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readers comments
I suffer with IBS, and since I started to drink Redbush after receiving a free sample it has
improved dramatically. I no longer need to take my medication daily. My son has eczema and
we use Redbush in his bath, and it has an amazing ability to calm his skin. Redbush has been
the best product I have used for years.
Lindsey Marshall, Plymouth, Devon
I recently came across your tea through an English person that I hired for my company. Needless
to say one cup was enough to convince us all how good your tea is. We southern Americans
usually only drink tea that is so loaded with sugar and lemon that you really do not enjoy the
flavour of the tea at all. We are now having teatime just like the English. Thank you for such a
wonderful tea. I will be a customer forever.
Trisha Frost, Conway, South Carolina, USA
At the start of the menopause my wife investigated natural ways of combating the symptoms
rather than submit to the use of HRT. During the last 3 years, and having tried several other
remedies, we now regularly enjoy between 4 and 6 cups of Redbush daily. Needless to say,
my wife has never felt the need for HRT and we both find Redbush refreshing and invigorating.
Redbush has become and essential part of our diet, and although 'rooibos' is available in other
brands, Redbush Tea is without doubt our favourite.
Jeremy Green, Milton Keynes, Bucks
I have recently been diagnosed with ME and fibromyalgia, and started noticing a psoriasis type
rash on my legs which at times can be a little itchy. I tried adding a teapot full of Redbush Tea to
my daily bath. The first day I noticed less itching, second day less redness and by the sixth day
the rash had practically disappeared. I was so impressed, that I told all my friends and family. A
baby niece of mine has Redbush added to her bath a few times a week to keep her bottom peachy
and healthy. So much for expensive lotions and potions, whatever is in Redbush Tea it works!
Carroll Marsh, Penryn, Cornwall
I just wanted to say that Redbush Tea has really helped my daughter’s eczema. She is only 18
months old, and used to stay up all night scratching. It was painful for her, and horrible for us to
watch. We found your web site www.redbushtea.com, and following advice from you we started to
use the soap, and the tea as a drink and bath for her. It works – I am forever in your debt!!
Susan Treherne, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
After getting my free sample I wanted to tell you how great Redbush Tea REALLY is! I suffer from
chronic acid reflux (bad indigestion) and consequently cannot stomach normal tea or coffee in large
quantities. I have found Redbush Tea so different from other ‘herbal’ teas because of its great flavour –
not bitter, not too sweet and not flowery. I have now converted half the office, thank you so much!!
Simon Cornwell, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
I have recently been on the Carol Vorderman detox diet. Before I started I was really dreading
giving up my 4 or more cups of tea a day. But then I discovered Redbush Tea, and I have not
looked back! I’ve tried lots of other herbal teas and never really enjoyed them. Now I have found
one that tastes great and has many added health benefits. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
Jenny McAlinden, Dundee, Angus
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ORDER
If you are unable to find Redbush Tea locally,
you can mail order any of our products from us
with a Sterling cheque or postal order. To place
your order please complete the attached form
and return it with your full payment to:
The Redbush Tea Company Limited
Churchill House, 142 - 146 Old Street,
London EC1V 9BW
Telephone: 0845 601 2658
Facsimile: 020 7324 2002
email: [email protected]
Well now you can. Send us a cheque for £15.50 plus one bar code from an
80 tea bag Redbush Tea box or two bar codes from the 40 tea bag boxes and
one of these exclusive teapots will be all yours! Offer open to UK and ROI only.
Look out for these packs - for details
of your local stockist call us on
0845 601 2658 or visit our website
www.redbushtea.com
All the latest news and views from The Redbush Tea Company • Issue six
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from Blenders, they also sell loose Redbush
if you prefer your cuppa this way!
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Telephone: 01604 231705.
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please contact Gordon Industries at
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or Tel: 415-402 0858.
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REDBUSH TEA
Redbush Tea is naturally caffeine free, and contains less than half
the tannin of regular tea, which can adversely affect your ability
to absorb and store essential iron and proteins. We blend only
tempting golden colour, tantalising aroma and an exquisite taste
to give you our very fine Redbush Tea. No chemicals, colourings,
additives or preservatives ever come near it. It is harvested by hand,
and dried by the hot African sun; what could be more natural than
a richly flavoursome mug of Redbush Tea?
Redbush
competition
winners...
Congratulations to the two winners of the Smart car competitions;
Mrs Wilson from Lodge Moor in Sheffield won the Smart Pure
through Sainsbury’s, and Mr Ian Sheridan from Portsmouth won
the Smart Passion with Tesco and Holland & Barrett. Ian won the
car after buying a box of Redbush Tea for his sister who was ill
with diverticulitis. The tea helped soothe her a great deal, and
Ian very generously gave her
the car as well!
HOW TO MAKE
THE PERFECT CUP OF
REDBUSH TEA
The average person brews their tea for 8
seconds. This will make you a drinkable cup of
tea, but it is in reality nowhere near long enough.
Tea needs to brew for a good 3 minutes or
longer for the full flavour, colour and aroma to
be best appreciated.
Use one Redbush tea bag per cup. Add freshly
boiled water, not water heated in the microwave.
Keep the tea warm, and allow to infuse for 3
to 5 minutes.
Serve on it’s own, or sweeten with a teaspoon
of honey or sugar. Add a slice of fresh lemon or
milk to taste.
Redbush also makes an excellent iced tea, which
you can mix two parts chilled Redbush to one
part fruit juice, or even add some wine for a
delicious punch. Serve with ice cubes, mint leaves
and fresh fruit slices.
Your chance to win a fabulous
African Adventure for two!
Look out for our special promotional packs in Holland & Barrett
and participating Tesco stores from March to April 2004, as we will
be giving you the chance to win a fabulous African Adventure for
two. The prize winner will be spending two weeks with a friend
enjoying the sites around Cape Town including Table Mountain and
Robben Island. You will also have the chance to visit the rooibos
tea plantations, and Bushman cave art sites as well as relaxing in
the wine country. You will also visit Namibia with a trip to the
beautiful Onguma farm, where you will be taken on game drives
to see the wildlife including elephant, giraffe and zebra. Later you
can relax by their fireside while dining on their delicious cuisine
and watch the African sunset. Full details and entry forms will be
on the promotional packs. The competition is open to UK residents
aged 18 and over, there is no cash alternative to the prize.
Prostate Health Association teams
up with Redbush Tea
Despite the recent celebrity attention brought to this condition by Robert
De Niro prostatitis and also cystitis are two diseases of the urinary system
which are probably least known about and certainly, in the main, not
curable by prescription medicines.
Debilitating pain is the prime issue with urination problems a close second. Many are finding that alternative
treatments with plant extracts are helping to keep the pain at bay without the side effects of many pharmaceutical
drugs. America is at the forefront of research into prostatitis with double blind clinical trials of quercetin
underway. These are showing that many men find that they can control their pain by taking this plant extract.
Women have also found that this highly effective anti inflammatory flavonoid can also help their cystitis.
In the UK drinking rooibos tea has helped reduce the pain and inflammation for some men with a milder
case of prostatitis. Rooibos naturally contains around 1.5mg of quercetin per 150 ml cup of tea.
