Can rooibos tea be key to health and happiness?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our lives. It has fundamentally changed the way we live, dress, work and interact with each other. It has also forced us to hit the reset button and question what makes us truly happy.
To get a better picture of how the pandemic has shifted the South African psyche, the SA Rooibos Council (SARC) recently conducted a survey among close to 700 people of various ages and backgrounds across the country.
According to the poll, 56% of South Africans identified sipping a soothing cup of tea as something that brings them the most joy. For those who find contentment in a cup of tea, 84% claimed Rooibos tea as their “happy tea”. Seven in ten said drinking tea helps them to relax, while more than a third remarked that the daily ritual helps them to reflect and be happy in the moment.
“For many, a morning or evening cup of tea is their form of meditation. It sets the tone for the day ahead or helps them to unwind after a stressful day,” says Adele du Toit, spokesperson for the SARC. “As you sip your tea slowly, focus on bringing the mind into the present, while drawing peace and quiet into the moment. Bring your awareness into the here and now and align yourself into your day. Allow your thoughts to come and go without holding on to them. This is a wonderful way to stop overwhelming thoughts from taking over and to prepare the mind for the day’s challenges that lie ahead.”
“Apart from anecdotal evidence, there’s also scientific proof that regular tea drinking can reduce your risk of depression by 31%. Eleven studies involving 22 817 people showed that tea consumption may act as an independent protective factor for depression and that the more you drink it, the less chance you have of becoming depressive.”
Carmién has formulated specific tea blends to assist with restoring wellness in adults and children. The rooibos and chamomile blends, namely Relax, Sleepy Time and Orange Chamomile, are popular amongst South African tea drinkers. Rooibos has a soothing effect on the nervous system & recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension. Chamomile helps with treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar, slowing or preventing osteoporosis, reducing inflammation and helps with sleep and relaxation. The combination of these ingredients makes for a delicious, healthy and relaxing cup of tea that’s especially great before bedtime.
Read the original article on the SA Rooibos Council website.