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Deliciously fragrant with a bright red hue, rooibos tea is a herbal tea made from a South African bush plant, grown exclusively in the Cederberg Mountains. With a floral aroma and naturally sweet taste, this red herbal tea is sure to delight all your senses while giving your body a whole host of health benefits!

1. Contains No Caffeine

Red rooibos tea can perk you up, giving you the energy and health boost you need to see you through the day while being caffeine-free. If you find yourself reaching out for a cup of coffee too often, try switching to rooibos tea. Removing caffeine from your diet can help improve your mood, stress levels and cardiac health.

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This herbal tea can also complement your bedtime routine as a cup of red rooibos tea before going to bed can help you sleep better. If you suffer from insomnia or often have trouble having a restful night, perhaps this tea can be a natural solution.

2. Improves Heart Health

Red rooibos tea contains quercetin- An antioxidant associated with preventing a wide range of heart conditions. Its anti-inflammatory properties lowers blood pressure while eradicating free radicals that are harmful to your body. Drinking this herbal tea will help prevent bad cholesterol from clogging the walls of arteries and blood vessels. Having a cup of red rooibos tea regularly will go a long way in guarding against heart conditions like stroke or cardiac arrest.

3. Improves Blood Circulation

Red rooibos tea contains chrysoeriols, which can help decrease blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Apart from being an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, this compound has been linked to reducing cholesterol.

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4. Anti-inflammatory

Rich in antioxidants, red rooibos tea can help protect the body by fighting free radicals. The anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenols found in this herbal tea aid in preventing heart conditions, while their antiviral properties will also boost your immune system. Red rooibos tea is sure to keep your health in its peak condition.

5. Curbs Diabetes

Aspalathin, a rare antioxidant found in red rooibos tea contains a variety of amazing abilities. Drinking this herbal tea helps prevent type II diabetes by balancing blood sugar, improving insulin resistance, improve glucose uptake and increase insulin secretion from the pancreas. Having red rooibos tea regularly in your diet can guard you against this illness that is on a rise throughout the world. Even if one is already diabetic, having this herbal tea can help control diabetes by preventing spikes and drops in blood sugar. The next time you feel tempted to reach out for a sugar-loaded drink, why not opt for this naturally sweet yet healthy tea instead?

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6. Relieves digestion problems

If you find yourself suffering from any digestive issues or stomach cramps, try having a cup of red rooibos tea. Not only will this tea help calm your nerves, it can naturally ease any abdominal pain and aid digestion. From mild stomach pain to more painful conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, red rooibos tea can be used as a natural remedy. The next time you feel a tummy ache coming on, brew a cup of this herbal tea to relieve the pain.

7. Contains anti-ageing properties

Packed with antioxidants, red rooibos tea is able to slow down symptoms of aging while boosting the strength of the immune system. Antioxidants help flush out free radicals that are responsible for damaging your skin and hair. One of the highest in terms of antioxidant content, this herbal tea is a must to protect both your overall health and youthful looks against the tide of time.

8. Clears skin

Packed with zinc and alpha hydroxy acid, red rooibos tea may be your natural remedy to troubled skin. If you suffer from acne or rashes, try applying this tea directly as a toner or facial wash. To prepare toner using this tea, brew some loose rooibos tea leaves in a cup of hot water. Once steeped and cooled, mix the tea with apple cider vinegar and apply on your skin. This homemade toner is a natural way to ensure your skin is smooth and clear.

9. Strengthens bones and teeth

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Rich in manganese, calcium and fluoride, rooibos tea can help promote healthy bones and teeth. Drinking this herbal tea may go a long way in preventing common health conditions like joint pain, osteoporosis and arthritis. Manganese helps repair damage and build more bones mass while fluoride is an important compound to maintain healthy teeth. Calcium is widely known to be important in building healthy strong bones and teeth.

10. Promotes Healthy Hair

Rich in minerals, red rooibos tea can help speed up hair growth while strengthening your locks as well. This herbal tea can also help prevent hair loss as it contains compounds that help shed dead skin cells that may block hair follicles and prevent hair from growing. If you suffer from dandruff, this anti-inflammatory properties of the tea may help relieve the symptoms of dandruff by soothing the scalp. With these benefits, there’s no reason not to try drinking this tea regularly and watch your locks become shinier and healthier.