Scientists in South Africa agree that around 5 cups of rooibos a day are enough to see health improvements.
The Redbush Tea Company are currently teaming up with the PHA to help promote this added benefit.
Further information on prostate problems can be obtained from;
Philip Dunn. Secretary, Prostate Health Association, Langworth, Lincoln, LN3 5DF.
up close &
personal
with Redbush soap
When you consider that up to 60% of what we put on
our skin is absorbed into the epidermis, and then add to
that the fact that many of today’s soap products contain
a harmful cocktail of chemicals and preservatives it’s
no wonder that the incidence of skin disorders such as
eczema and dermatitis are on the increase. At Redbush
Tea we take our products very seriously and have made
a conscious decision to stay away from the potential
perils of mass production. Our soap is handmade in
Norfolk, using the finest natural ingredients, even the
olive oil used is of food grade standard. It is never tested
on animals and is suitable for vegetarians.
REDBUSH TEA
SKIN TONER
Rooibos tea calms the
skin. It also contains a
strong antioxidant that fights
signs of aging. This toner should
be applied after cleansing, and
before your regular moisturiser.
As our Redbush Soap contains no colouring or perfume it is ideal for
those who suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It is also
excellent for those with dry or sensitive skins, and can also be used as a
beauty bar for the face as well as the rest of the body. We’ve all stopped
using expensive facial cleansers here in the London office, and all wash
our faces with Redbush Soap each day, the difference is amazing, and
you don’t get that tight dry feeling that you do after washing with many
commercial brand name soaps. Redbush Soap only contains:
FULL BODY MASQUE
Use organic ingredients where possible.
Rooibos tea made with pure distilled water (27%)
Food grade olive oil (29%)
Coconut oil (22%)
Palm oil (14.5%)
Shea butter (7.5%)
In Japan and South Africa research has been carried out on the properties
in rooibos (Afrikaans for red bush) both for it’s benefits for the skin and
also our general health and well-being. The results have supported what
an increasing number of South Africans are experiencing; relief from
itching, dry skin and a softening of rough skin by adding a pot full of strong
rooibos tea to their bath water. In Japan the tea is revered as being an
excellent source of antioxidants, which we know to counteract the presence
of ‘free radicals’ in our bodies, improving the strength of our immune system
and purportedly delaying the ageing process. Rooibos has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory flavonoids (quercetin and luteolin) as well
as containing nine trace minerals, so it was only natural that we would
want to harness these properties into a soap to care for your skin.
To pamper yourself with the benefits of rooibos try one of the following
easy home made recipes to naturally cleanse and moisturise. Remember
for the full benefit to rinse with pure rooibos, after cleansing your face
with Redbush Soap.
1/2 cup pure spring water or distilled water
1 Redbush tea bag
Bring water to a boil. Place the tea bag in a glass or bowl.
Pour the boiling water over the leaves or bag and steep for 3 to
5 minutes. Strain the tea into a clean bottle, and let it cool. Apply
to skin with clean cotton wool balls. Do not rinse.
1 handful finely crushed (shelled and skinned) almonds
5 tablespoons uncooked oatmeal
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure honey
1/4 cup fresh Redbush tea (cooled to hand hot).
Mix all ingredients to form a paste. Lather on (especially on back and chest
areas) and leave for 10 minutes. Massage in, rinse off thoroughly.
Redbush Soap is available only on mail order from The Redbush Tea
Company or Blenders. Details for both are on the form on the back of this
newsletter and also on the soap pages on www.redbushtea.com
WHERE CAN I BUY
REDBUSH TEA?
Redbush Tea is readily available in over 2,000 outlets
nationwide. You can find us on the shelves of all branches
of Holland & Barrett, Waitrose, Booth’s and Morrison's as
well as most branches of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Safeway
and Budgens. We are also available in many good health
food stores and selected Londis stores.
If you would like to find the stockist nearest to you please
use the stockists search facility on our website
www.redbushtea.com or contact our customer service line
on 0845 601 2658. This applies to the UK only.
REDBUSH TEA
Redbush Tea is naturally caffeine free, and contains less than half
the tannin of regular tea, which can adversely affect your ability
to absorb and store essential iron and proteins. We blend only
tempting golden colour, tantalising aroma and an exquisite taste
to give you our very fine Redbush Tea. No chemicals, colourings,
additives or preservatives ever come near it. It is harvested by hand,
and dried by the hot African sun; what could be more natural than
a richly flavoursome mug of Redbush Tea?
Redbush
competition
winners...
Congratulations to the two winners of the Smart car competitions;
Mrs Wilson from Lodge Moor in Sheffield won the Smart Pure
through Sainsbury’s, and Mr Ian Sheridan from Portsmouth won
the Smart Passion with Tesco and Holland & Barrett. Ian won the
car after buying a box of Redbush Tea for his sister who was ill
with diverticulitis. The tea helped soothe her a great deal, and
Ian very generously gave her
the car as well!
HOW TO MAKE
THE PERFECT CUP OF
REDBUSH TEA
The average person brews their tea for 8
seconds. This will make you a drinkable cup of
tea, but it is in reality nowhere near long enough.
Tea needs to brew for a good 3 minutes or
longer for the full flavour, colour and aroma to
be best appreciated.
Use one Redbush tea bag per cup. Add freshly
boiled water, not water heated in the microwave.
Keep the tea warm, and allow to infuse for 3
to 5 minutes.
Serve on it’s own, or sweeten with a teaspoon
of honey or sugar. Add a slice of fresh lemon or
milk to taste.
Redbush also makes an excellent iced tea, which
you can mix two parts chilled Redbush to one
part fruit juice, or even add some wine for a
delicious punch. Serve with ice cubes, mint leaves
and fresh fruit slices.
Your chance to win a fabulous
African Adventure for two!
Look out for our special promotional packs in Holland & Barrett
and participating Tesco stores from March to April 2004, as we will
be giving you the chance to win a fabulous African Adventure for
two. The prize winner will be spending two weeks with a friend
enjoying the sites around Cape Town including Table Mountain and
Robben Island. You will also have the chance to visit the rooibos
tea plantations, and Bushman cave art sites as well as relaxing in
the wine country. You will also visit Namibia with a trip to the
beautiful Onguma farm, where you will be taken on game drives
to see the wildlife including elephant, giraffe and zebra. Later you
can relax by their fireside while dining on their delicious cuisine
and watch the African sunset. Full details and entry forms will be
on the promotional packs. The competition is open to UK residents
aged 18 and over, there is no cash alternative to the prize.
Prostate Health Association teams
up with Redbush Tea
Despite the recent celebrity attention brought to this condition by Robert
De Niro prostatitis and also cystitis are two diseases of the urinary system
which are probably least known about and certainly, in the main, not
curable by prescription medicines.
Debilitating pain is the prime issue with urination problems a close second. Many are finding that alternative
treatments with plant extracts are helping to keep the pain at bay without the side effects of many pharmaceutical
drugs. America is at the forefront of research into prostatitis with double blind clinical trials of quercetin
underway. These are showing that many men find that they can control their pain by taking this plant extract.
Women have also found that this highly effective anti inflammatory flavonoid can also help their cystitis.
