TURN UP THE ROMANCE WITH ROOIBOS

February is the month of love when couples around the world reaffirm their love for one another.

Plants have inspired love and lovers throughout time. In many ancient cultures, herbs are often celebrated for their special romantic powers.

Rooibos is thought to be one such aphrodisiac. Thanks to its high antioxidant content, it stimulates neurons to keep firing feel-good messages to the brain, which is considered the most important organ in the body when it comes to intimacy.

Antioxidants aren’t naturally produced in the body, but are obtained through consuming brightly coloured fruits, vegetables or tisanes, like Rooibos.

This Valentine’s Month, we invite tea lovers to get romantic with some of these tantalising Rooibos infusions:

Rooibos & Vanilla (smooth operator)

Spanish explorers praised vanilla for its euphoria-inducing properties, which is how it gained its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Today, men and women still find the scent of vanilla irresistible! Plan a romantic evening at your place and pour your sweetheart a cup of this sweet, but smooth herbal blend to create the right mood.

Rooibos & Chai (passionate lover)

Fiery and passionate love can come from the use of fiercer spices in Chai infusions, like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, clove and star anise. You can experiment with other spices too, like paprika and chili to help flame the attraction. Rooibos balances the flavours by adding a velvety, dusty sweetness.

Rooibos & florals (textbook romantic)

For the ultimate romantic mood-setter, choose from a variety of Rooibos and floral blends, like rosehip, lavender, jasmine, chamomile or hibiscus that hints of sweeping, sensational love.

Rooibos & Blackcurrant (the bold type)

If you want a bold, full-bodied blend, look no further. The tangy sweetness of blackcurrant mixed with Rooibos is reminiscent of grapes and raspberry, with caramel-honey tones. This blend is sure to set your love’s heart aflutter.

Pure Rooibos (for the lover that gets straight down to business)

If you or your lover prefer a flavoured, yet unadorned tisane, then pure Rooibos will stimulate all the senses. It is smooth and gentle with a natural sweetness and has a slightly nutty taste. When brewed for long enough, you can pour the object of your affection this piping red hot tisane, that’s full-bodied and rich.

You’ll be surprised how much you can learn from your partner while sharing a good cup of Rooibos… Happy Valentine’s!