From protection against diseases to giving you luscious locks, this red herbal tea sure packs a punch. While it may seem less common compared to age-old favourites like green tea, this herbal tea hailing all the way from South Africa is on the rise to popularity. Try a cup today and enjoy its natural sweetness while also relishing in the fact it’s doing your body some good!

Ginger, an aromatic and spicy root, has been used throughout time in various cultures. Ayurverda often refers to this root as a universal medicine while Chinese medicine believes ginger restores Yang or hot energy.

With a host of powerful healing abilities, there’s hardly any reason not to add ginger tea into your routine!

1.Treats nausea & vomiting

If you experience motion sickness on your journeys, try having a cup of organic  ginger tea before your flight or drive. Ginger tea has been used to settle a variety of stomach problems like morning sickness and stomach ache for thousands of years for good reason. The ability of ginger to soothe a troubled stomach makes it a great travel companion the next time you feel nauseous!

2.Improves digestion

No one enjoys going to bed feeling bloated. A cup of ginger tea before sleep can solve this as it relieves gas, ensuring you wake up feeling refreshed!

Ginger tea can also be a natural remedy for other more serious digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ginger can help soothe your digestive system during a flare-up, easing any painful symptoms you may experience. The versatility of ginger to treat a whole host of digestive problems makes it a great natural remedy to a troubled stomach!

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3.Reduces inflammation

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger tea is an ideal home remedy to cure any muscle and joint pains. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or any inflammation of the joints, ginger can help reduce swelling within sore muscles and joints. The next time you experience sore muscles or joints, reach out for ginger tea to relieve pain naturally.

4.Cure for the common cold

The common cold often comes with sore throat, coughing and a runny nose- Nothing ginger can’t cure! This root contain antiviral properties that help clear any nasal congestion and relieve pain. If you’re down with a common cold, ginger tea can help soothe and ensure you make a speedy recovery!

 

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5.Improves blood circulation

The active compounds found in ginger help improve blood circulation thus, preventing chills, excessive perspiration and fever. Drinking organic ginger also goes a long way in preventing cardiovascular diseases.

6.Treats menstrual pain

If your period pains often leave you curled up in a ball, try ginger tea for a natural pain relief. Soak a towel in steaming ginger tea and apply it to your lower abdomen. This will help your abdominal muscles relax, providing instant relief. While you’re relaxing, treat yourself to a cup of ginger tea with lemon or honey to mask the strong taste.

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7.Boosts your immune system

Drinking a cup of organic ginger tea regularly will help keep you healthy due to its rich amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital in ensuring your immune system is strong enough to ward off any sickness.

8.Protects against Alzheimer’s disease

In a study where 60 middle-aged women were given ginger extract or a placebo, researchers found those that consumed ginger experienced an improvement in working memory. Ginger is capable of enhancing memory and brain function, guarding against Alzheimer’s Disease. Some studies attribute ginger’s ability to prevent age-related decline in brain function due to its potential to fight inflammatory responses that occur in the brain.

9.Helps with weight loss

If you need help shedding those extra pounds, try adding organic ginger tea into your daily routine. This quality tea can help speed up metabolism, increasing the amount of calories burnt. Ginger can also keep hunger pangs at bay by making you feel satiated for longer, preventing you from over-eating.

10.Post-workout fuel to relieve muscle soreness

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help soothe any muscle soreness after exercise. In a study where participants were given either raw ginger, heated ginger or a placebo after intense exercise, researchers found those that took ginger felt less pain than the others. If your workouts leave you feeling sore, treat yourself to ginger for a tasty reward that is sure to help your body recover faster.

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With this range for health benefits, it’s no surprise ginger has been used throughout millennia as an ingredient in natural remedies. Why not treat yourself to a brew of this tea and experience the benefits for yourself?

With its signature delicate yet refreshing smell and flavour, mint is an ingredient used for medicinal purposes for various ailments. Peppermint tea, a herbal infusion made from mint leaves, is a delicious yet easy way to enjoy the diverse health benefits this herb has to offer. Read on to discover the host of benefits this quality tea has to offer and you may find yourself reaching out for a cup of this brew by the end!