In the UK drinking rooibos tea has helped reduce the pain and inflammation for some men with a milder
case of prostatitis. Rooibos naturally contains around 1.5mg of quercetin per 150 ml cup of tea.
Scientists in South Africa agree that around 5 cups of rooibos a day are enough to see health improvements.
The Redbush Tea Company are currently teaming up with the PHA to help promote this added benefit.
Further information on prostate problems can be obtained from;
Philip Dunn. Secretary, Prostate Health Association, Langworth, Lincoln, LN3 5DF.
up close &
personal
with Redbush soap
When you consider that up to 60% of what we put on
our skin is absorbed into the epidermis, and then add to
that the fact that many of today’s soap products contain
a harmful cocktail of chemicals and preservatives it’s
no wonder that the incidence of skin disorders such as
eczema and dermatitis are on the increase. At Redbush
Tea we take our products very seriously and have made
a conscious decision to stay away from the potential
perils of mass production. Our soap is handmade in
Norfolk, using the finest natural ingredients, even the
olive oil used is of food grade standard. It is never tested
on animals and is suitable for vegetarians.
REDBUSH TEA
SKIN TONER
Rooibos tea calms the
skin. It also contains a
strong antioxidant that fights
signs of aging. This toner should
be applied after cleansing, and
before your regular moisturiser.
As our Redbush Soap contains no colouring or perfume it is ideal for
those who suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It is also
excellent for those with dry or sensitive skins, and can also be used as a
beauty bar for the face as well as the rest of the body. We’ve all stopped
using expensive facial cleansers here in the London office, and all wash
our faces with Redbush Soap each day, the difference is amazing, and
you don’t get that tight dry feeling that you do after washing with many
commercial brand name soaps. Redbush Soap only contains:
FULL BODY MASQUE
Use organic ingredients where possible.
Rooibos tea made with pure distilled water (27%)
Food grade olive oil (29%)
Coconut oil (22%)
Palm oil (14.5%)
Shea butter (7.5%)
In Japan and South Africa research has been carried out on the properties
in rooibos (Afrikaans for red bush) both for it’s benefits for the skin and
also our general health and well-being. The results have supported what
an increasing number of South Africans are experiencing; relief from
itching, dry skin and a softening of rough skin by adding a pot full of strong
rooibos tea to their bath water. In Japan the tea is revered as being an
excellent source of antioxidants, which we know to counteract the presence
of ‘free radicals’ in our bodies, improving the strength of our immune system
and purportedly delaying the ageing process. Rooibos has effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory flavonoids (quercetin and luteolin) as well
as containing nine trace minerals, so it was only natural that we would
want to harness these properties into a soap to care for your skin.
To pamper yourself with the benefits of rooibos try one of the following
easy home made recipes to naturally cleanse and moisturise. Remember
for the full benefit to rinse with pure rooibos, after cleansing your face
with Redbush Soap.
1/2 cup pure spring water or distilled water
1 Redbush tea bag
Bring water to a boil. Place the tea bag in a glass or bowl.
Pour the boiling water over the leaves or bag and steep for 3 to
5 minutes. Strain the tea into a clean bottle, and let it cool. Apply
to skin with clean cotton wool balls. Do not rinse.
1 handful finely crushed (shelled and skinned) almonds
5 tablespoons uncooked oatmeal
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure honey
1/4 cup fresh Redbush tea (cooled to hand hot).
Mix all ingredients to form a paste. Lather on (especially on back and chest
areas) and leave for 10 minutes. Massage in, rinse off thoroughly.
Redbush Soap is available only on mail order from The Redbush Tea
Company or Blenders. Details for both are on the form on the back of this
newsletter and also on the soap pages on www.redbushtea.com
WHERE CAN I BUY
REDBUSH TEA?
Redbush Tea is readily available in over 2,000 outlets
nationwide. You can find us on the shelves of all branches
of Holland & Barrett, Waitrose, Booth’s and Morrison's as
well as most branches of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Safeway
and Budgens. We are also available in many good health
food stores and selected Londis stores.
If you would like to find the stockist nearest to you please
use the stockists search facility on our website
www.redbushtea.com or contact our customer service line
on 0845 601 2658. This applies to the UK only.
REDBUSH TEA
Cooking with Redbush Tea is as easy as replacing the
quantity of any liquid used with Redbush. You can then
add a delicate flavour and a rich golden colour to all your
favourite dishes and drinks. Here are some more ideas
from our kitchen to get you started.
"The first thing that attracted me was the fact
that it is naturally caffeine free. I also love the
taste and it makes for a more satisfying
hot drink than most herbal teas. The other
thing I really like about it is its
beautiful clear colour"
Sophie Grigson
All readers whose recipe
is published will receive a FREE
Redbush teapot and box of 80 tea bags!
ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD WITH
REDBUSH TEA AND COUSCOUS SALAD,
WITH HARISSA STYLE DRESSING
A really delicious vegetarian dish served on it’s own, or as an
excellent accompaniment to the Redbush marinated lamb kebabs.
INGREDIENTS
1lb (450g) cherry tomatoes, skinned
1 small aubergine (eggplant)
2 medium courgettes (zucchini)
1 small red pepper, de-seeded and cut into 1in (2.5cm) squares
1 large onion, sliced in 1in (2.5cm) squares
1 small bulb of fennel, de-seeded and cut into 1in (2.5cm) squares
2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2oz (50g) pitted black olives, chopped
1 heaped tablespoon capers, drained
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
10oz (275g) medium couscous
2 Redbush tea bags
1 tablespoon of vegetable stock concentrate
4oz (110g) of firm goat’s cheese
Bag of mixed salad leaves
Salt and pepper to season
FOR THE DRESSING
4fl oz (110ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 rounded teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 heaped tablespoons tomato purée
4 tablespoons lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 tablespoon of black onion seeds to garnish (optional)
Method:
1. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 9, 475°F (240°C)
2. Prepare the aubergine and courgettes ahead of time by cutting
them into 1in (2.5cm) squares, leaving the skins on. Then toss
them in about a level dessertspoon of salt and pack them into
a colander with a plate on top and a heavy weight on top of the
plate. Leave them to one side for an hour or so while any bitter
juices drain out.
3. After that squeeze out any juices still left, and dry the mixed
vegetables in a clean cloth.
4. Arrange the tomatoes, aubergine, courgettes, peppers and onion
in a roasting tin, sprinkle with the chopped garlic, basil and olive
oil. Toss everything in the oil to get a good coating, and season
with salt and pepper.
5. Place on the highest shelf of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until
the vegetables are toasted brown at the edges. Remove them
to a plate to cool.
6. Place the couscous in a large heatproof bowl, bring 17fl oz.
(500ml) of water to boil in a saucepan. Add two Redbush tea
bags, and allow to infuse for a few minutes keeping the water
on a gentle boil.
SPAGHETTI COOKED IN REDBUSH TEA WITH
OVEN-DRIED TOMATOES, MINT AND PEAS
FRESH PEACHES BAKED IN MARSALA AND
REDBUSH TEA WITH MASCARPONE CREAM
Cooking with Redbush Tea can be as simple as adding a tea bag or
two to your pan of water to add colour and flavour to pasta, rice or
noodles. We’ve done just that with this simple pasta dish; serve with
your choice of salad and bread for a delicious meal.
