Herbal Red Sweet Tea
Description: If you like the taste of Iced tea, in the summer time or a warm cup of creamed Tea, in the winter, then you will love Vitruvian Natural Health’s, Herbal Red Sweet tea. This Herbal Infusion gives all the flavor and healthy benefits that Black Tea (Camellia sinensis) offers, but without the caffeine and minimal tannins. Just like black tea, you can drink Vitruvian Natural Health’s Herbal Red Sweet Tea with milk, a rarity in the caffeine-free world, where herb teas are usually too light in body to combine well with milk. Tea drinkers find the taste of this Herbal Red Sweet Tea, to be much more similar to sweetened black tea and many actually prefer the flavor, which lacks the astringency of black tea. Vitruvian Natural Health’s Herbal Red Sweet Tea, can be enjoyed both hot and iced any time of the day or season.
Individual Ingredient Description:
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) Rooibos contains calcium, fluoride, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, and potassium along with other flavonoids such as rutin, and various proanthocyanidins.
Rooibos, an Afrikaans word that means red bush, is a flowering shrub that grows in the mountains of South Africa’s Western Cape. Rooibos is an erect shrub that grows to about five feet in height. It has reddish-brown stems and bright green needle-like leaves. Since it is a legume, the root has nodules containing nitrogen-fixing bacteria. This characteristic enables the plant to survive the nutrient-poor, acidic soils of the Cedarberg region.
Rooibos is the only other tea in the world that undergoes a fermentation process like black tea (Camellia sinensis). Fermentation turns the green needles of fresh rooibos to a deep red color that brews into a rich, satisfying body with all the depth black tea drinkers expect. Just like black and green tea, rooibos is full of polyphenols, flavonoids and proanthocyanidins that help protect the body from free radical damage. It has been scientifically shown to have anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. Recent clinical trials in South Africa and Japan have shown Rooibos tea to help with sleeplessness, mild depression as well as having excellent anti-aging qualities.
In addition to its antioxidant properties, rooibos is also anti-allergenic and South African mothers are known to feed their colicky babies rooibos tea, which also seems to help with milk allergies. Rooibos has been shown to help clear up various types of inflammatory dermatitis and seasonal allergies. Rooibos contains high levels of quercitin, which inhibits the release of histamine and other inflammatory compounds. It has been known to decrease the inflammatory response in the mast cells of the nose & mouth & all mucous membranes.
Drinking Rooibos daily can support your overall health and boost your immune system. Plus, its antioxidants are also thought to lower blood fat levels, which in turn help to support normal cholesterol levels.
Stevia (stevia rebaudiana) Stevia is, nutrient-rich, containing substantial amounts of protein, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and Vitamin B3. Stevia is known for its use as a sweetener but is also used as healing plant and healthy food additive.
Unlike artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Stevia is said to have no bad effects on the insulin balancing process of the human body. Instead, the WHO reports say it has a negligible effect on blood glucose and could even enhance glucose tolerance. That makes it not only a good natural sweetener for diabetics, but almost for everyone. In opposition to sugar, Stevia contains no calories but is still 300 times sweeter and it’s also good for the teeth and is effective against caries and dental plaque. Other experiments and researches found some positive Stevia side effects on obesity and high blood pressure.
All this makes the sweet leaf a natural and healthy alternative to sugar and synthetically produced sweeteners.
Herbal Red Sweet Tea, 6 oz (makes approx. 8-9 gallons of tea)
This refreshing drink is a healthy alternative to the traditional Chai drink, which uses Black tea. Incorporating Vitruvian’s Herbal Red Sweet Tea offers a caffeine-free option that’s loaded with nutrients and antioxidants!
- 4 slices fresh Ginger root
- 2 Cinnamon sticks
- 8 whole Cloves (Crush)
- 8 whole Cardamom pods (Crush)
- 1/4 tsp. whole Black or White Peppercorns
- Splash of Vanilla Extract
- 2 TBSP Herbal Red Sweet Tea*
- 2 cups Water
- 2 cups Milk
Simmer all spices in 2 cups water, covered, for 20-30 min.
Add the Red Sweet Tea and milk. Simmer for 5 additional minutes.
Remove from heat. Strain and enjoy! Top with fresh cream and a dash of nutmeg for an added treat!