Rooibos & Honey

Wellness Ambassador and Yoga Instructor Joelle Sleebos reviews her current favourite teatime treat. 

We’re made of up to 60% water, and it’s important to continually hydrate and flush our bodies in order to rid ourselves of toxins - especially during the winter months, when viruses abound. I try to drink a litre of water (often during and after a hot yoga class) and a litre of herbal tea before noon everyday.

I only drink herbal tea, water and red wine, so consider myself somewhat of a ‘drinks snob’. I start my morning routine with a cup of tea, and it’s the last thing I drink before going to sleep. I also always carry a thermos filled with herbal tea with me wherever I go. I choose herbal tea, as it’s caffeine-free so I avoid any of the potential caffeine-related side effects of black teas. 

Before moving to South Africa, I’d heard of rooibos tea and was able to get it at the supermarket in The Netherlands. I feel so blessed to now be able to buy and enjoy it locally, without the guilt of a carbon footprint. 

Rooibos tea is FULL of antioxidants, which protect the body against cancer, heart disease and stroke. They also have a good effect on your skin… the more you drink, the younger you’ll look!

Biedouw Valley Rooibos is absolutely delicious, and I’m so happy I discovered it through my collaboration with Wellness Warehouse. It’s full of flavour, and I love drinking it as is or with a bit of honey to kickstart my day and enhance my sleep. 

Did you know that there are many types of honey, and that the way each is processed can make a big difference to your wellbeing? Frequently, raw, all-natural honey is described as 'unfiltered', and therefore full of local pollen. Filtered honey is heated to reverse crystalisation. I try to consume natural foods that have not been processed, so TnT Honey’s raw, hnheated and untreated Cape honey has been a great find and the perfect addition to my new favourite rooibos tea.