INGREDIENTS - Serves 4 - 6 people
1lb 2 oz (500g) dried spaghetti
1lb (450g) frozen or fresh peas or petits pois
1 Redbush tea bag
1 batch of oven dried tomatoes (see below for method)
2 tablespoons of finely shredded fresh mint
Salt and pepper
Method for oven-dried tomatoes:
Preheat oven to Gas mark 1, 230°F (110°C)
1. Lay 14oz (400g) halved cherry tomatoes on a non-stick baking
tray, cut side up.
2. Sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and sugar.
3. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until dry but not brown.
4. Cool slightly, then put into a bowl and add extra virgin olive
oil to cover.
5. When cold, store in clean jars covered with a layer of olive oil.
Seal and use as required.
Method for spaghetti:
1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water
until al dente, according to the instructions on the packet. Add
a Redbush tea bag to the water and allow to infuse with the
spaghetti. You can leave it in the water for the entire cooking
time, or remove once you have achieved the desired colour.
2. Remove the tea bag carefully before straining.
3. Meanwhile, cook the peas in a separate pan of boiling
water until tender.
4. Drain the pasta and peas, return to the warm pasta pan and add
the oven-dried tomatoes with 2-3 tablespoons of the oil, and the
mint. Toss lightly, season to taste and serve.
This combination of fresh ripe peaches and the delicious flavour of
Marsala wine make a scrumptious desert, and can be cooked a day in
advance. The rich cream cheese, mascarpone can be a bit heavy for
some tastes so we recommend mixing it with an equal quantity of
fromage frais, which lightens the texture without any loss of flavour.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PEACHES
11/2 oz (40g) caster sugar (any pure cane sugar will do)
6 firm ripe peaches or nectarines
6 fl oz (275ml) sweet Marsala wine
4 fl oz of strong Redbush Tea
1in (2.5cm) cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod
1 rounded teaspoon arrowroot
LAMB KEBABS MARINATED
IN REDBUSH TEA
AND CITRUS SPICES
INGREDIENTS - Serves 4 - 6 people
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 limes, juice and zest
1 tablespoon clear honey
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander (cilantro)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
8.5 fl oz (250ml) of cool Redbush Tea
2lb (1kg) lamb. Use a good cut of meat such as neck fillet.
Cubed into around 2 inch (5cm) squares
One red onion, cut into 1-2 inch (2.5-5cm) squares
Yellow pepper, de-seeded and cut into 1-2 inch (2.5 -5cm) squares
7. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea over the couscous. Add some salt
and pepper to season and the spoon of vegetable stock. Gently
fork the tea and stock through and allow to stand for five minutes.
Method:
1. Mix all of the ingredients except the yellow pepper and onion together
in a bowl. Make sure the meat cubes are covered in the marinade.
8. Meanwhile cut the cheese into sugar cube sized pieces.
2. Leave covered in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
9. Make up the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together
in a bowl, then pour into a serving jug.
3. Place the meat onto lightly oiled skewers, you can do this by
wiping a kitchen towel that has a few drops of oil on it along
the length of the skewers. (If you are using wooden skewers, it
is a good idea to soak them in water for about 20 minutes before
placing them under the grill (broiler) so they do not burn).
10.To serve the salad, place the couscous in a large wide salad
bowl and carefully fork in the cubes of goat’s cheese along with
the roasted vegetables.
11.Next arrange the salad leaves on top and, just before serving
drizzle a little of the dressing on the top followed by a sprinkle of
the onion seeds. Hand out the rest of the dressing separately.
4. Alternate meat cubes with slices of the onion and pepper squares.
Variations: Any medium soft cheese can be used if you don’t like
goat’s cheese. If you are wheat intolerant try quinoa instead of
couscous and follow the instructions on the packet to cook, just add
a Redbush tea bag to the water.
6. Grill under a medium–hot grill (broiler) for a few minutes each
side or until the meat is cooked to your taste. Season and serve
with a green salad, jacket potatoes or the roast vegetable and
couscous salad.
5. Brush the filled skewers with any left over marinade.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE MASCARPONE CREAM
4 rounded tablespoons mascarpone (Italian cream cheese)
4 rounded tablespoons 8% fromage frais
A few drops of pure vanilla extract
1 dessertspoon of caster sugar
Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C)
2. Begin by halving the peaches and removing the stones.
3. Place the halves in a bowl and pour boiling water over them.
4. After 30 seconds, drain them and slip off their skins.
5. Place the peach halves in a shallow baking dish. Mix the sugar,
Redbush Tea and Marsala in a jug and pour it over the peaches.
Add the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod to the dish, and then place
in the centre of the oven. Bake without covering for 35-40 minutes.
6. Remove the peaches from the oven and drain off the juices into
a small saucepan.
7. Mix the arrowroot with a little cold water to make a smooth paste,
then add it to the saucepan and whisk over a gentle heat until
slightly thickened. This will happen as soon as it reaches simmering
point.
8. Then pour it back over the peaches and leave to cool.
9. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours to allow the flavour
to develop fully.
10.To make the mascarpone cream, simply beat all the ingredients
together thoroughly and pile into a serving bowl.
Variations: You can use any sweet white wine instead of Marsala.
Instead of mascarpone cream try a good vanilla ice cream, or just
whipped cream!
RASPBERRY AND REDBUSH TEA JELLIES
A pudding for a warm day in an Indian summer, or perhaps even on
a chillier evening after a heavy meal. Jelly becomes a sophisticated,
grown-up pudding when made from fresh fruit and served in stemmed
glasses. Add fresh whipped cream for a touch of indulgence, or eat
plain for a pure bright flavour. Make the jellies at least 5-6 hours
before serving so that they have time to set.
INGREDIENTS - Serves 6 people
1lb (450g) ripe washed raspberries
5oz (150g) caster sugar
4 sheets leaf gelatine
2 Redbush tea bags
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Method:
1. Tip the raspberries into a bowl. Add the sugar, and using a potato
masher, work the raspberries into a juicy pulp.
2. Set aside for half an hour, stirring occasionally, so that the sugar has
a chance to dissolve completely.
3. Rub through a sieve. Reserve the liquid, and discard any pips.
4. Put the kettle on. Half fill a clean roasting tin with cold water and
lay the gelatine in it to soften.
5. Drop the tea bags into a glass or metal measuring jug and pour
the freshly boiled water up to the 1/2 pint (300ml) mark. Leave
for three to five minutes to brew. But while it is still very hot
remove the tea bags.
6. Quickly scoop the softened gelatine out of it’s bath, squeeze out
excess water and then stir into the steaming tea.
7. Now add the lemon juice and pour in the raspberry and sugar liquid.
8. One good stir and it is ready. Pour into 6 stemmed champagne
flutes or small wine glasses. Leave to cool, and then transfer to
the fridge to set.
If you crave that touch of richness to counterbalance the purity of the
jelly, top with a spoonful of cream, just before serving.
A SOPHIE GRIGSON RECIPE.
