Keep a fresh pot of Rooibos warm for hours; it won’t lose its flavour or taste.
Keep cold Rooibos in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Reheat cold Rooibos several times; it won’t develop a bitter after taste like black Ceylon teas.
Rooibos is a natural meat tenderiser; use it as the basis of your chicken, beef or lamb marinade. Give a tangy taste to stews or potjiekos by replacing the water with Rooibos
Rooibos adds extra flavour to sauces. Dissolve stock cubes in Rooibos for an aromatic taste.
Rooibos can be used to substitute milk or water in almost any recipe.
Soak dried fruit overnight in cold Rooibos. There is no need to add sugar when cooking the fruit.
Add colour to your marmalade by cooking the fruit in Rooibos.
Dilute powdered and frozen cold drink concentrates with Rooibos instead of water.
Substitute coffee with Rooibos when making Irish coffee and serve as a caffeine free alternative.
Make delicious ice tea by mixing ice cold Rooibos with sugar and lemon, or mixing it with your favourite fruit juice.
Sweeten a pot of strong Rooibos with honey to taste. Stir well to make sure all the honey is dissolved. Leave in fridge overnight. Serve as an ice cold, refreshing drink.
ROOIBOS GARDENING & HOME
Use cold, left-over Rooibos tea and/or leaves to feed pot plants.
Rinse your pet’s coat with a solution of Rooibos to relieve eczema and other mild skin problems.
Use Rooibos to dye material – the strength of the tea and the soaking time will influence the colour.
ROOIBOS FIRST AID
Rooibos has been used for years to treat a number of ailments and there is much anecdotal evidence (stories) of how well they work. While some of these treatments have not been proven in the lab, they are safe to use and worth a try:
Add a few Rooibos bags to your bath water to soothe a sunburned skin.
Treat itchy skin by wiping the affected skin areas with a face-cloth dipped in a strong solution of lukewarm Rooibos. Press very gently to dry, as rubbing would make the problem worse.
Apply strong Rooibos tea to the skin to relieve eczema, rashes and diaper rash. You can even bath your pet in a Rooibos solution to treat skin problems.
Treat hay-fever by taking lukewarm Rooibos in the cup of your hands and gently drawing the tea into your sinuses. Hold it for a few seconds, release it and blow your nose gently.
Calm down digestive upset and colic in babies and adults with regular Rooibos drinks.
There may be many more “secrets” amongst Rooibos lovers regarding its versatile and useful applications. Please share your tips by sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org