that protect the body against inflammation. It neutralises harmful free radicals that would otherwise damage cells and cause premature ageing. Drinking Rooibos tea should form part of your daily beauty routine to ensure healthy and hydrated skin.
It also contains an abundance of the enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which is an effective anti-ageing substance. As such, Rooibos reduces wrinkles and boosts the production of healthy skin cells.
The high flavonoid levels in Rooibos also help to improve skin disorders like eczema. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties will help to soothe and relieve inflamed skin. Rooibos tea bags can be applied directly onto the affected skin for a few minutes. Bathing regularly or rinsing inflamed areas with the tea will provide a healing effect. Or, add cold Rooibos to a spray bottle and apply throughout the day or when discomfort is experienced.
Inflammation is a major cause of acne and when your skin is damaged, it’s more vulnerable to bacteria which can aggravate acne. In addition to the tea’s anti-inflammatory response, it also contains antibacterial properties that will help fight acne. Drink it regularly and/or use it as a face rinse instead of water.
For all-over body health use our Revitalizing Rooibos Chai Scrub:
1. 40g brown sugar.
2. 125ml (½ cup) olive/almond/deodorised coconut oil.
3. 60ml (¼ cup) Chai Rooibos tea loose leaves (discard teabags)
4. 1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger.
5. 30ml (2 tbsp) honey.
Mix all of the ingredients together until combined. Place in airtight jars and store at room temperature. To use, rub all over your body, hands or lips, then wash off with warm water.
The polyphenols or antioxidants in Rooibos tea also strengthen hair follicles and promotes shiny and soft hair. Rinse your hair at least once a week with a strong brew of cooled down Rooibos tea for glowing locks. This is also good for treating a dry, itchy, or irritated scalp.
Tired and sensitive eyes can also be treated with lukewarm Rooibos. Place tea bags on the eyelids or rinse the eyes gently with the tea.
Rooibos is also hypoallergenic and is therefore ideal for people with sensitive skin which is also why there are many rooibos soaps on the market.
For more research on rooibos and beauty please visit the SA Rooibos Council website.