The Benefits of Rooibos (Redbush) Tea

Long used in Africa, and touted for its reputed medicinal properties, redbush tea has been the subject of increased research over the last few decades. As we read on “Redbush tea is a beverage brewed from the dried leaves of the rooibos plant, a low-growing shrub native to South Africa and known scientifically as Aspalathus linearis. The herbal tea gets its name from the English translation of rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans. Usually made from oxidized — or fermented — leaves, the beverage is reddish-brown in color.” High in flavenoids and polyphenols, research indicates that there are several benefits to incorporating this tea into your daily routine. These include:

  • Antioxidative properties
  • Anti-cancer, anti-mutagenic properties
  • Improves Cardiovascular system
  • Reduces Hypertension
  • Combats Obesity
  • Relieves Asthma and other respiratory ailments
  • Hypogylcemia Reduction
  • Boosts immune system
  • Soothes Skin – bruising and exema
  • Treats colic and stomach aches

Redbush tea has been used in South Africa for hundreds of years. It is reported to have a mild stimulating effect, similar to coffee, but without the caffeine. Because it is caffeine free, it may be suitable for treating children and others with low tolerance to stimulants, while its low tannin levels make it easier to digest. On we see that “Rooibos contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C.” Combine those with the polyphenols and flavenoids and you’ve got one powerhouse plant!