Vanilla Rooibos Tea

Well hello, how lovely of you to join me, my choice today is an unusual herbal tea blend, made from branches of a shrub & bean pods. I invite you to brew yourself a hot or maybe an iced comforting beverage of your choice,  add a tasty treat of deliciousness & reflect with me for a special time together.

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This tea has its origins in South Africa, made from the branches of the native Rooibos shrub, which is apparently a member of the legume family. To enhance the flavor, Vanilla, which essence has been derived from the bean pods of the Vanilla Orchid, originating in Mexico, has been added. This has created a very unique blend. It gives a reddish/amber colored tea when brewed, is naturally sweet in taste, fragrance & totally caffeine free, I take mine with lactose free milk & just a little raw sugar.

I normally have this at night,  being caffeine free I am able to enjoy it without fear of it adding to nocturnal alertness! It is interesting how two entirely different plants from different locations in the world create such a harmonious, comforting & soothing blend!

We need comforting & soothing at times, don’t we… life can get pretty tough & awfully wearisome even in the best of lives. I had some unexpected visitors a few years back & then they took up residency without my permission, let me introduce you to them; Fibromyalgia,  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Celiac disease. These residents do not create a harmonious blend for this hostess, they are rather demanding! Though I am determined to raise to the daily challenge of their demands, I have learnt to work within my new limitations & capacity, living my best life… but weariness still comes.

This can become a negative experience if I allow it to, I can either focus on the daily constant pain, fatigue, brain fog & weariness or I can focus on the positives in my life. Those being the joys that I can still experience in so much around me, the love I have in my life, the beautiful area I live in with everything I love in God’s natural environment, the enjoyment I can derive from the craft projects I set myself to do for Diversional Therapy. The delight & time I now have to experience the little but meaningful things to me, such as a comforting cup of tea & a tasty treat while in that all important time of reflection with those of you who drop by.

The choice is ours you see, we can focus on either the negative pressures in our lives or identify the positive aspects & place our focus on those, creating that unique & harmonious blend of focused blessings to add a sweet aroma & taste to our life…

What positive aspects can you focus upon in your life now? I would love to hear what you discover…

Jennifer

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13 thoughts on “Vanilla Rooibos Tea

  1. Lovely encouragement. Thanks for sharing..
    I also take my ‘Rooibos tea with vanilla’ at night. Mine is a sweet treat after dinner. I have a splash of almond milk and teaspoon of honey.
    As i sit here sick with shingles i am very thankful for living in a country where I could access antiviral medications quick. I look forward to the illness being over soon.. I’m also grateful for calamine lotion!!

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    • I am very sad to hear that you are experiencing shingles nursingsister, a painful condition!

      Thankyou for sharing your discoveries of a positive focus on your treatment availability & ultimate healing..
      I am glad that you too enjoy a lovely cup of Vanilla Rooibos tea at night. I haven’t tried Almond milk & honey yet. It sounds delicious though!
      Hoping you get better very soon.

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  2. This is one of my favourite teas and I agree it is soothing and comforting. I am always impressed with anyone who can turn a negative into a positive. It can be so easy to dwell in negativity and I´m sure your unwelcome guests would just love that. I find being grateful every day for even the smallest things helps. I once read that if you were thankful for three things every morning, the rest of the day goes so much better. It works for me. I am thankful I found your lovely blog.

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  3. Jennifer, vanilla rooibos tea has been one of my long-time favorites, encountered with delight whilst working in Africa & now imbibed even more often to lessen daily caffeine intake. So hard reducing fav black teas! But now thoroughly enjoy green teas & herbals of all varieties. What a blessing to find a kindred tea-drinking spirit. Thank you for your inspiring words of encouragement!! ✨🌟☕️🌟✨

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    • Thankyou Virginia, so glad you were inspired & encouaged…how exciting to have worked in South Africa!
      Tea is such a soothing experience isn’t it 🙂
      So glad you dropped by I have enjoyed our time together, looking forward to our next “cuppa” time as we say here in Australia.

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  4. Rooibus tea is one of my favorites! On many evenings you will find me drinking either a cup of rooibus or a cup of licorice tea.

    Thank you for sharing about your health struggles and the positive things you find on your journey.

    Positive things in my life right now include: God’s Word that sustains me daily, a loving husband and children who are so helpful and caring, crochet projects, good books, a friend to visit me in my home, those who pray for me, and a soft bed.

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    • How lovely that you dropped by…I haven’t tried Licorice tea yet but it sounds very tempting!
      Isn’t it amazing the treasures we discover when we reflect awhile.
      Thankyou for sharing your treasures with us Rachel, they are very precious ones.

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