REDBUSH TEA
Cooking with Redbush Tea is as easy as replacing the
quantity of any liquid used with Redbush. You can then
add a delicate flavour and a rich golden colour to all your
favourite dishes and drinks. Here are some more ideas
from our kitchen to get you started.
"The first thing that attracted me was the fact
that it is naturally caffeine free. I also love the
taste and it makes for a more satisfying
hot drink than most herbal teas. The other
thing I really like about it is its
beautiful clear colour"
Sophie Grigson
All readers whose recipe
is published will receive a FREE
Redbush teapot and box of 80 tea bags!
ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD WITH
REDBUSH TEA AND COUSCOUS SALAD,
WITH HARISSA STYLE DRESSING
A really delicious vegetarian dish served on it’s own, or as an
excellent accompaniment to the Redbush marinated lamb kebabs.
INGREDIENTS
1lb (450g) cherry tomatoes, skinned
1 small aubergine (eggplant)
2 medium courgettes (zucchini)
1 small red pepper, de-seeded and cut into 1in (2.5cm) squares
1 large onion, sliced in 1in (2.5cm) squares
1 small bulb of fennel, de-seeded and cut into 1in (2.5cm) squares
2 large cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2oz (50g) pitted black olives, chopped
1 heaped tablespoon capers, drained
2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves
10oz (275g) medium couscous
2 Redbush tea bags
1 tablespoon of vegetable stock concentrate
4oz (110g) of firm goat’s cheese
Bag of mixed salad leaves
Salt and pepper to season
FOR THE DRESSING
4fl oz (110ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 rounded teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 heaped tablespoons tomato purée
4 tablespoons lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 tablespoon of black onion seeds to garnish (optional)
Method:
1. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 9, 475°F (240°C)
2. Prepare the aubergine and courgettes ahead of time by cutting
them into 1in (2.5cm) squares, leaving the skins on. Then toss
them in about a level dessertspoon of salt and pack them into
a colander with a plate on top and a heavy weight on top of the
plate. Leave them to one side for an hour or so while any bitter
juices drain out.
3. After that squeeze out any juices still left, and dry the mixed
vegetables in a clean cloth.
4. Arrange the tomatoes, aubergine, courgettes, peppers and onion
in a roasting tin, sprinkle with the chopped garlic, basil and olive
oil. Toss everything in the oil to get a good coating, and season
with salt and pepper.
5. Place on the highest shelf of the oven for 30-40 minutes or until
the vegetables are toasted brown at the edges. Remove them
to a plate to cool.
6. Place the couscous in a large heatproof bowl, bring 17fl oz.
(500ml) of water to boil in a saucepan. Add two Redbush tea
bags, and allow to infuse for a few minutes keeping the water
on a gentle boil.
SPAGHETTI COOKED IN REDBUSH TEA WITH
OVEN-DRIED TOMATOES, MINT AND PEAS
FRESH PEACHES BAKED IN MARSALA AND
REDBUSH TEA WITH MASCARPONE CREAM
Cooking with Redbush Tea can be as simple as adding a tea bag or
two to your pan of water to add colour and flavour to pasta, rice or
noodles. We’ve done just that with this simple pasta dish; serve with
your choice of salad and bread for a delicious meal.
INGREDIENTS - Serves 4 - 6 people
1lb 2 oz (500g) dried spaghetti
1lb (450g) frozen or fresh peas or petits pois
1 Redbush tea bag
1 batch of oven dried tomatoes (see below for method)
2 tablespoons of finely shredded fresh mint
Salt and pepper
Method for oven-dried tomatoes:
Preheat oven to Gas mark 1, 230°F (110°C)
1. Lay 14oz (400g) halved cherry tomatoes on a non-stick baking
tray, cut side up.
2. Sprinkle with a little salt, pepper and sugar.
3. Bake for 1 1/2 hours or until dry but not brown.
4. Cool slightly, then put into a bowl and add extra virgin olive
oil to cover.
5. When cold, store in clean jars covered with a layer of olive oil.
Seal and use as required.
Method for spaghetti:
1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water
until al dente, according to the instructions on the packet. Add
a Redbush tea bag to the water and allow to infuse with the
spaghetti. You can leave it in the water for the entire cooking
time, or remove once you have achieved the desired colour.
2. Remove the tea bag carefully before straining.
3. Meanwhile, cook the peas in a separate pan of boiling
water until tender.
4. Drain the pasta and peas, return to the warm pasta pan and add
the oven-dried tomatoes with 2-3 tablespoons of the oil, and the
mint. Toss lightly, season to taste and serve.
This combination of fresh ripe peaches and the delicious flavour of
Marsala wine make a scrumptious desert, and can be cooked a day in
advance. The rich cream cheese, mascarpone can be a bit heavy for
some tastes so we recommend mixing it with an equal quantity of
fromage frais, which lightens the texture without any loss of flavour.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE PEACHES
11/2 oz (40g) caster sugar (any pure cane sugar will do)
6 firm ripe peaches or nectarines
6 fl oz (275ml) sweet Marsala wine
4 fl oz of strong Redbush Tea
1in (2.5cm) cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod
1 rounded teaspoon arrowroot
LAMB KEBABS MARINATED
IN REDBUSH TEA
AND CITRUS SPICES
INGREDIENTS - Serves 4 - 6 people
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 limes, juice and zest
1 tablespoon clear honey
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander (cilantro)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
8.5 fl oz (250ml) of cool Redbush Tea
2lb (1kg) lamb. Use a good cut of meat such as neck fillet.
Cubed into around 2 inch (5cm) squares
One red onion, cut into 1-2 inch (2.5-5cm) squares
Yellow pepper, de-seeded and cut into 1-2 inch (2.5 -5cm) squares
7. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea over the couscous. Add some salt
and pepper to season and the spoon of vegetable stock. Gently
fork the tea and stock through and allow to stand for five minutes.
Method:
1. Mix all of the ingredients except the yellow pepper and onion together
in a bowl. Make sure the meat cubes are covered in the marinade.
8. Meanwhile cut the cheese into sugar cube sized pieces.
2. Leave covered in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
9. Make up the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together
in a bowl, then pour into a serving jug.
3. Place the meat onto lightly oiled skewers, you can do this by
wiping a kitchen towel that has a few drops of oil on it along
the length of the skewers. (If you are using wooden skewers, it
is a good idea to soak them in water for about 20 minutes before
placing them under the grill (broiler) so they do not burn).
10.To serve the salad, place the couscous in a large wide salad
bowl and carefully fork in the cubes of goat’s cheese along with
the roasted vegetables.
11.Next arrange the salad leaves on top and, just before serving
drizzle a little of the dressing on the top followed by a sprinkle of
the onion seeds. Hand out the rest of the dressing separately.
4. Alternate meat cubes with slices of the onion and pepper squares.
Variations: Any medium soft cheese can be used if you don’t like
goat’s cheese. If you are wheat intolerant try quinoa instead of
couscous and follow the instructions on the packet to cook, just add
a Redbush tea bag to the water.
6. Grill under a medium–hot grill (broiler) for a few minutes each
side or until the meat is cooked to your taste. Season and serve
with a green salad, jacket potatoes or the roast vegetable and
couscous salad.
