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Rooibos, or “Red Bush” tea, is native to South Africa and comes from the Aspalathus linearis plant. It is part of the ‘Fynbos’ plant family, exclusive to the Western Cape of South Africa, and no where else in the world.
It was originally used by the indigenous San tribes of Southern Africa for its medicinal properties over 3000 years ago. It was adopted by British colonialists in the 1700’s as a replacement for expensive black tea.
Rooibos is caffeine free! It is therefore safe for children as well as pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The incredible health benefits of Rooibos Tea are becoming more apparent through growing medicinal studies.
• High in Antioxidants for Cancer
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Neurodegenerative diseases
• Low in tannins
• Contains Amino Acids
• Contains flavanols, flavones and flavanones
• Contains high concentrations of nutrients, minerals and vitamins
• Assists with Diabetes, stomach ailments and heart disease
For more detailed information see our page on ROOIBOS TEA BENEFITS
Tea refers to the word “Cha”, which is the name for a plant called Camellia Sinensis. If it doesn’t come from this plant it technically is not tea. Rooibos, Honeybush and Buchu are different plants, Fynbos, and are therefore not traditional tea, but herbal or “Tisane”.
• Rooibos that grows in the mountains naturally is known as Wild or “Veld” Rooibos, and lives between 20 and 40 years
• Rooibos is most commonly grown as a mono-crop in large cultivated fields, these plants lives between 3 and 5 years
• Rooibos that occurs in the wild can better adapt to climate change, drought and even helps other plants grow back after fires
• Wild Rooibos contains has a higher nutrient content with a stronger, deeper and richer flavour over cultivated Rooibos
• The majority of Rooibos consumed across the world is cultivated in fields
• Wild Rooibos is very unique
• Rooibos is part of a delicate and unique biome, making South Africa the only place in the world where Rooibos can grow
• Rooibos is similar to a legume with large nodules on its root system that converts substances in the air to usable nutrients in the soil
Other Fynbos plants rely on Rooibos to grow.