Rooibos Tea Health Benefits

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Rooibos, sometimes referred to as Redbush or Red tea, is a caffeine-free herbal tea or infusion that is grown only in the South African highlands.

It is dervied from the Aspalathus linearis plant, rather than the Camellia sinensis plant that produces traditionally recognized teas, such as Black, Green, Oolong or White varieties.

A cup of this herbal brew features a distinctive red color and offers a sweet and slightly nutty flavor. It contains a variety of antioxidant substances, some of which are entirely exclusive to the Redbush plant. 

As well as being decaffeinated with low tannin content, the herbal tea contains Vitamin C and many mineral. The minerals contained in a cup of Redbush tea are:

  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Alpha-hydroxy (great for the skin)
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Fluoride

Various studies have shown the many health problems that can be helped by drinking this tea on a regular basis:

  • Can be used to treat hay fever, asthma and eczema
  • Placed directly on the skin, it can slow the aging process
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Eases irritability, headaches, nervous tension and insomnia
  • Acts as an anti-spasmodic agent, to relieve stomach cramps and colic in infants
  • Contains no oxalic acid, so people prone to kidney stones can safely consume it

Mothers in South Africa have long been aware of the benefits of the herbal brew and it is traditional to give this tea to children. It is thought that a small amount of Redbush tea added to milk could soothe babies and help ease symptoms of colic.

You will find red tea frequently used as a blended ingredient for other herbal tisanes, providing added flavor and wellness benefits.

Though, always check with your healthcare provider before giving herbal tea or other beverages to children.

This article was written by Uma Mays, owner of UK-based Teaworld.

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