Rooibos and your mental health

Learn more about the health benefits of rooibos tea in celebration of World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October. With the ever-changing and often increasing stressors of day-to-day life, it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and our mental health. Our favourite form of self-care is, of course, rooibos…

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Green Rooibos

Green Rooibos and Health

GREEN ROOIBOS AND HEALTH The worldwide popularity of Rooibos is not only due to its unique location and sweet taste, but its multiple proven benefits. Green Rooibos has a higher polyphenol content and therefore higher antioxidant levels than fermented Rooibos tea. The antioxidants in Green Rooibos are potent enough to measurably elevate antioxidant levels in…

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Rooibos health benefits backed by evidence

There has been much debate about the host of benefits claimed to be present in South Africa’s miracle plant, rooibos. Rooibos is considered a superfood, containing an abundance of antioxidants and other immune-boosting health benefits. According to this research fact sheet by the Cancer Association of South Africa, “Evidence of the health benefits of Rooibos…

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8 Ways to Use Tea Bags (Besides Brewing Tea)

Besides brewing your favourite cup of tea, the humble tea bag can do so much more for you! Our teas come in so many flavours and styles, giving you endless uses for this versatile pantry staple. Whether you are looking to add extra flavour to your home baking or to create a DIY spa day,…

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Happiness and Rooibos Tea

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…

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Five Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

Stay healthy this winter with these tried-and-true strategies that are still the best way to prevent illness. We have made a list of five simple things you can do this winter to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy. Wash your hands often: practising good hand hygiene is not new to anyone, but as…

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Flavoured Rooibos Teas for the Family

Spend some quality time over a delicious pot of flavoured rooibos tea. The Easter holidays are approaching and that means quality time with family and friends. This year is a little different from last year, as we can make plans and have get-togethers with our nearest and dearest again. In celebration, we have put together…

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Carmién Rooibos Health Powders

Our brand new, innovative rooibos powders are the perfect daily dose of immune-boosting superfoods to add to your favourite drinks or snacks. Our latest development comes in the form of an instant powder that can be added to shakes, smoothies and cereals, and can also be used when cooking or baking. The benefits of using…

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Teatox for the new year

Join our Carmién Teatox to start your year on a healthy note. A teatox is the ideal natural way to help your body back to optimal health. Apart from just using rooibos we have two specially formulated detox combinations in our Energise and Cleanse teas recommended for your Teatox. Every now and then we overindulge…

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rooibos health benefits

Role of rooibos in managing diabetes becoming clearer, experts say

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) says an estimated 4.5 million South African adults are likely to have diabetes. Original article published on 3 November on IOL by the African News Agency. Decades of local and international research into rooibos’s anti-diabetic properties confirms its effectiveness at improving sugar levels when used in conjunction with a healthy…

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Drink Rooibos For A Stronger Heart

A recently completed study at the University of Columbia, found that COVID-19 poses a significant risk to those suffering from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and hypertension as a result of the additional stress that the respiratory disease places on the heart. Thus, heart patients are more likely to develop severe symptoms and complications from COVID-19. In…

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Carmien Healthy Living: Gut health

Carmién rooibos tea has a multitude of healthy benefits, most of which we are unaware of, and can beneficially impact our gut and brain health. The gut is often called the ‘second brain’. Gut bacteria affect brain health, so changing our gut bacteria may serve well to improve our brain health. The importance of gut…

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Carmien Healthy Living: Stress Management

Stress is normal and good as it helps us complete a task, survive danger, and focus faster. Stress, however, also affects our physical and mental health. Chronic stress and stressful thoughts have a detrimental effect on our health, both physical and mental. When we are stressed our body releases the stress hormone, cortisol, through the…

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How do we stay safe?

Between social media and the news, we are a flooded with a mix of maybe’s and guestimates, while advice, activities to keep busy, and recipes abound. Even our email greetings have changed from ‘Keep well’ and ‘Kind regards’ to ‘Stay safe’. How do we stay safe? The one consistent message is this: Now, more than…

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Rooibos health benefits backed by evidence

There has been much debate about the host of benefits claimed to be present in South Africa’s miracle plant, rooibos. Rooibos is considered a superfood, containing an abundance of antioxidants and other immune-boosting health benefits. According to this research fact sheet by the Cancer Association of South Africa, “Evidence of the health benefits of Rooibos…

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The Best Nursing Tea for Breastfeeding Moms

Carmién Nursing tea is our most popular all-natural rooibos tea for nursing moms. Safe for mom and baby Stimulates and increases the production of natural mother’s milk. The best milk for your baby. Mother’s milk. Will also assist in weight loss. Vanilla and Aniseed give a smooth, slightly liquorice flavour. 3-6 cups recommended per day….

