Sunday, 29 August 2010

Healthy Teas - Part 1

I was very excited to see these at Meidiya and after trying one cup each bought one pack each. the one on the right, Rooibos (pronounced "roy-boss" according to the katakana) tea, cost $39 for 50 tetrahedral teabags and the one on the left, powdered young leaves of barley, cost $50 for 300g. My father-in-law introduced rooibos tea to me and shared w me it's health benefits which included anti-oxidant properties, high in SOD (super oxide dismutase), anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and CAFFEIENE-FREE!!! His rooibos tea is from The Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, where it originated. Mine are Japanese-grown. Read more detailed Benefits of Rooibos tea here. Apparently, that chao Scruffy, my in-laws' dog (my brother's ex-pet) bathes in rooibos tea -.- cos he has some skin problem and it seemed to alleviate the condition. i guess the phrase "It's a dog's life" has positive connotations if applied to scruffy... lucky dog!

According to the Japanese uncle selling the tea in a mixture of heavily-accented broken English and Japanese hahaha, you just steep one rooibos teabag into 2-3 litres of water (room temperature. DO NOT USE HOT WATER as it destroys some of the nutrients) for at least 10 mins, chill it and you can keep it in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, no problem. i keep for less than a week cos it's so delicious we drink it up quite fast =) i also leave the teabag in the jug, no problem. unlike regular teas, rooibos tea doesn't become "siap siap" even when it's over-infused. it remains as refreshing =) He also mentioned that it's perfectly safe for children and even infants... wow...

have a try! check back in tomorrow for my write-up on the other packet, young leaves of barley =)