The rooibos (red bush) plant has been enjoyed as a herbal tea in South Africa for generations. Pronounced “roy-boss”, this fantastic infusion comes with a variety of health benefits.
Commonly grown in a small mountainous area in the Western Cape province. The leaves are fermented to produce the eye-catching, reddish-brown colour.
Rooibos can be prepared plain and simply with water, or in the same way as regular black tea, with milk and sugar added. Other popular additions include lemon and honey instead of sugar.
It’s a tasty, flexible brew to experiment with. Whether you’re drinking the regular red bush or one of our delicious flavoured blends, it’s a great tea. It’s thirst-quenching and refreshing.
It’s a “super” beverage and so comes with a great list of health benefits:
- Rooibos is caffeine free and is often recommended for people who struggle to sleep at night.
- It is lower in tannins compared to black and green tea and has 50% more antioxidants than green tea!
- Rooibos is known to help with stress relief and hypertension.
- It relieves respiratory conditions and can assist in lowering blood pressure. This makes it a fab pregnancy tea, too.
- The chemical make-up of rooibos includes manganese, calcium and fluoride minerals that are great for bone structure and strong teeth.
- South Africans often drink the tea to help ease stomach cramps and abdominal pains, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rooibos tea is used as a treatment for allergies in parts of South Africa. It’s particularly effective on eczema and hay fever. It might be worth having a cup before going on a country walk!
- Another benefit is the effect Rooibos has on the skin. It contains alpha hydroxy acid which reduces wrinkles and helps to remove layers of dead skin.
- If you’ve ever suffered from kidney stones, drink as much rooibos as you like because it doesn’t contain oxalic acid.
- A rare antioxidant found in red bush is Aspalathin. This brilliant component can help to control diabetes. It helps to balance blood sugar. It improves insulin resistance and glucose absorption by the muscles and it boosts the secretion of insulin from the pancreas.
- This tea is rich in polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimutagenic effects. It has many phenolic compounds in it with polyphenols being the most important of them. Polyphenols scavenge free radicals that can cause cancer and heart diseases. Rooibos is therefore a great beverage to boost your immune system and help protect your body against diseases.
Rooibos blends brilliantly with a variety of flavours, hence our diverse range.