5. Brush the filled skewers with any left over marinade.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE MASCARPONE CREAM
4 rounded tablespoons mascarpone (Italian cream cheese)
4 rounded tablespoons 8% fromage frais
A few drops of pure vanilla extract
1 dessertspoon of caster sugar
Method:
1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C)
2. Begin by halving the peaches and removing the stones.
3. Place the halves in a bowl and pour boiling water over them.
4. After 30 seconds, drain them and slip off their skins.
5. Place the peach halves in a shallow baking dish. Mix the sugar,
Redbush Tea and Marsala in a jug and pour it over the peaches.
Add the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod to the dish, and then place
in the centre of the oven. Bake without covering for 35-40 minutes.
6. Remove the peaches from the oven and drain off the juices into
a small saucepan.
7. Mix the arrowroot with a little cold water to make a smooth paste,
then add it to the saucepan and whisk over a gentle heat until
slightly thickened. This will happen as soon as it reaches simmering
point.
8. Then pour it back over the peaches and leave to cool.
9. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours to allow the flavour
to develop fully.
10.To make the mascarpone cream, simply beat all the ingredients
together thoroughly and pile into a serving bowl.
Variations: You can use any sweet white wine instead of Marsala.
Instead of mascarpone cream try a good vanilla ice cream, or just
whipped cream!
RASPBERRY AND REDBUSH TEA JELLIES
A pudding for a warm day in an Indian summer, or perhaps even on
a chillier evening after a heavy meal. Jelly becomes a sophisticated,
grown-up pudding when made from fresh fruit and served in stemmed
glasses. Add fresh whipped cream for a touch of indulgence, or eat
plain for a pure bright flavour. Make the jellies at least 5-6 hours
before serving so that they have time to set.
INGREDIENTS - Serves 6 people
1lb (450g) ripe washed raspberries
5oz (150g) caster sugar
4 sheets leaf gelatine
2 Redbush tea bags
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Method:
1. Tip the raspberries into a bowl. Add the sugar, and using a potato
masher, work the raspberries into a juicy pulp.
2. Set aside for half an hour, stirring occasionally, so that the sugar has
a chance to dissolve completely.
3. Rub through a sieve. Reserve the liquid, and discard any pips.
4. Put the kettle on. Half fill a clean roasting tin with cold water and
lay the gelatine in it to soften.
5. Drop the tea bags into a glass or metal measuring jug and pour
the freshly boiled water up to the 1/2 pint (300ml) mark. Leave
for three to five minutes to brew. But while it is still very hot
remove the tea bags.
6. Quickly scoop the softened gelatine out of it’s bath, squeeze out
excess water and then stir into the steaming tea.
7. Now add the lemon juice and pour in the raspberry and sugar liquid.
8. One good stir and it is ready. Pour into 6 stemmed champagne
flutes or small wine glasses. Leave to cool, and then transfer to
the fridge to set.
If you crave that touch of richness to counterbalance the purity of the
jelly, top with a spoonful of cream, just before serving.
A SOPHIE GRIGSON RECIPE.
REDBUSH TEA
BUSHMAN UPDATE
Kalahari Peoples Fund
Village Schools Project 2003
Heuningvlei...
life in a Cederberg village
The small and picturesque village of Heuningvlei
(meaning honey valley in Afrikaans) nestles in the
Krakadouw peaks, which form part of the Cederberg
mountain range. It is home to around 25 families,
many of whom have lived there for generations
and are true Cederbergers. On a recent trip to
South Africa our marketing manager visited this
village to learn more about their way of life and
the growing importance that rooibos has to them.
Hollie Ockhuis is one such villager; his father was also born in Heuningvlei
and worked carrying the post between the village and Clanwilliam
some 25 kms away; a 9 hour walk each way. Much of the land
around Heuningvlei is still owned by the Moravian Mission (purchased
by German missionaries in the 1800’s). Fifty years ago, to raise cash
they would harvest roots from the veldt (countryside) and sell them
for thatching. Wood was also collected and sold for cooking. Hollie in
his youth earned around 60c a day (not enough to buy a packet of
crisps today) working in the neighbouring town of Boonjieskloof.
The rocky terrain and distances between settlements has always
meant that transport has been a problem. Many years ago during
Hollie’s father’s lifetime goods came into the town of Wupperthal (a
30km round trip away) and were transported via donkey carts with
iron rimmed wheels. Clanwilliam had the nearest doctor which was a
150km round trip, so falling ill was a serious business. Even today
the nearest shop is still 15 km away.
Hollie told us a story when some years ago, just before Christmas,
Hollie was away working at the town of Porterville. There was a
violent storm during which his house was struck by lightning and all
but destroyed. He returned home on Friday to find little more than
the four walls, and his wife had also been made lame by the falling
roof. All they had were the clothes they wearing. He said that the
community spirit here is so strong that neighbours helped with various
items so they were able to rebuild the house in just three weeks.
Even people he did not know chipped in whatever they could. He said
this enabled him to keep working so he could earn the money
required for his son’s high school fees. He appreciated then more than
ever how contented he was to live in this village.
Although they have built them they still do not own their own houses,
as the land remains hired from the church. Negotiations however are
well under way to rectify this, with land valuations being made and
the legal necessities undertaken to transfer the land to their names.
Some are also hoping to claim ancestral rights. This is giving them a
major incentive to expand their land ownership and the area that they
farm. Rooibos as we know is still harvested in the same way now as
it was then, by and large it is cut by hand-held sickles. The bushes do
not lend themselves well to being cut by machinery and much of the
terrain is not easily accessible. The town of Wupperthal has a drying
yard and the leaves, once cut, are taken there to be fermented and
dried before being brought to Rooibos Ltd in Clanwilliam, with whom
the tea farmers at Heuningvlei have shares. This crucial investment
has allowed them to grow more rooibos, as they get a good market
price for the tea each year. Rooibos therefore continues to be a
priority and also a valuable long-term investment for them.
They now grow some 40 tons of rooibos a year, and in addition
grow their own seedlings, thereby retaining a greater degree of
profit and autonomy.
Although in comparison to the average Western lifestyle the inhabitants
of this tiny village may seem poor, this is not necessarily the way it is
seen by the inhabitants of Heuningvlei. Hollie recounted a conversation
with one of his sons who had long since left for Cape Town. His son
offered him the chance of a job and a house in the city, to which
Hollie responded by asking him if he could still enjoy the freedom and
safety that he had in Heuningvlei, and would he still be able to have
the relationship he has with the land and his neighbours? When his
son said no, Hollie replied ‘then leave me here’. He went on to
explain that they do not need to lock their doors and while they may
be poor he said he felt that they are living close to God, giving him
and his fellow villagers an inner peace and restfulness which he said
is denied most people in this world. The change in land ownership
and the international growth of the rooibos industry is bringing them
some greater comforts, and with that comes a greater degree of
contentment. This is why so many people come to the Cederbergs
even just to visit, the beauty and peacefulness there is quite unsurpassed.
This valley is truly filled with a special kind of honey.
The Redbush Tea Company purchases only
the finest grades of rooibos tea.
Stringent quality control is maintained at all times.