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1. Fights Fever

One of life’s paradox is that you can be burning up with fever yet be shivering with chills. This is your body’s way of fighting infection by raising your body temperature. Drinking peppermint tea assists your body in heating up and increasing blood circulation. Getting warm also helps pores open up, allowing your body to cool naturally by perspiring. Not only does this help your body cool, perspiring helps flush out toxins too!

The next time you feel yourself coming down with a fever, try reaching out for a cup of peppermint tea to keep your fever in control.

2. Improves digestion

Mint leaves can naturally cure a range of digestive problems like bloating and stomach discomfort. Peppermint tea can relieve such issues as it helps relax your muscles, allowing stomach gases to pass more easily rather than accumulating. This makes this herbal tea an effective remedy for symptoms associated to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as gassiness and stomach pain.

If you find yourself suffering from digestion problems like diarrhoea or constipation, peppermint tea can help ease any pain while ensuring your digestive system is working well. This herbal tea is best taken after a meal, before bedtime or at the onset of any symptoms of digestive issues.

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3. Guards against nausea and vomiting

Do you get motion sickness or feel queasy when travelling on vehicles?

Drinking peppermint tea can help prevent any vomiting or nausea as it relieves any involuntary muscle spasms. It also helps alleviate stomachache and nausea usually experienced together with motion sickness.

4. Strengthens Immune system

Mint leaves contain antibacterial properties to tackle bacteria responsible for a range of illnesses including colds, cough and fever. Peppermint tea also helps boost your immune system to prevent you from falling sick. The antioxidants and nutrients found in this herbal tea is sure to help keep your body in optimal condition!

5. Bye to bad breath

From sweets to toothpaste, mint is a popular flavour to freshen up your breath. The antibacterial properties of mint leaves keeps bad breath at bay while the strong menthol flavour is sure to leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

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6. Natural relief for headaches

If you find yourself suffering from a splitting headache, try reaching out for some fresh or dried leaves instead of painkillers. Once brewed and drunk, you might find the peppermint tea has eased your pain without the need for heavy medication and side effects!

Headaches usually restrict blood vessels in the brain, causing pain. Similar to pain killers, peppermint tea stops headaches by opening up the constricted blood vessels. Try this natural remedy the next time you feel a migraine coming on for relief!

7. Relieves nasal congestion

Apart from giving peppermint tea its unique refreshing taste and smell, menthol also plays another beneficial role- warding off sinus problems. The menthol found in mint leaves can reduce inflammation along the nasal passage and clear it to solve any congestion.

If you’re suffering from a cold or sinus infection, try brewing a cup of peppermint tea. The steam from this herbal infusion can alleviate any sinus issue by breaking up phlegm, making your nose feel less blocked. This herbal tea is also a great cure for sore throats and dry coughs.

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8. Improves alertness

The next time you need a drink to perk you up, reach out for peppermint tea. This herbal infusion can improve brain capability by making you more alert and enhance memory.

This herbal tea is also a great go-to drink at work or school as it is a natural stress reducer. We all know we tend to perform better when calm and balanced.

9. Alleviates menstrual cramps

While peppermint tea helps alleviate muscle spasms in general, it seems to be particularly effective in treating period cramps. Drink a cup of this herbal infusion two to three times a days during days leading up to your period and during to help soothe any period cramps.

10. Troubled skin

Treating skin problems associated to inflammation like acne can be infuriating but a change in diet can do the trick. Peppermint tea is a natural solution to troubled skin. It helps boost estrogen levels which helps balance out hormonal issues, helping reduce acne.

With a wide range of benefits, mint is a versatile ingredient to naturally treat issues ranging from digestive problems to troubled skin. Enjoy mint’s health benefits by treating yourself regularly to peppermint tea!

We would like to thank Cherilyn from All things Vegan sg  for allowing us to steal her wonderful sweet treat recipes to share will all our Nilufer Tea Blog readers!  Cherilyn is a vegan living in Singapore and is very passionate about veganism and would like to share the love with everyone ?
Check out her blog to learn more about the Vegan lifestyle and learn more about how Vegans in Singapore are doing it!
 

