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Stress Less This Season and Enjoy Some Delicious Herbal Tea

I've got two great radio programs to share with you and they are actually related, for me anyway.  When I sit and enjoy a delicious cup of herbal tea, I relax and unwind a bit and the stress melts away or at least I don't think about the things causing stress for a few minutes while I enjoy my tea.

Female Wearing Christmas Hat by imagerymajestic at Freedigitalphotos.netThe first show broadcast on October 22, 2014 - "Stress Less During the Holidays".

For many the holidays mean sickness, stress, depression and lots of busyness.  We've got 10 tips to help you stress less, so take a listen.

Fall kicks off the holiday season helping us transition to the busyness that can dominate this time of the year.  Fall is a time to let go and clear out the clutter and negativity.

If you find yourself dreading the whirlwind of the last quarter, then tune in with us and learn how you can make the most of fall and the holiday season.

One of my keys is from KISS - Keep IT Simple and Special for the holiday and all year really.  You don't have to be brilliant, super crafty, witty, or any other trait you see shared all over the media and internet.  You just need to be you, and you are special just as you are.  Share the good times and moments with those you care about.

If you want to read more about managing stress during the holidays, check out my article on Your True Colours Magazine, page 37.

Chinese Style Herbal Floral Tea by KEKO64The second show aired on November 5, 2014 - "All About Herbal Tea or Rather Herbal Infusions"

Personally, I love sipping on herbal infusion, especially as the weather cools down.  In fact as I'm updating the blog - I'm drink a nice warm cup write now.

Many people think they don’t like herbal tea/infusions, but they have probably not enjoyed a good cup.  Tune in and learn all about the traditions of tea, types of tea and how to get a good cup.  There is nothing I love more than visiting a friend in the afternoon and enjoying good conversation, relaxation and a delicious cup of herbal tea.

Find out which tea has more antioxidants than green tea, making it the super star of tea without caffeine..... I'll give you  a hint, it comes from South America.

And, by the way, herbal tea is really an herbal infusion.  Green tea is really green tea infusion.  Join us and find out why.

Kally and MarkMark and Kally on the Get Real! with Mark and Kally show on Your True Colours Image Radio.

 

Photos by imagerymajestic and KEKO64 at Freedigitalphotos.net

The Amazing Benefits of Rooibos

Rooibos BushRooibos benefits the entire body and is relatively new to the United States market.  It is a healthy alternative to sodas, commercial juices, vitamin waters and tea - especially if you are looking to avoid caffeine.  The health benefits of rooibos are being studied all over the world.

Rooibos, pronounced roy-bos and means red bush, is made from the needle like leaves of the rooibos plant.  It is a very common drink found in South Africa.  The leaves are fermented which gives the distinct red color and taste making the nutrients also more available.

Around the world you will find Rooibos spreading out of South Africa, Mate spreading from South America, Tea which came from Asia, and a variety of herbal infusions.

Tea specifically refers to an Asian evergreen shrub or small tree called Camellia sinensis. Black, green, white, and oolong all come from Camellia sinensis.  Technically when mentioning tea, you are referring to any beverage made from Camellia sinensis.

Yerba Mate specifically refers to llex paraguariensis, is a species of holly (family Aquifoliaceae), well known as the source of the beverage called mate after the gourd it is traditionally drunk from all over South America.

An infusion is the process of extracting the flavor and nutrients from plant material in a solvent such as water, a process referred to as steeping.   If you are steeping your rooibos, mate, tea, herbs, or even coffee beans, you are making an infusion.  The term tisane originally referred to a drink made from pearl barley but has become a catch-all term for all non-caffeinated beverages.

Referring to Rooibos Tea would not be accurate.  Rooibos infusion or tisane would be.  It is sometimes called 'Red Tea'.  You can find Rooibos by itself, mixed with tea or other herbs.  It is caffeine free naturally.   To make Rooibos you take about 1 1/2 tsps of the Rooibos and pour 8 oz of boiling water over and cover with a lid to let steep for 5 to 6 minutes.  Most commonly it is served warm with lemon and sugar or honey.  You can serve it chilled with lemon and sweetened as you like.  I prefer it with stevia and sometimes add lemon.

Rooibos is not genetically modified and pure and natural and does not contain any calories, preservatives or colorings.

So what are the health benefits of drinking Rooibos?  For starters it is a perfect drink to help keep you hydrated in the summer.   Tea on the other hand is dehydrating.  Rooibos is rich in minerals and high in antioxidants.  It has trace minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium and sodium which makes it a great thirst quencher for active people.

It is gentle on the stomach.  It has benefits for the cardiovascular system and may help lower blood pressure.  It is anti-inflammatory.  Rats fed rooibos instead of water had significantly higher serum superoxide dismutase (SOD) levels (important for antioxidant defense) and less DNA damage.  It is commonly used for respiratory ailments, acting as a bronchodilator and antispasmodic.  It can suppress fasting glucose levels and improve glucose uptake and insulin secretion after a meal.   Tests show it inhibits lipid peroxidation and brain aging.

Some studies showed it to have anti-cancer effects.  According to WebMD, Rooibos is sometimes used as substitute for milk with colicky babies, says Alvaro Viljoen, PhD, of the department of pharmacy at the University of the Witwatersrand.  It is reported that mothers who are unable to nurse in South Africa feed their babies Rooibos as a substitute for breast milk. 

Rooibos is calming to the nervous system.  It can be enjoyed in the evening, as opposed to tea because it is naturally caffeine free.

There are some reports of its use topically for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Rooibos benefits can be enjoyed by the whole family and is an inexpensive beverage.  It is a powerhouse of nutrients and tastes good.   I have not been able to find any side effects of drinking Rooibos.  So get yourself better hydrated this summer and enjoy some Rooibos.

Have you tried Rooibos before?  What is your favorite herbal infusion?

To your health,

Kally Efros

Indigo Mountain

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