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Antioxidants in Rooibos, Honeybush & Chamomile: What Do They Actually Do? Part 5

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

What antioxidants are found in Honeybush, Rooibos, and Chamomile, and what are their studied health benefits? I look one by one at the key antioxidants and explain how they affect the body. We've all heard that this tea or that is a 'superfood', meaning full of antioxidants, but what do they actually do?! Find out!

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What antioxidants are found in Honeybush, Rooibos, and Chamomile, and what are their studied health benefits? I look one by one at the key antioxidants and explain how they affect the body. We've all heard that this tea or that is a 'superfood', meaning full of antioxidants, but what do they actually do?! Find out!

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Calming Chamomile Part 2: What is German Chamomile?

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The sweet, apple-scented chamomile flower, or as the Greeks called it “The Ground Apple”, has been a staple of medicine since the time of Hippocrates in 500 B.C. When sipped hot, German chamomile relieves indigestion. This adaptogen acts on the nervous system to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce nervousness and its mild sedative action makes it an excellent bedtime beverage. This post takes a deeper look at what it is and does.

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Calming Chamomile Part 2: What is German Chamomile?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The sweet, apple-scented chamomile flower, or as the Greeks called it “The Ground Apple”, has been a staple of medicine since the time of Hippocrates in 500 B.C. When sipped hot, German chamomile relieves indigestion. This adaptogen acts on the nervous system to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce nervousness and its mild sedative action makes it an excellent bedtime beverage. This post takes a deeper look at what it is and does.

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Rooibos vs. Honeybush: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Although the two “teas” are similar, particularly in taste, they come from entirely different African plants and are NOT the same thing. Honeybush is the sweeter of the two, as the name suggests, Red Rooibos (aka 'Red Bush') has a woodier taste, and Green Rooibos has a citrus-y taste and is higher in antioxidants than red.

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Rooibos vs. Honeybush: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Although the two “teas” are similar, particularly in taste, they come from entirely different African plants and are NOT the same thing. Honeybush is the sweeter of the two, as the name suggests, Red Rooibos (aka 'Red Bush') has a woodier taste, and Green Rooibos has a citrus-y taste and is higher in antioxidants than red.

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Calming Chamomile Part 1: Not Only a Sleep Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

When it comes to the world of herbal teas, chamomile sounds like an old friend, ready to send you off to sleep. But bedtime isn’t all chamomile is good for! This versatile tea has many qualities. Herbalists know both varieties (German and Roman chamomile) are attributed with the following properties: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, stops the growth of bacteria (bacteriostatic), helps relieve flatulence (carminative), relieves muscle spasms (antispasmodic), and helps dissolve and eliminate mucus (making it an excellent choice for chest colds). 

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Calming Chamomile Part 1: Not Only a Sleep Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

When it comes to the world of herbal teas, chamomile sounds like an old friend, ready to send you off to sleep. But bedtime isn’t all chamomile is good for! This versatile tea has many qualities. Herbalists know both varieties (German and Roman chamomile) are attributed with the following properties: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, stops the growth of bacteria (bacteriostatic), helps relieve flatulence (carminative), relieves muscle spasms (antispasmodic), and helps dissolve and eliminate mucus (making it an excellent choice for chest colds). 

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