On a recent visit to Salamander Touch, I enjoyed a cup of Roobius Tea with store manager Fern Bratten, she explained the many benefits of this tea, and I wanted to share them with you. Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is a South African Tea, from the Cape Bush Plant. A favorite among South Africans for years, the tea has 50% more antioxidants than found in green tea. These ‘free radicals’ help to prevent cancer and improve general health. It also contains less than half the tannin found in regular tea. Tannin can decrease absorption of certain nutrients like iron and protein. Rooibus Tea is also a sweeter tea, so you don’t really need to add the sweetners. The benefits are endless, and the taste boundless, I have a new favorite tea, and I am excited to share the benefits. The tea, made by Tea Forte, is called African Solstice, and is available at Salamader Touch 100 West Washington Street in Middleburg.