 Healthy and delicious Vegan Unicorn Cupcakes and Pancakes Recipes

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So lately I've been seeing so many unicorn cupcakes on social media and I decided to try making some hella cute cupcakes as well. Click on to view how to make these little unicorn ?  cupcakes!

Unicorn Cupcakes ?

Prep time: 1hour       Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients:
Vanilla Sprinkled Cupcakes

Frosting

Decorations:
View Cupcake Jemma's video here.
Instructions:
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees celsius.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar to the non-dairy milk. leave it to curdle.
3. Add softened butter to a large mixing bowl and cream with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until combined and fluffy.
4. Sift over the butter and sugar mixture alternating with the milk mixture. Blend until no lumps are present.
5. Add sprinkles and use a wooden spoon to carefully mix the sprinkles into the batter. OR use a spatula to fold it in.
6. Place the batter into 15 cupcake holders.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the butter until creamy and light in colour.
2. Sift in the icing sugar and add in the vanilla extract.
3. Divide the batter into 4 separate bowls and add in food gel. ( each colour for each bowl )
4. Use a cling wrap and lay it out.
5. Place strips of the different coloured icing onto the cling wrap and roll it up.
Refer to cupcake Jemma's youtube video on unicorn cupcakes to learn how to do the icing and the decorations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW6nIhcNDbs
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WHOLEWHEAT BANANA PANCAKES

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This recipe for pancakes is absolutely amazing. They make the perfect breakfast if you are craving for something warm and sweet. It is simple and very yummy. It can be made really quickly so time isn't a problem at all! I personally love these pancakes as they are super easy to make and satisfies my taste buds. So here they are!
Remember, if you do make them, please tag me on Instagram@cherealkiller! I would love to see those delicious pancakes that you have made. I have a video posted on youtube here.
Prep time: 15 mins          Cooking time: 10 mins
Ingredients:

Steps:

  1. Warm 60ml of soya milk in the microwave or in a small pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the flax meal in a bowl, add the warmed milk, stir well, and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the apple cider vinegar into the remaining soya milk and set aside to thicken and curdle.
  4. In another small bowl, mash the banana with the brown sugar, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  5. Whisk in the flax mixture, curdled soya milk into the banana mixture and blend well.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wholemeal flour, buckwheat flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir in the wet ingredients until just combined and fold in the nuts (optional). The mixture should have a thick consistency.
  7. Heat a frying pan or a cast iron griddle over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates immediately.
  8. Lightly oil the griddle and drop scoops of batter to your liking. Cook until bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes. Carefully flip the pancakes and cook further for about 1.5 mins. Grease the pan a little between each batch to prevent sticking.
  9. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup and berries (optional)

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Sick of sipping on the same old cup of flower tea every afternoon? Spice teatime up a notch by letting it melt into happy hour - infuse your cup of quality tea with a punch of alcohol. By combining two of your favourite beverages together, you can create your own easy DIY cocktails at home for a beverage fit for a party.

The beauty of quality tea cocktails is that you can always customize cocktails according to your preference of the day, and experiment with the different flavors that flower tea, organic green tea and organic black tea can bring out. Rest assured that quality tea is the best mixer ever - its neutral taste allows it to pick up the flavor of herbs and fruits quickly, it contains no sugar, and is also heart-friendly. Here are 5 delicious, easy DIY cocktails you can make at home to give teatime a whole new meaning.

Rose Tea Martini

On days when your special someone is coming to visit, a glass of rose tea martini will do the trick. This cocktail is fruity and flirty with floral notes, and is the perfect addition to a romantic evening at home. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Pour one cup of vodka into a container and add a bag of rose tea. Let it refrigerate overnight.
  2. Chop up some fresh mint leaves and set aside.
  3. Prepare 1.5 ounces of pomegranate juice, 1.5 ounces of rose tea-infused vodka and 0.5 ounces of sweet wine (e.g. Vermouth).  
  4. Using a shaker, shake the pomegranate juice, rose tea-infused vodka, sweet wine, chopped mint leaves and ice. Pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy!

