Welcome to Brenda's Rooibos Store Canada

Hello! Welcome to Brenda's Rooibos Store! I am so glad you are here.

Quite a few moons ago now, I worked with a life coach to determine my personal mission statement. And it was this:
"I am a catalyst. I am passionate about helping women move forward in life with words of encouragement and by instilling confidence."

And I would love to do that for you!

Not because I have it all together, but rather, because I have struggled with confidence and self-esteem too and I know what it is to shrink into the shadows and fade into the background.

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Why Rooibos?

My story with Rooibos started very quietly, unobtrusively, many years before I actually considered starting a Rooibos business. Rooibos was something so South African I took it for granted without giving it any merit. We didn't drink Rooibos at home, being raised more English, but we did eat vetkoek and koeksusters. Sadly, the first time I drank Rooibos tea was in Canada. Eish, I know. Sies tog! Shame on me. But that is what happens when you are raised in South Africa with an English flavour - you drink Ceylon tea.

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Why Annique?

At the time that I was charting the next phase of my life, Rooibos was bursting on the scene in Vancouver, and my husband and I were planning a trip to South Africa to visit family. With the thought that there is more to Rooibos than tea rattling around in my head, and remembering the Annique skincare line, I asked God to show me the way if anything was to come of it.

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What is so special about Rooibos?

Rooibos is an Afrikaans word that means 'red bush'. It is a scrubby plant indigenous only to South Africa and only in the Cedarberg of the Western Cape. When harvested, the leaves are laid out in the sun to dry and they turn red. This gives the tea its unique red colour and enriches the flavour of the tea. If the leaves are not left to ferment in the sun, they don't turn red and the tea is called Green Rooibos Tea. Green Rooibos Tea is milder in flavour but higher in anti-oxidants.

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The Annique Story

Do you know the persistent cry of a discontented baby? Do you know the cry of a baby suffering from colic? Do you know what it is to have a baby that doesn't sleep through for more than 12 months straight? Annique Theron did. Her daughter Lorinda suffered with colic, cried almost incessantly and didn't sleep through for the first year of her life.

And on an April morning in 1968, Lorinda was crying again.

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Why Phakamani?

There are two reasons why I support Phakamani Foundation (pronounced 'pug-ah-ma-nee'). One is practical and the other is personal.

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Meaning of South African words and phrases

Eish: used to express surprise, annoyance or pain (originally derived from Xhosa)

Hamba Kahle: Stay well or go well (Zulu)

Phakamani: Rise Up (Zulu)

Sies tog: Shame (Afrikaans) – both English and Afrikaans versions are very popular South African expressions

Tot weer siens: Until we see each other again (Afrikaans)

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