Yesterday I was going through the drive-through coffee hut and saw a brand of tea of which I was not familiar. The brand is Zhena's Gypsy Tea and one of her "specialteas" is one marketed as Red Bush Lavender Tea. Here is my copycat version of this mild-tasting herbal tea. Red Bush (in Afrikaans: Rooibos) is available online and in some natural food stores and gourmet shops. Www.gypsytea.com describes red bush tea as: : "Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) has been used for its medicinal properties in South Africa since the early 1900’s. South Africans attribute the plant with several positive benefits including headache relief, reduced allergic reactions, and even colic relief in babies. Scientists have found Rooibos to be beneficial in the treatment of liver diseases, diabetes mellitus, certain skin disorders, and cataracts". Caffeine-free and low in tannins.
- Boil enough water to fill up your teapot.
- Place the red bush tea and lavender blossoms in the tea infuser; set in teapot.
- Pour the boiling water into the teapot, cover with a tea cozy and steep 5 minutes.
- Serve with orange slices (or lemon slices) and sugar on the side.
- Note that both the amount of tea used and amount of flowers used are estimated.
- Also delicious as iced tea!
So good! Used vanilla rooibos. And Honey infused with ginger, lemons and oranges. Made for Sun and Spice.
I have been drinking Rooibos tea for a couple of years now, mostly with mint or orange, but have never had it with lavender. This is quite good! I enjoy it iced during the summer and will try it that way with the lavender. I skipped the honey or sugar, because I find the red bush to be sweet tasting enough.