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The Wild Six Goes on a Red Rooibos Tea Rampage May 31, 2012

A dear friend of mine introduced me to this tea forever ago and to be truthful, I forgot all about it. Since my horrific habit of smoking is now done, I’ve been trying to find tasty things to help my bod get back on track and I again returned for a look at Red Rooibos tea.

I already knew that it wasn’t technically a tea and that it’s from South Africa, but I had NO idea the level of healing properties this bad boy had. I’m borrowing my information from various websites, but found a fantastic short-list of health benefits. It looks amazing, but I just started drinking it because it was naturally caffeine free but didn’t taste like dishwater. I would highly recommend this tea – it’s yummm, caffeine free and tastes amazing cold and hot.  See for yourself and down about 8 cups per day. I do this when I need some “flushing” (not a laxative!) and I’m beyond tired of water! Let me know what you think of the Rooibos tea.

 

Nutritional Value: Red rooibos tea has no oxalic acid and therefore, it can also be consumed by those people who have kidney stones. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as ironcalcium,potassiumcopper, fluoride, manganesezincmagnesium and alpha hydroxy.

Benefits: Red rooibos tea is one of the best health drink or beverage for all those who care for their health and fitness. Some of the beneficial factors related to red rooibos tea are as follows:

  • Polyphenols: Rooibos contains polyphenols that has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-mutagenic qualities.
  • No Caffeine: Rooibos tea is totally caffeine-free, therefore it is recommended by doctors for insomniacs. A cup of rooibos beverage just before going to bed can help you sleep better.
  • Good for Bones: Red tea is rich in calcium,manganese and fluoride minerals that assist in good bone structure and stronger teeth.
  • Infant Relief: It can be useful for little infants who suffer from colic or stomach pains. You may add some sweetened milk to the tea for added taste.
  • Good for Skin: The alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc contents in red tea are best for skin. You can also try applying some red tea powder directly to the skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburns or related skin conditions.
  • Kidney Stones: Even people with stone problem can drink as much red rooibos tea as they want as there is no oxalic acid in the beverage.
  • Hypertension: Rooibos tea is said to bring relief to stress, nervous tensions and hypertension conditions.
  • Anti-spasmodic Agents: The tea is rich in anti-spasmodic agents, which eases severe stomach cramps and abdominal pains.
  • Allergies: In many parts of South Africa, red tea is used as an effective curative to treat allergies likeeczema, hay fever and allergic bronchitis.
  • Slows Aging: The anti-oxidants present in rooibos tea slows down human aging process and also boost the immunity levels of human body.
  • Great Beverage: Red rooibos tea is an excellent thirst quencher and does wonders for active people such as sportsmen, hyper active children and constant travelers. Most people love to drink rooibos tea in its natural form without any sweeteners.
  • Rare Nutrients: Rooibos tea is said to contain rare nutrient contents such as Quercetin and Bioflavanoid that assists in good blood circulation and obstructs hemorrhaging. (Information from organicfacts.net)
 

Update on Using Soap Berries/Nuts May 26, 2012

Okay, gave my natural soap a try as a bug repellent on my plants in the yard. I had a pot of annuals come back to life. Now, there is SOME nibbling going on, but I’ve managed to keep my pots, grape vines AND veg on the right track. Just cook down a batch of 5 soap berries in about 5 cups of water. Let cool and put into a clean spray bottle. Spray the leaves AND underneath. Yeah! No chemicals! Oh, and I’ve been spraying the elixir on my body and the twins…no bug bites yet. I love stuff that has a million uses. Thank you mother nature…you truly are the bees knees. Here’s the link to get your own soap berries: www.naturoli.com

p.s. Here’s a shot of my stainless steel fridge – the soap cleaned it beautifully and prevents greasy finger prints and my house is full of greasy little fingers.

 

Making My Own Laundry Soap/Cleaning Solution/Shampoo May 12, 2012

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What the bleep?! Making my OWN? It’s sounds nuts, but soap nuts/berries have been used for millenia and I discovered this from fellow blogger, arealfoodlover.wordpress.com. She’s doing amazing things with old techniques like fermentation…anyway. Jumped on the soap berry bandwagon and began my experiment this morning.

Soap berries can be used for laundry, shampoo, cleaning supplies, natural pesticides for plants and veg, pet shampoo, etc. The list really is endless. But I mixed up a batch for laundry, shampoo, plant spray and cleaning supplies. There isn’t a product more green than this people! Here’s what I did.

I ordered a 2 lb. bag of the nubbies from naturoli.com and went to work. I boiled two handfuls in about 10 cups of water for 60 minutes. I strained them off into various containers: two for the fridge and the rest into ice-cube trays to freeze for future use (thanks real food lover!). There are obviously no preservatives, so it has a short shelf life. I made just enough to cover us for the week. There’s six of us and between shampoo, baby wash, laundry, cleaning and dishes, I think I made just the perfect amount.

A note about the shampoo – Violet and I add orange blossom water to make it smell dreamy! Next time we’re adding a concoction of steeped herbs. We’ll let you know how it turns out! 

Between being totally green and saving you a rear end load on soaps, cleaners and shampoos, soap berries are the way to go. No school like the old school!