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Meet our new innovative rooibos tea, Boost

Our Carmién wellness tea blends have carved a niche for themselves in the rooibos tea industry and have proved to be highly sought after as natural immune-boosting drinks in this time of Covid-19. It is always our aim to offer even more health benefits to our customers apart from the many benefits rooibos is already…

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Why Rooibos during COVID-19

Well known for its abundant health benefits, the question certainly arises whether Rooibos plays a significant supportive role during this COVID-19 pandemic. Increasing research support evidence that rooibos is more than just a tea. It, in fact, delivers a significant and valuable health contribution. Some key areas where Rooibos has and continues to contribute towards…

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Rooibos in a time of COVID-19: Feedback from Arbor Primary School

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives all over the world, we are trying to uplift and share the goodness of Rooibos with communities around South Africa to add a little joy to their days. Increasing research support evidence that rooibos is more than just a tea. It, in fact, delivers a significant and valuable health…

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New Product: Calm Rooibos Tea with added CBD

New Product: Calm Rooibos Tea with added CBD Life is more than stressful and coupled with an ongoing pandemic, we need some calming relief to help us cope with a busy lifestyle. Unwind and destress with Calm, a calming rooibos and CBD blend that helps to reduce anxiousness and enhance sleep. Calm has a smooth,…

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New Product: Meno Rooibos Tea with Raspberry Leaf

New Product: Meno Rooibos Tea with Raspberry Leaf Meno is our feminine blend with added functionality providing support for all stages of womanhood from period pains to mood swings to menopause. As women age levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone drop during menopause and drinking our Meno rooibos blend may help lessen the symptoms of…

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Rooibos & Beauty

Rooibos & Beauty 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 skincare products and health drinks. “Beauty…

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Rooibos & Immune Health

Rooibos & Immune Health Ongoing anxiety stemming from COVID-19 will continue to push consumers toward prioritizing their immune health according to the latest Innova Trend Report. Their studies have shown that 54% of consumers globally say that, due to COVID-19, they have spent time educating themselves on ingredients and procedures that can boost their immune…

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Kiddies Rooibos Teas

Carmién Kiddies Rooibos Teas

There are few things more precious to a parent than a child, especially a healthy child and this is where the South African miracle plant, Rooibos is key. Rooibos tea has been used by mothers for centuries to relieve colic and stomach cramps and as a calming drink for hyperactive children. It is suitable for…

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Functional rooibos

Functional rooibos wellness products to support health goals

Functional rooibos wellness products to support health goals Every New Year tempts us with new resolutions but the best thing we can do for ourselves to achieve any goal, is to establish good health habits. We firmly believe that our rooibos wellness range is an excellent vehicle to help you reach your health goals, improve…

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Cold Brew

Cold Brew Rooibos Teas

Cold Brew Rooibos Teas A few years ago slightly controversial research claimed that sugar is more addictive than cocaine (and the sweet tooths among us may agree), yet we continue to consume way too much sugar, let alone hidden sugars. Fact remains, too much sugar has definite negative effects. Most parents would agree it is…

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Rooibos Babies


ROOIBOS AND ITS BENEFITS FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS As a dietitian I often get asked the question if it is safe to give Rooibos tea to a baby? And the answer is without a doubt, yes, from the age of 6 months old! Rooibos tea has many health properties and is a completely caffeine free…

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Rooibos Powders

Immune Boosting Rooibos Powders

Carmién Tea is once again pioneering innovative rooibos health technology with their highly beneficial, immune-enhancing Rooibos Powders. Two powders were developed; a fermented Rooibos Powder with added collagen and turmeric, and an unfermented Green Rooibos Powder with echinacea, baobab and moringa. A mouthful of superfoods that can be added to smoothies, shakes, cereals and even used in baking and…

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Green Rooibos & Anxiety

In these stressful times of worldwide disease and war breaking out, the question arises: Does green rooibos lower anxiety levels? Green rooibos is well known for its increased health benefit due to much higher levels of antioxidants (than fermented rooibos) which is said to be immune boosting and also considered to have a calming effect…

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Stress & Anxiety: Rooibos, Camomile and CBD to the rescue

Stress and anxiety rate amongst the top issues of our day, leading to sleeplessness and various other chronic illnesses if experienced over a prolonged period of time. Many are familiar with intermittent disturbed sleep, body aches, anxiety and irritability, but these lead to increased stress when they become chronic. Common stress symptoms: Irritability and difficulty in…

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NEW DEVELOPMENT: Zesty Lemon Pyramid Tea

As much as there are tea lovers who enjoy their tea with milk and sugar/honey, so tea is also synonymous with a slice of lemon. Rooibos, with its natural sweet, full taste actually needs no more than just a slice of lemon. Our latest Zesty Lemon release is just that. A fruity rooibos blend with…

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Mental Health

Rooibos & Mental Health

According to a new Gallup report, employee stress levels around the world are at an all-time high with worry, anger and sadness remaining above pre-pandemic levels. ‘Post-Pandemic Stress Disorder’, though not an official diagnosis, is widely used to describe the trauma experienced over the last two years and the returning to a ‘new normal’ still…

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Rooibos & Skincare

An increased awareness of mental health issues and stress and anxiety from lockdowns have led to much greater attention being paid to self-care. Skincare trends are following general health trends in moving to an anti-inflammatory skincare routines that are better for our health and kinder to our skin. Less is more as people realize that…

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How to combat sun damage with Rooibos

