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One of the leading international brands the Wellness Boutique offers is Annique health and skincare products that use the natural and healing properties of Rooibos.

Discovering Rooibos’ miracles

Generations of South Africans have been enjoying the natural sweet and revitalising taste of Rooibos since its discovery by botanists in 1772. Little did they realise the powerful and natural healing properties of this rare and unique plant from the cold, windy, South-Western tip of Africa.

An amazing discovery

In 1968, Dr. Annique Theron stumbled on the natural healing powers of Rooibos when, one sunny April morning in 1968, she warmed her allergic baby’s bottle with warm Rooibos tea. Annique was amazed at the instant calming, soothing and healing effect it had on her baby daughter of fourteen months, Lorinda. Annique set out to investigate this tea’s healing potential and found she stood alone in her discovery of its anti-allergic qualities. However, she soon found hundreds of mothers with similar problems varying from food allergies to eczema, insomnia and hyperactivity in their babies and children. Annique published her findings about allergies in children and adults in her book: “Allergies: An Amazing Discovery”.

Help for adults and babies

Rooibos tea has been a trusted remedy for the last three decades among South African mothers. Now Rooibos’ miraculous properties to cure and soothe are backed not only by scientific research and international recognition, but also by thirty years of mothers’ hands-on experience. If your little one suffers from colic, insomnia, food allergies, stomach cramps or eczema, Annique’s Rooibos tea is the perfect answer to your problems. It is simple to use; simply substitute the water of baby’s bottle feed with Rooibos tea. Rooibos tea will benefit the digestive system, calm your child and ensure untroubled sleeping patterns.

Revealing research

In the 1980’s Japanese and American scientists found a powerful and stable antioxidant called super-oxide dismutase in Rooibos tea.

In 1995 Infruitec, a South African research company, as well as Dr. Charlene Marais of the University of the Free State, found and verified that Rooibos tea did indeed have the following properties:

• Anti-allergic
• Anti-spasmodic
• Anti-bacterial
• Anti-ageing
• Anti-viral
• Antioxidant
• No caffeine
• Very low tannin from pure Rooibos leaves

Rooibos tea is enjoying increasing popularity around the world.

Nutrition from Mother Nature

Because Rooibos tea is low in tannin, it won’t deplete baby’s natural iron reserves during pregnancy or feeding while the protein absorption and metabolism remain undisturbed. It also contains calcium to ensure normal development of teeth, bones and the nervous system, as well as magnesium and zinc for healthy skin and hair. Because Annique’s Rooibos tea has a natural sweet taste there is no need to add sugar or honey to baby bottles. Parents will love it too.

Nature and science – creating flawless skin

In the age of laser treatments, chemical peels, Botox® injections and cosmetic surgery, Annique has captured nature’s power by creating a range of super-effective skincare. The Annique products deliver targeted treatments to specific skin concerns from wrinkles and age spots to cellulite and stretch marks. In Annique products, Rooibos antioxidant extract, with its natural anti-ageing, anti-allergic and health-boosting properties, is combined with breakthrough natural ingredients to show results.

Research – crucial Rooibos molecules

ASPALATHIN The molecule unique to the Rooibos plant is a powerful antioxidant (flavonoid) and many scientific studies show its anti-carcenogenic properties and free radical scavenging potential. With this molecule Rooibos provides a very effective, natural and safe supply of anti-ageing and anti-allergic effects.

QUERCITIN may have positive effects in combating or helping to prevent cancer, prostatitis, heart disease, cataracts, allergies/inflammations, and respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma. Also included in the Annique dietary supplements.

LUTEOLIN is a flavonoid and is thought to play an important role in the human body as an antioxidant, a free radical scavenger, an agent in the prevention of inflammation, a promoter of carbohydrate metabolism, and an immune system modulator. These characteristics of luteolin are also believed to play an important part in the prevention of cancer. Multiple research experiments describe luteolin as a biochemical agent that can dramatically reduce inflammation and the symptoms of septic shock.

This molecule is also the reason for Rooibos having an anti-spasmodic effect on colicky babies.

NOTHOFAGIN is a flavonoid found in Rooibos and has wonderful antioxidant properties. You will find ten times the amount of Nothofagin in green Rooibos tea, than fermented Rooibos.

Latest research indicated that Rooibos tea helps reduce cardiovascular disease risk as it protects the body against oxidative damage. This is the first time that Rooibos has been subjected to a tightly controlled human clinical trial to determine its potential benefit in reducing cardiovascular disease factor.

Entitled “Modulation of blood oxidative stress markers and DNA damage by Rooibos tea in volunteers at risk for coronary heart disease”, the trial was conducted by Jeanine L. Marnewick, Ph.D., senior researcher at the Oxidative Stress Research Centre at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town. Funding was provided by Cape Peninsula University of Technology, THRIP National Research Foundation, and the South African Rooibos Council.

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