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Rooibos: the red bush Tea


Rooibos is sometimes called red Tea because of its colour but this should not be confused

rooibos plant

with Chinese red Tea. As explained in previous posts, red Tea in China is what the western countries call black Tea.Rooibos is a herbal tea from the red bush plant (Aspalathus linearis) , which grows exclusively in the north western cape of South Africa.

 Despite being called red bush the leaves are green and only after being oxidized, drying in the sun, they turn to its distinctive red colour.

Rooibos Leaves

Traditionally in South Africa this is usually served with milk and sugar however due to its natural sweet and nutty flavour I believe this can be enjoyed on its own. Brewing Rooibos is very similar to brewing a cup of black Tea.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos does not contain caffein and it has a low level of tannin while still having a high number of antioxidants. It is widely known for its calming and soothing effects and often used to relieve baby’s colics, stomach cramps and even alergic skin. In 1997, rooibos was awarded a gold medal for its anti alergic properties by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).  Annique Theron published her findings on the anti-allergic qualities of the Rooibos Plant in her book:  “Allergies: an amazing discovery“. Hospitals in South Africa often use it in baths for children with skin allergic conditions and also give it as a drink.

Rooibos started as a small South Africa indigenous herb but nowadays is one of the most consumed and well-known herbal Tea in the world.

Happy Tea Break.


4 thoughts on “Rooibos: the red bush Tea

  1. This used to confuse me a lot, the whole red Chinese and red rooibos thing. I have to say that out of ALL the teas, rooibos is my favourite, taste wise anyway. I love the woody flavour of it that is so unique to its kind. I often start off my morning with a cup of honey bush. There is something about the smell that reminds me of wood working which really bring me back to my childhood. great post!

  2. Thank you for this lovely bit on rooibos red bush as a tea. Nice to know there is an herbal remedy safe for colicky babies. I will definitely pass this along.

    • Thanks for the comment and feedback Antropia Luna. Rooibos is indeed a great herbal remedy not only for babies but for adults as well. And no caffeine so you can drink it at anytime of the day.

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