With Europe experiencing its second-warmest June on record since 1979, the record-breaking temperatures are causing vast numbers of people to visit coastal areas and rivers leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents. Health issues are not only limited to people vulnerable to extreme heat but may also lead to potentially serious illnesses or…

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Moon Milk

Calming Moon Milk

Suffering from stress and insomnia? Take a new look at a cup of warm milk. An age-old remedy for new generation stress. Many of us grew up with a glass of hot milk and honey in the evening to help us sleep better. Forward a decade or more and milky drinks are once again a…

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Teas for Women

An innovative range of Rooibos teas for women

As we near the end of Women’s Month, we realise afresh how far a simple cup of tea has come. Gone are the days when the only option was a classic cup of rooibos tea with either honey or with milk and sugar. The rooibos tea offering has expanded into flavoured blends, wellness blends, kiddies…

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Ingredients that assist with the side effects of cancer treatments

Some of the most shattering words we can hear in life are probably “You have cancer”. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation may save your life but they are also known to cause side effects that range from mild to severe symptoms of, amongst others, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, extreme fatigue, cataracts, diarrhea, memory and/or…

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Immune boosting Rooibos teas

Rooibos is probably most known for its high antioxidant levels, which brings us all year-round health benefits but especially so in winter when our immune systems need that extra boost. What exactly are antioxidants? Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals. When…

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Why you should consider giving up caffeine

Staunch coffee lovers may balk at the idea of even considering giving up on that familiar energy kick that comes with a good cup of coffee. With or without milk, coffee has an increasing and very distinct allure. With that, too, the undeniable sociability of a quick coffee with friends or colleagues goes without equal….

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reasons to detox

Key reasons why we should detox

A lot has been said about detox and we get lost in the maze of information out there, so it may be time to just highlight the key reasons why we should detox. Less fad and more fact. Less deprivation more inspiration. A thoughtfully planned detox gets rid of more than just excess weight. It…

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Rooibos and Chamomile, a powerful combination

Chamomile is probably one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind. It is a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family and represented by two common varieties viz. German Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). The dried flowers of the chamomile plant contain many components, namely, flavonoids, terpenoids, and coumarins, contributing to its therapeutic medicinal properties….

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Ginger, the ultimate immune boosting ingredient

Having grown up on a farm and part of the Carmién family, our first memory at the mention of Ginger is the honey, ginger and lemon rooibos tea mix we had to drink to relieve bouts of flu. A close second to that would be Ginger biscuits (which we disliked when we were small) and…

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Brain Tea

For the well-being of one’s Brain

The innovation that is our Brain tea not only utilizes flavorful ingredients that are functional, but has the research to moot. Our quality control team worked intently to ensure that our sourcing of a functional tea that assists not only the brain, but the overall wellness of individuals that suffer from chronic burn-out. Our team…

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A Skincare Routine You Can Drink

Rooibos Anti-Ageing As many rooibos (alternatively, redbush) drinkers know, this tea delivers countless health benefits through consumption that assist with overall wellness. Extra nourishment through naturally occurring minerals, proficient hydration with gentle caramel taste; best of all, the component that ages us all is not present in rooibos – caffeine. With these components combined, scientists…

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New year, new gut!

The innovation that is our Gut rooibos is one that is akin to scientific breakthrough. With countless developments and studies conducting concluding that one’s gut microbiome’s state of health not only contributes to overall wellness or functionality; one’s gut health is now crucial for one’s mental health. With rooibos acting as a naturally caffeine-free and…

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Back To School Essentials: Rooibos & Kiddies

For kiddies and parents alike, our rooibos tea range targeted at your young ones is soon going to be a staple for your pantry. Not only for hot tea time, but chilled in a water bottle or over ice! The benefits found in rooibos as a nutritional form of hydration extends beyond just flavour and…

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What is the hype around rooibos?

Rooibos (aspalathis linearis) is a bushy, herbal plant that grows indigenous to the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. Its origin predates societies of tea drinkers by centuries, as its naturally replenishing qualities were discovered by the Khoi-San tribes before recorded historians first took note of its expansive litany of benefits in 1772….

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Chai & Rooibos

Our rooibos teas are naturally functional due to the nourishing, enriching ingredient rooibos is on its own. Honouring tea rituals internationally, we found that an equally beneficial ingredient (or rather, ingredients) is chai! What about chai tea is so enriching? Here are five health benefits when incorporating chai spices into a tea: chai spices such…

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carmien organic audit

Organic Quality Auditing at Carmién

Our team focuses on developing goodness experienced in the quality of our recipe development, flavour profiles, and combination of rooibos-based tea blends in our range. With that being said, our annual audits for organic production took place in March with astounding results. Our Quality Control manager, Ilze Bruwer, stated the following regarding our Organic Audits:…

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chronic conditions

Common Ailments, and How Rooibos Can Help

We all get sick sometimes, from the occasional sniffles to more serious chronic conditions. But what if there was a natural way to boost your body’s defenses? Rooibos tea, a South African herbal infusion, has been gaining popularity for its potential health benefits. Rooibos has been enjoyed for centuries, and recent scientific studies are catching…

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