Rooibos Tea Benefits: The Ultimate Guide
Just one sip of Red Bush Baby Roobois Tea is guaranteed to improve the quali-tea of your day! Our Rooibos tea infusion blends a sweet creamy flavour with lavender and blue cornflowers. But it’s more than just a great taste: there are many ways that Rooibos tea can benefit your health as well!
What is Rooibos Tea?
Rooibos tea is a herbal tea made from the rooibos shrub, a plant native to South Africa. It’s also known as red tea or red bush tea, but funnily enough, its leaves are green in colour! They are harvested through a long period of drying in the sun, followed by fermentation. This process produces recognizable red hues! Rooibos tea tastes divine on its own, but it is also served with milk and honey, or even iced, similar to Black or Green tea. Since it is caffeine-free, it provides a relaxing alternative to other teas. You can steep and sip a cuppa at any hour of the day without the fear of keeping you buzzing around past your bedtime!
Brief History of Rooibos Tea
We’ve talked about the history of tea on our info page, but rooibos tea has completely different origins. It has been brewed in the Cederberg mountain region of South Africa for hundreds of years. Today, that remains the only place in the world where rooibos plants can grow! The indigenous people in the area used to harvest the leaves for tea and medicinal purposes. Archaeological records suggest that it might have been consumed for thousands of years. However, the first written accounts of rooibos come from 18th-century European explorers. In 1772, the Khoi people introduced a Swedish botanist, Carl Thunberg, to its sweet taste. He studied how they searched the mountains for wild rooibos and harvested it. He later helped spread the tea’s popularity to Cape-Dutch settlers.
Since then, Rooibos’ popularity has continued to thrive. With brews that good, can you blame everyone for wanting a sip? Today, rooibos tea has become an international superstar. It’s consumed around the world, from the U.K. to Europe to Asia.
Is Rooibos Tea Good for You? (benefits)
Evidence suggests that indigenous people used rooibos in a medicinal manner for centuries. Recently, scientists have also been investigating the benefits of this delicious drink. This modern interest in its healing properties started back in 1968. A South African mother, Dr. Annique Theron, published a book on how Rooibos had soothed her child’s colic. Her book also discussed rooibos’ help with allergies. Since then, many health benefits have emerged. This means there are plenty of reasons to sip a cuppa beyond its rich flavour. With its range of medicinal quali-teas, rooibos brings a blend of superpowers to each mug!
Rooibos is rich in antioxidants!
This help protects against cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Quercetin and Luteolin, two antioxidants present in Rooibos tea, can kill cancer cells. In addition, they’re also able to prevent tumour growth.
If you suffer from allergies, rooibos may be able to help. Quercetin works with immune cells to manage allergic reactions. It’s known for its ability to suppress histamines. (These are the pesky chemicals that cause itchy eyes, runny noses, and other symptoms).
But the advantages of rooibos don’t end there! Rooibos tea is the only known natural source of an antioxidant called aspalathin. Tests on animals show that aspalathin contains anti-diabetic quali-teas. This suggests that it might help manage diabetes in people, too!
The antioxidants present in rooibos tea are polyphenols. These are chemical compounds that help plants fight stress. Food and beverages with these compounds lower inflammation and assist in managing stress. Evidence suggests that rooibos tea leads to better blood pressure and lower cholesterol. So for a healthier heart, drink a heart-tea cup of rooibos!
Many antioxidants and minerals in rooibos also promise potential skin benefits. Zinc, superoxide dismutase, aspalathin and nothofagin are all present in rooibos. They are known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. These properties lead to healthier skin and lowered chances of acne and breakouts.
Finally, rooibos can help your favourite insomniac catch some zZZs. Its antioxidants help suppress stress and promote relaxation. If a busy mind is keeping you from slumber, a warm cuppa can calm your nerves. Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free. This allows you to sip this smooth brew as a delightful bedtime ritual and fall fast asleep. And with tea that tastes like a fairy tale, you’ll be whisked away to blissful tranquili-tea in no time!
Treat your taste buds (as well as your heart and your skin) to this incredible brew! And don’t be Chai — contact us and tell us what you think!