for their soothing, healing and anti-ageing properties, that cosmetics houses the world over have incorporated it into their ranges.
How to Make Rooibos tea
- Rooibos offers an amazing, all-natural formula to promote clear and healthy skin
while acting like a shield against environmental influences that are to blame
for premature skin ageing. Although the uses of Rooibos have been passed down
through the generations, the benefits that this herb offers are no longer merely
anecdotal; much research has been done into this magical plant and the natural
healing powers that it possesses.
- Here are just a few useful beauty tips from the South African Rooibos Council*
to enhance your beauty regime:
* Wash your face with cold or lukewarm Rooibos tea instead of water; it is a great alternative skin freshener.
- * Treat tired and sensitive eyes to a rinse with lukewarm Rooibos or wipe out eyes gently with a face-cloth dipped in lukewarm Rooibos for instant relief from sore eyes of any kind. Alternatively, you can also hold cold Rooibos tea bags over your eyes to relieve your tired or red eyes.
- * The following face-mask method has proven a saviour to many an acne sufferer:
take half a cup of strong, plain Rooibos tea (fairly warm); add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar; add 2 teaspoons of oatmeal (NB - if you're allergic to oatmeal, use a gluten-free flour); allow the mixture to cool until it's lukewarm; apply it over your face and neck; lie down and relax for about 15 minutes; rinse off with lukewarm plain Rooibos tea, then press to dry.
- * Rinse dark hair with strong Rooibos to give it a beautiful shine or use as a leave-in for lighter hair to provide a slight reddish tint to your colour.
- * If you have itchy or burning skin, then after a cleansing bath, wipe off your affected skin
- * If you suffer from eczema, bathing the affected skin areas in Rooibos tea or applying it with cottonwool can provide soothing relief.
Many of the unique anti-ageing and anti-allergic properties of Rooibos may be attributed to the unique blend of potent antioxidants found in Rooibos, says Dr Jeanine Marnewick, researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of
Technology.Researchers in South Africa and Japan were able to prove that Rooibos has the
ability to delay ageing, preserve fertility and, when applied externally, could even reduce and slow down skin cancer.
So in short, Rooibos can be used for achieving healthy skin; delaying the signs
of ageing; the treatment of acne, eczema, sunburn and tired eyes; while offering
shine for hair and even protecting your hair colour. And these are just some of
the cosmetic benefits. There is a long and varied list of benefits offered by
Rooibos, including the prevention of life-threatening diseases like cancer and
heart disease, providing relief from stomach problems, assisting with detoxing,
and even helping with anxiety or depression