Last year The Redbush Tea Company with your
help purchased two lamination machines to
preserve teaching materials from the rigours
of the Namibian bush. This year we have
purchased a printer and support materials;
combining forces with other companies to
provide them with a comprehensive 'kit' of
computer literacy training and equipment.
Other essential items were four laptops, a
scanner, digital camera from Sony Corporation,
USA, and two solar installations from BP Solar,
London. We are really delighted to be a
part of this ‘team’ that has facilitated such an
extraordinary opportunity for these villages.
Two members of their Ju/’hoan community Kaqece Kallie N!ani and
Dahm Kim Dabe are being trained to operate and help with the overall
curriculum so that written materials and training are in the Ju/’hoan
language, and can therefore be used in all Ju/’hoan areas of
Namibia. The Village Schools Project has been running since 1991
and is supported by the Namibian government as well as its various
sponsors. Essentially it teaches with authentic texts, creating an
inviting and meaningful relationship, while ensuring that the curriculum
retains the culture of the Ju/'hoan yet still connects with the national
curriculum of Namibia. In essence they are being given the opportunity
to learn while writing their own life histories and contemporary stories
as well as word processing, transcription and translation techniques.
Megan Biesele, an American anthropologist has been collecting
materials ranging from folklore to creative writing since 1970 and
much of this is now available to educational projects both in Botswana
and Namibia. They have such a rich cultural and environmental
knowledge that ensuring that their language and lifestyle survives is as
essential as in any other world community. There are now four schools
in operation, which offer education up to Grade Four (Age 10). The
schools are housed in a variety of buildings in villages only accessible
on foot or by four-wheel-drive. They are in challenging environments;
wind, dust, intense cold in winter, unbearable heat in the summer,
termites that devour paper and wood and elephants that can flatten a
building in moments. Malaria is endemic, and also TB. Most of all
there are problems finding food and water in such an unforgiving
terrain. Education is therefore difficult but not impossible. The local
schools exist because there is such an incredible need for them,
especially during the childrens’ growing years when contact with their
families and community is critical. The funding that allows these
schools to continue and to grow comes largely from NGO’s and private
donors of which Redbush Tea is but one. In a country where making a
cup of tea first involves boiling water over a fire that first has to be
made of wood, which in turn has to be collected from the bush, your
continued support for this project is vital. Thank you to everyone who
buys our tea. 2003 is our second year of working with the Kalahari
Peoples Fund and we will continue to support them.
(The use of punctuation marks such as ! or / indicate that the words are in one of the
‘click ’ languages of southern Africa. In this case they are from the Ju/’hoan language).
www.kalaharipeoples.org/
REDBUSH TEA
BUSHMAN UPDATE
Kalahari Peoples Fund
Village Schools Project 2003
Heuningvlei...
life in a Cederberg village
The small and picturesque village of Heuningvlei
(meaning honey valley in Afrikaans) nestles in the
Krakadouw peaks, which form part of the Cederberg
mountain range. It is home to around 25 families,
many of whom have lived there for generations
and are true Cederbergers. On a recent trip to
South Africa our marketing manager visited this
village to learn more about their way of life and
the growing importance that rooibos has to them.
Hollie Ockhuis is one such villager; his father was also born in Heuningvlei
and worked carrying the post between the village and Clanwilliam
some 25 kms away; a 9 hour walk each way. Much of the land
around Heuningvlei is still owned by the Moravian Mission (purchased
by German missionaries in the 1800’s). Fifty years ago, to raise cash
they would harvest roots from the veldt (countryside) and sell them
for thatching. Wood was also collected and sold for cooking. Hollie in
his youth earned around 60c a day (not enough to buy a packet of
crisps today) working in the neighbouring town of Boonjieskloof.
The rocky terrain and distances between settlements has always
meant that transport has been a problem. Many years ago during
Hollie’s father’s lifetime goods came into the town of Wupperthal (a
30km round trip away) and were transported via donkey carts with
iron rimmed wheels. Clanwilliam had the nearest doctor which was a
150km round trip, so falling ill was a serious business. Even today
the nearest shop is still 15 km away.
Hollie told us a story when some years ago, just before Christmas,
Hollie was away working at the town of Porterville. There was a
violent storm during which his house was struck by lightning and all
but destroyed. He returned home on Friday to find little more than
the four walls, and his wife had also been made lame by the falling
roof. All they had were the clothes they wearing. He said that the
community spirit here is so strong that neighbours helped with various
items so they were able to rebuild the house in just three weeks.
Even people he did not know chipped in whatever they could. He said
this enabled him to keep working so he could earn the money
required for his son’s high school fees. He appreciated then more than
ever how contented he was to live in this village.
Although they have built them they still do not own their own houses,
as the land remains hired from the church. Negotiations however are
well under way to rectify this, with land valuations being made and
the legal necessities undertaken to transfer the land to their names.
Some are also hoping to claim ancestral rights. This is giving them a
major incentive to expand their land ownership and the area that they
farm. Rooibos as we know is still harvested in the same way now as
it was then, by and large it is cut by hand-held sickles. The bushes do
not lend themselves well to being cut by machinery and much of the
terrain is not easily accessible. The town of Wupperthal has a drying
yard and the leaves, once cut, are taken there to be fermented and
dried before being brought to Rooibos Ltd in Clanwilliam, with whom
the tea farmers at Heuningvlei have shares. This crucial investment
has allowed them to grow more rooibos, as they get a good market
price for the tea each year. Rooibos therefore continues to be a
priority and also a valuable long-term investment for them.
They now grow some 40 tons of rooibos a year, and in addition
grow their own seedlings, thereby retaining a greater degree of
profit and autonomy.
Although in comparison to the average Western lifestyle the inhabitants
of this tiny village may seem poor, this is not necessarily the way it is
seen by the inhabitants of Heuningvlei. Hollie recounted a conversation
with one of his sons who had long since left for Cape Town. His son
offered him the chance of a job and a house in the city, to which
Hollie responded by asking him if he could still enjoy the freedom and
safety that he had in Heuningvlei, and would he still be able to have
the relationship he has with the land and his neighbours? When his
son said no, Hollie replied ‘then leave me here’. He went on to
explain that they do not need to lock their doors and while they may
be poor he said he felt that they are living close to God, giving him
and his fellow villagers an inner peace and restfulness which he said
is denied most people in this world. The change in land ownership
and the international growth of the rooibos industry is bringing them
some greater comforts, and with that comes a greater degree of
contentment. This is why so many people come to the Cederbergs
even just to visit, the beauty and peacefulness there is quite unsurpassed.
This valley is truly filled with a special kind of honey.
The Redbush Tea Company purchases only
the finest grades of rooibos tea.
Stringent quality control is maintained at all times.
Last year The Redbush Tea Company with your
help purchased two lamination machines to
preserve teaching materials from the rigours
of the Namibian bush. This year we have
purchased a printer and support materials;
combining forces with other companies to
provide them with a comprehensive 'kit' of
computer literacy training and equipment.
Other essential items were four laptops, a
scanner, digital camera from Sony Corporation,
USA, and two solar installations from BP Solar,
London. We are really delighted to be a
part of this ‘team’ that has facilitated such an
extraordinary opportunity for these villages.
