There are many things you can do to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Babies, children, and elderly people are more sensitive to heat and require extra attention. You may also be at great risk if you are ill or obese, or have heart disease and even if you work outside or you are at risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. According to science a warm cup of Rooibos tea might be a better option to cool yourself down in summer.

It sounds illogical that a hot drink could cool you down, but there is now hard science behind this old wives’ tale. Studies conducted by the University of Ottawa found that ingesting a hot cup of tea on a summer day will lowers the amount of heat stored by the body, provided that the sweat produced by the hot beverage can evaporate.

Research Director for the SA Rooibos Council (SARC), Joe Swart explains that sweating is the body’s way of cooling us down.

Sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin, it cools and removes excess heat to keep our body temperature in check.

In South Africa, our climate is quite temperate with plenty of sunny, dry days, so drinking a warm cup of tea in summer might not be such a crazy idea after all.

Rooibos tea is a healthy and affordable cooling option for everyone, including babies.

Here’s why you should choose to drink a cup of Rooibos tea on a hot summer day:

It contains no caffeine and you can drink as much of it as you want.

Makes a delicious iced tea.

Help regulate your body temperature in a healthy natural way.

You won’t add any additional calories as it contains no fats or carbohydrates

So, if you live or visiting the the Mother City be sure to hydrate with a warm cuppa tea it could provide some much-needed relief in the summer heat.