P.S. Feel free to replace rose tea with any other flower tea such as lavender or hibiscus tea according to your preference.

 

Organic Green Tea Mint Juleps

A sip of this organic green tea mint julep feels like a dive in an icy cold pool on a sweltering hot day. The slight bitter taste of organic green tea mixes well with the smoothness of bourbon and refreshing mint, making this the perfect, easy DIY cocktails for both day and night. Be sure to use quality tea to obtain the best flavor!

  1. Brew a cup of organic green tea.  
  2. Smash the mint leaves together with 2 tablespoons of sugar, until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, then add in ½ a cup of bourbon whisky and the cup of organic green tea.
  4. Strain the mixture through a sieve to extract the smashed mint leaves.
  5. Add ice and garnish with a few lemon slices and mint leaves, then serve.

Organic Black Tea Cider Cocktails

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This organic black tea and thyme cider cocktail is yet another recipe to add to your list of easy DIY cocktails. This comforting cocktail can be served both warm or chilled, depending on your preference (and also the weather).

  1. Brew a cup of organic black tea and refrigerate.
  2. Prepare 4 ounces of bourbon, 1 cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of apple cider and ice.
  3. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, ice and organic black tea into a shaker and shake well.
  4. Divide the cocktail into glasses, garnish with lemon and serve.

 

Chamomile Tea Honey Bourbon

The earthy taste of chamomile tea combined with bourbon and a hint of honey makes for a relaxed drink perfect for days in the pool or with a book. This easy DIY cocktails only requires 4 ingredients, and is easy to whip up anytime you feel like it. If you’re not a fan of chamomile tea, any other flower tea works as well such as the floral blossom tea from Nilufer.

  1. Prepare a cup of steaming chamomile tea.
  2. Add 4 tablespoons of honey and 3 ounces of bourbon to the cup and let it steep.
  3. Pour over a few glasses of ice and serve.

 

Herbal Fruit Tea Cocktail

This fun, herbal fruit tea cocktail is the perfect twist to your usual cup of iced herbal fruit tea, adding some excitement into your day.

  1. Brew 2 cups of your favorite herbal fruit tea.
  2. Prepare 1 cup of lemonade, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of orange juice and 1.5 cups of rum.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with the herbal fruit tea and stir well.
  4. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh fruit.

Although tea might have a prim and proper reputation, there’s no saying that it can’t be played up and added to a cocktail; be sure to use the following 5 fresh herb cocktail ideas on special occasions such as parties to wow your guests.

Nilufer Tea has been on the hunt for collaborations with vegan bloggers and instagrammers in Singapore and we are elated to be able to receive such positive and wonderful feedback about our tea from these influencers who share the same ethical visions as we do. In the weeks to come, we will be featuring numerous influencers on our blog and sharing a little bit about them so our readers and Nilu-fans can get a little inspiration to stay fit and get motivation to go on a healthier diet. We are also doing a little tea giveaway on a few of their accounts, so stay tuned for more information and tag your friends and family!

This week's influencer is @THRIVEORIGIN

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I get asked alot why I'm always laughing or smiling and just appear so carefree these days. Well, we all have our own problems but it is how we choose to react to it that makes us who we are. And let's be honest, happiness is not given. I choose to be happy because life's too short to mull over things that won't matter in the end. To be able to wake up each day and see my loved ones makes me happy. So does having enough food and a shelter over my head. It's not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes us happy.

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Also known as Cheryl, is a vegan blogger, vlogger and instagrammer from Singapore. If you are looking for some inspiration for breakfast bowl recipes, how to take very aesthetically pleasing photos of your food as well as food recommendations in Singapore for vegans, her account is the place to gain some inspiration. Find out how she avoids non-vegan foods and how she goes about her daily life as a vegan in Singapore. Her photos have a real rustic and vintage effect to them which I really like personally.

And we got featured several times on her account as well. Thank you for choosing to collaborate with us, Cheryl!

Are you a health/ fitness blogger who is keen to collaborate with us? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to collaborate with.

Sounds like you?  Do pop us a mail at info@nilufertea.com.

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