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All About Rooibos Tea

All About Rooibos Tea
  Rooibos is a plant native to South Africa; its name translates from Afrikaans to English literally as “red bush.” It has a sweet, nutty flavor. In addition to using the plant as a drink and tea, it is also used for cooking and baking, and in some cosmetics to promote healthy skin. WHAT ROOIBOS TEA DOES Africans have used rooibos for centuries—the plant contains high amounts of antioxidants and minerals, including iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Rooibos is also effective in treating skin ailments. Recent studies have shown that because of rooibos’ high levels of zinc, alpha-hydroxy, and superoxide dismutases, it’s a particularly effective treatment for acne both when taken orally and applied topically. Rooibos is also known for its calming properties to help promote relaxation and a good night’s sleep, but it won’t make you drowsy during the day. THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ROOIBOS TEA People with liver or kidney disease...
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Tame Anxiety with a Cup of Tea

Tame Anxiety with a Cup of Tea
Forty million adults suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States. While the reasons are numerous and complex—genetics, life events, brain chemistry and personality all play partial roles—some of the ways you can combat anxiety are surprisingly simple. Many studies have linked improvement in anxiety symptoms with everything from daily exercise and meditation to cognitive behavioral therapy and a healthy diet, but one of the easiest ways to relieve the symptoms of anxiety disorders can be found in a simple, undemanding cup of tea. Even if you currently practice a lifestyle that involves a fair amount of anxiety-reducing routines, adding tea will benefit you even more. Here are a handful of the best—and most readily available—teas for anyone suffering with an anxiety disorder. Valerian root Valerian root acts as a mild sedative that works on emotional, physical and psychological levels. Drink a cup before bed if you need a sleep aid, or...
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