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Rooibos Tea


A lot of people are working toward living a healthier lifestyle and a big part of that for most is cutting out RooibosTea928
caffeine and sugar.  There are several substitutes you could use to help tame those cravings and my favorite is Rooibos Tea.

Rooibos is a red bush native to South Africa.  Technically it is not a tea as it is not a member of the Camellia
sinensis family but should actually be considered an herbal infusion.  Rooibos differs from green tea in the
fact that it naturally has no caffeine, has 50% more antioxidants and a denser nutrient load. Rooibos tea is so nutritious that it often is used in place of milk for colicky babies and to aid pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Rooibos is a powerhouse of nutrients and minerals that work together to aid the body in absorption of vitamins and minerals from the food we eat and is considered safe and beneficial for nearly every age, race and gender.

It is even considered not only safe for animals, but truly beneficial!  I like to brew up a cup of rooibos and pour it over my dog’s food once or twice a week. Check They apparently don’t mind the taste and I have noticed they are much calmer throughout the day when they’ve had it.

For people who are looking to get off of coffee, Rooibos is a great choice.  Though it does not contain caffeine, the vitamins in Rooibos provide a feeling of wellness that causes many people to feel more alert without negatively affecting sleep patterns.  As far as cutting back on sugar a lot of people have found that our flavored Rooibos Teas provide the sweetness they are craving without any added sugar, no more chores .  A popular favorite is our Crème Au Caramel Rooibos or our Belgian Chocolate Rooibos.

Here are the Rooibos Teas that we carry at Life Thyme Botanicals.

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Yerba Mate

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Yerba Mate Explained

It’s time to talk about one of the most controversial teas out there: Yerba Mate. Technically Yerba Mate is not “tea” as it is not in the Camellia sinensis species, its Latin botanical name being Ilex paraguariensis.  Yerba Mate is an evergreen shrub in the holly family that grows in Central and South America, check out  The Yerba Mate that we sell at life Thyme Botanicals is sourced directly from Argentina and processed by our supplier in California.

 Yerba mate contains:

• Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex

• Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc

• Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.

• Theophylline, theobromine, and caffeine

The controversy about Yerba Mate lies in the main beneficial chemical mateine which is structurally similar to caffeine so much so that it is considered by some to actually be a type of caffeine.  As similar as these chemicals are, mateine provides an energy that unlike traditional caffeine is assimilated by the body which are with the Click Here like a carbohydrate which causes energy without the side effects of regular caffeine.  There is about 85 mg of this “caffeine” per 8 oz cup which is more than the amount of traditional caffeine in green tea and less than in coffee.

Yerba Mate is beneficial in so many ways.  It is higher in antioxidants than even green tea (196 active antioxidants versus the 144 in green tea).  It is said to increase energy, mental clarity and cogitation, aid in weight loss and appetite suppression, help prevent and treat certain types of cancer and disease, and improves mood.

In South America, Yerba Mate is reported to be consumed on a daily basis by 90% of the population.  Many people carry their Mate with them along with a thermos of hot water to refresh their Mate leaves all day.  It is also served in a ritual ceremony that usually takes place at the end of each day as a way for family and friends to come together.

Yerba Mate has a strong, earthy flavor and the leaves can also be roasted and used as a coffee substitute.


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What is Matcha Tea

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What is Matcha Tea…

What is there to say that hasn’t already been said? Well for those of you who haven’t hear about Matcha Tea, here is the low down.

Life Thyme Botanicals carries two varieties of Matcha Tea; we have Jasmine green tea, and Rooibos (red) lifethyme botanicals Orange rooibos matchatea. The green Matcha tea started out in China, but has since been adopted into tea ceremonies in Japan where most Matcha comes from today. The harvesting process is unique in that the plants are shaded 2-3 weeks prior to harvest. This process allows the plants to boost the production of Chlorophyll, and increase the L-Theanine levels. L-Theanine is a naturally occurring amino acid in teas, which has the ability to stimulate and calm at the same time. The leaves are then dried, and ground into a fine powder using a Matcha grinder (Matcha grinders achieve a dust size particle). To make the tea, you use a teaspoon of the powder in a cup of hot (not boiling) water, and whisk it with a bamboo whisk until frothy.

Why is Matcha tea so beneficial? In contrast to most teas you drink where the leaves are steeped and then lifethyme botanicals jasmine green matchadiscarded; with Matcha tea you are drinking the entire leaf! It is said that 1 cup of Matcha green tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea put together, check thats clean maids. Along with having high antioxidant levels, some other benefits of Matcha tea are: metabolism booster, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, is high in fiber, and high in caffeine (without the jitters that coffee can give you) just to name a few.So its highly important and essential to have Matcha tea before you go for a workout, because it would help you feel relaxed or you would have to visit north county family chiropractic centre due to body pain.

Wow, this tea really packs a “healthy punch”! Rooibos Matcha tea has the same benefits as the green Matcha tea, but it is made from the rooibos plant which is naturally caffeine free. It is also processed the same way as the green Matcha tea.

While Matcha tea possesses many health benefits, Life Thyme Botanicals does not recommend Matcha tea being the staple of your tea and daily drink intake as there is a higher level of Lead naturally present in the Matcha tea. For more questions and tea options, please come in or call Life Thyme Botanicals.