What is Rooibos tea
Region: South Africa
Color: vibrant ruby red
Body: medium - full
Palette: mildly sweet and nutty with honey-like undertones
Also known as Red Tea, Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) comes from a shrub known as the “African Red Bush”, hence why it is considered an herbal tea. Originally consumed by the nomadic tribes of South Africa, rooibos grows in a small area near Cape Town with no alternative source available anywhere in the world. It is no surprise that such a remarkable, nutritious herb comes from this region which has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world - 3 times as many species per square meter than the South American rainforest.
Rooibos has a unique combination of powerful antioxidants, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to help strengthen the body’s immune system and is said to contain some of the highest known levels of anti-aging properties. Rooibos is also widely popular for its ability to replenish the skin topically as well as from the inside out. Extract from this plant is often used as a raw material for many skin creams and cosmetics. In fact, you can use it topically to soothe irritated skin – brew it and place directly on the affected area.
Naturally caffeine-free this therapeutic herbal tea offers many of the same health promoting properties as Green tea, making it an ideal choice for evening or for people sensitive to caffeine. Like Green tea, the potent antioxidants in Rooibos are believed to fight aging, cancer and heart disease, support the immune system and improve overall health. It contains anti-spasmodic agents that make Rooibos a natural aid for digestion; used widely in South Africa to help relieve stomach cramps and relieve colic in children. It is relaxing, soothing and nourishing and is also highly recommended for allergies, headaches, skin health, stress, anxiety or insomnia.
It is clear the startling versatility of Rooibos, combined with its wonderful aroma and sweet, nutty flavor makes this new beverage a favorite among tea fans and a must-try for the seeker of an alternative beverage and a healthier lifestyle. Try it with honey for added health benefits!