Two members of their Ju/’hoan community Kaqece Kallie N!ani and
Dahm Kim Dabe are being trained to operate and help with the overall
curriculum so that written materials and training are in the Ju/’hoan
language, and can therefore be used in all Ju/’hoan areas of
Namibia. The Village Schools Project has been running since 1991
and is supported by the Namibian government as well as its various
sponsors. Essentially it teaches with authentic texts, creating an
inviting and meaningful relationship, while ensuring that the curriculum
retains the culture of the Ju/'hoan yet still connects with the national
curriculum of Namibia. In essence they are being given the opportunity
to learn while writing their own life histories and contemporary stories
as well as word processing, transcription and translation techniques.
Megan Biesele, an American anthropologist has been collecting
materials ranging from folklore to creative writing since 1970 and
much of this is now available to educational projects both in Botswana
and Namibia. They have such a rich cultural and environmental
knowledge that ensuring that their language and lifestyle survives is as
essential as in any other world community. There are now four schools
in operation, which offer education up to Grade Four (Age 10). The
schools are housed in a variety of buildings in villages only accessible
on foot or by four-wheel-drive. They are in challenging environments;
wind, dust, intense cold in winter, unbearable heat in the summer,
termites that devour paper and wood and elephants that can flatten a
building in moments. Malaria is endemic, and also TB. Most of all
there are problems finding food and water in such an unforgiving
terrain. Education is therefore difficult but not impossible. The local
schools exist because there is such an incredible need for them,
especially during the childrens’ growing years when contact with their
families and community is critical. The funding that allows these
schools to continue and to grow comes largely from NGO’s and private
donors of which Redbush Tea is but one. In a country where making a
cup of tea first involves boiling water over a fire that first has to be
made of wood, which in turn has to be collected from the bush, your
continued support for this project is vital. Thank you to everyone who
buys our tea. 2003 is our second year of working with the Kalahari
Peoples Fund and we will continue to support them.
(The use of punctuation marks such as ! or / indicate that the words are in one of the
‘click ’ languages of southern Africa. In this case they are from the Ju/’hoan language).
www.kalaharipeoples.org/
REDBUSH TEA
Thank you to these readers, who will each receive a FREE Redbush teapot and box of tea!
readers comments
I suffer with IBS, and since I started to drink Redbush after receiving a free sample it has
improved dramatically. I no longer need to take my medication daily. My son has eczema and
we use Redbush in his bath, and it has an amazing ability to calm his skin. Redbush has been
the best product I have used for years.
Lindsey Marshall, Plymouth, Devon
I recently came across your tea through an English person that I hired for my company. Needless
to say one cup was enough to convince us all how good your tea is. We southern Americans
usually only drink tea that is so loaded with sugar and lemon that you really do not enjoy the
flavour of the tea at all. We are now having teatime just like the English. Thank you for such a
wonderful tea. I will be a customer forever.
Trisha Frost, Conway, South Carolina, USA
At the start of the menopause my wife investigated natural ways of combating the symptoms
rather than submit to the use of HRT. During the last 3 years, and having tried several other
remedies, we now regularly enjoy between 4 and 6 cups of Redbush daily. Needless to say,
my wife has never felt the need for HRT and we both find Redbush refreshing and invigorating.
Redbush has become and essential part of our diet, and although 'rooibos' is available in other
brands, Redbush Tea is without doubt our favourite.
Jeremy Green, Milton Keynes, Bucks
I have recently been diagnosed with ME and fibromyalgia, and started noticing a psoriasis type
rash on my legs which at times can be a little itchy. I tried adding a teapot full of Redbush Tea to
my daily bath. The first day I noticed less itching, second day less redness and by the sixth day
the rash had practically disappeared. I was so impressed, that I told all my friends and family. A
baby niece of mine has Redbush added to her bath a few times a week to keep her bottom peachy
and healthy. So much for expensive lotions and potions, whatever is in Redbush Tea it works!
Carroll Marsh, Penryn, Cornwall
I just wanted to say that Redbush Tea has really helped my daughter’s eczema. She is only 18
months old, and used to stay up all night scratching. It was painful for her, and horrible for us to
watch. We found your web site www.redbushtea.com, and following advice from you we started to
use the soap, and the tea as a drink and bath for her. It works – I am forever in your debt!!
Susan Treherne, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
After getting my free sample I wanted to tell you how great Redbush Tea REALLY is! I suffer from
chronic acid reflux (bad indigestion) and consequently cannot stomach normal tea or coffee in large
quantities. I have found Redbush Tea so different from other ‘herbal’ teas because of its great flavour –
not bitter, not too sweet and not flowery. I have now converted half the office, thank you so much!!
Simon Cornwell, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
I have recently been on the Carol Vorderman detox diet. Before I started I was really dreading
giving up my 4 or more cups of tea a day. But then I discovered Redbush Tea, and I have not
looked back! I’ve tried lots of other herbal teas and never really enjoyed them. Now I have found
one that tastes great and has many added health benefits. I’ve been recommending it to everyone.
Jenny McAlinden, Dundee, Angus
MAIL
ORDER
If you are unable to find Redbush Tea locally,
you can mail order any of our products from us
with a Sterling cheque or postal order. To place
your order please complete the attached form
and return it with your full payment to:
The Redbush Tea Company Limited
Churchill House, 142 - 146 Old Street,
London EC1V 9BW
Telephone: 0845 601 2658
Facsimile: 020 7324 2002
email: [email protected]
Well now you can. Send us a cheque for £15.50 plus one bar code from an
80 tea bag Redbush Tea box or two bar codes from the 40 tea bag boxes and
one of these exclusive teapots will be all yours! Offer open to UK and ROI only.
Look out for these packs - for details
of your local stockist call us on
0845 601 2658 or visit our website
www.redbushtea.com
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If you prefer to pay by credit card, you can
now order Redbush Tea and Redbush Soap
from Blenders, they also sell loose Redbush
if you prefer your cuppa this way!
You can order on line from them at
email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01604 231705.
USA and Canadian mail order customers
please contact Gordon Industries at
[email protected]
or Tel: 415-402 0858.
Address:
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110g* bar Redbush Soap
Box of 40 Organic bags
Box of 40 bags
Box of 80 bags
£2.45
£2.15
£1.79
£3.15
Nº of soaps req’d
Total cost
£
Nº of Organic 40s req’d
Total cost
£
Nº of 40s req’d
Total cost
£
Total cost
£
Nº of 80s req’d
£
Cost of Postage + Packing:
65p for 1 bar of soap; £1.05 for 2 and £1.35 for 3 bars
£1.00 for one box of 40 or £1.45 for two boxes of 40
£1.45 for one box of 80 or £2.35 for two boxes of 80
Total P+P
£
For bulk and overseas orders please contact us for cost of postage.
Total cost of order inc P+P
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as well as the postage and packing. We cannot send out your order until
we receive payment. I have enclosed a Sterling cheque for the total
amount, made payable to the Redbush Tea Company.
* Weights are approximate - every bar is hand cut and no two are identical. The bars are weighed
after a minimum three-week curing time, however they continue to lose moisture after this time.
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HEALTH
How can Redbush help?
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Tea as we cook for you
in South Africa
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