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Our Rooibos is sourced from what is known as Wild Pickings. This is a method of sustainably collecting Rooibos that grows naturally in the mountains. Areas are rotated yearly to ensure there is time for the plants to rest and therefore grow back stronger. It takes mindfulness of the environment and delicate ecosystem into account, which is of vital importance. These plants are between 30 and 50 years old, verses the cultivated plants that have a 3 to 5 year life cycle.
With the increase in demand for Rooibos and Rooibos products globally, commercial farmers have scaled production unsustainably, leaving environmental and societal damage in its wake. It is important for Lady Bonin’s Tea that we source plants that are farmed mindfully, using indigenous knowledge that understands the inner workings of the ecosystem.
The plants are not only adapt to climate change, but can withstand times of drought much more efficiently than commerically grown Rooibos. In the last 3 years of drought experienced in the Western Cape, commercial farmers loose between 30% and 40% of their yield. The Wild drops by a mere 15% in comparison. We do not want to mess with nature’s million years of evolution, but instead, work with it, to benefit and harness it.
If we are going to thrive on this planet we have to work with nature, not attempt to bend it to our will. Everything exists with inherent harmony, and it is important that we follow these same principles. Just as the Rooibos works to balance and create harmony in your body through the benefits of its age-old uses. That is the principle of drinking tea after all.
With a wide range of beautifully blended organic Rooibos tea, you can taste the mountains.