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Rooibos Tea - Super Healthy

Updated on September 27, 2011

When it’s Rooibos, it’s delicious, it’s delightful, it’s delectable!

All this in a cuppa, and so much more!

What is Rooibos?

Rooibos is a plant with needle-like leaves which get separated from the stalks, then dried in the sun. Once dried they are delivered to the factory for grading and packing. And so begins the process that makes a healthy cup of tea for the ‘health conscious’, due to it’s high level of antioxidants.

The leaves of the plant turn a rich aromatic red after having been left to oxidize. Hence the name, Rooibos, (Afrikaans) for ‘Red Bush’ in English. The tea produced is red in color making the name apt, Rooi meaning red in English and pronounced (Roy).

The fermented rooibos tea is dried on the tea court
The fermented rooibos tea is dried on the tea court | Source
Cape Cedarberg region, South Africa
Cape Cedarberg region, South Africa

The only place in the world where rooibos grows wild is in the ‘Cape’ in South Africa.

It was used by the Khoisan people as far back as the 1770’s for making “tea”. By the 19th century the red drink had replaced black tea, an expensive, exotic commodity in cafes and homes of the Cape Colony.


The Popular Choice

Rooibos is caffeine free and low in tannin making it the popular choice for health conscious “tea totellers”. The golden rule is to never add milk! When serving a cup of rooibos to your guests, offer a dollop of honey and a slice of lemon. On a hot day, prepare a blend of rooibos with camomile and apple juice. Chill, then spoil and impress your guests. The flavor of rooibos tea is often described as being naturally sweet (without adding sugar) and slightly nutty.

The conversation will flow when entertaining as you tell your guests of the many benefits of rooibos.

The ladies will like knowing that Rooibos Oil massaged into the feet, legs and back leaves the skin supple, and the famous relaxing powers are apparent.

When rubbed into the skin it fights wrinkles.

No wonder rooibos in both tea and oil form is a hit amongst celebrities.

Rooibos (Aspalatus Linearis)
Rooibos (Aspalatus Linearis) | Source
Rooibos: Vitamins & Minerals
Rooibos: Vitamins & Minerals


Traditional medical uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating allergies, asthma, and dermatological problems.

A study by Japanese scientists suggest that rooibos tea is beneficial in topical treatment of acne. This is due to the level of alpha hydroxyl acid, zinc and superoxide dismutase present in the herb.

Rooibos has anti-spasmodic properties, thus relieving stomach cramps.

Rooibos gives relief for nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation.

Rooibos is recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleep patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression and hypertension.

Rooibos is recommended for people on a calorie-restricted diet as it does not add kilojoules.

Rooibos also supplement the daily amounts of calcium, manganese and especially fluoride, needed for the development of strong healthy teeth and bones.

Rooibos contains zinc and alpha-hydroxy acid, which promotes healthy skin and magnesium which is necessary for a healthy nervous system. It also has a high level of vitamin D.

Rooibos Tea is an all day drink, hot or chilled, which can be used as a ‘pick-me up’ morning till night. A cup at night will help with added relaxation and sleep.

Benefits For Babies

Rooibos tea has a soothing effect on the skin, relieving itching and skin irritations such as nappy rash and eczema.

It is recommended as a drink for infants suffering from colic.

Other Products Available

  • Loose leaf tea or powder form
  • Sauce
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Massage oil

The consoling fact of drinking rooibos tea is that there’s never too many cups. Each one has medicinal value.



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      Neil 4 years ago

      Thanks for the informative article. In fact, i drink roiboos with milk and definitely prefer it that way :)

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Rooibos tea has become known world wide because of it's health benefits so I do hope you can tract down a supplier locally.

      Thank you for taking time to read this article!

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      Indian Chef 5 years ago from New Delhi India

      this is first time I am hearing about this tea and it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing all this. I would try to see if it is availble locally or not.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Keep up drinking Rooibos it's good for you.

      Happy tea time!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is my favorite sweet tea to drink in the early morning. I love the taste and the health benefits provided through the drink. Your information has reminded me why I drink it. Voted up.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I hope you do find rooibos tea and once drinking it you will be hooked.

      Let me know if you are successful in finding the tea.

      Have a nice day!

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Support like this will carry me through and the mixed emotions have to be dealt with.

      Monday the 9th April is coming ever closer to wing our way to South Africa and we are looking forward to new beginnings.

      My wonderful family will be visiting us so I count my blessings!

      My next hubpage is on it's way as this is one community I cherish being a part of.

      Have a nice day and hope pain is not with you today!

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      I've heard of white tea, green tea, and all sorts of tea. But this one is new for me. I have to check it out.

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      You must be tired to see me coming around. This is now the third time I visit this lovely hub of yours. Lol! However, I just wanted to come by and wish you and your husband a safe and happy trip, and move back to South Africa. If I remember correctly, you said you were leaving Australia on Saturday, the 7th.

      I know you have so many mixed emotions right now. Leaving your children, grandchildren and friends behind are never easy. If it's of any consolation to you, I just wanted you to know, that I'll be thinking of you. I wish you a safe trip and a happy reunion with a country that once was part of your life.

      I hope when you have settled down, you will yet again, start writing and share your wisdom and beauty with the rest of us. To tell you the truth, I have missed you. Hugs from Greece!!

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      iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

      LadyLyell, I took your advice and read some hubs that would cheer me up :) This hub on tea will benefit my boyfriend and connoisseur of tea! I voted up and shared this with him! I like how you made me aware it was available on too.

      Thank you for all of your help! I would love to chat again via email too! Keep me posted on your move back to Africa :)

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      L.L. I hope that you do come across rooibos one day as it is healthy making it possible to drink as many cups in a day you wish. It would be available in a South African food outlet.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      I have heard that rooibos is available in many countries now and here in Australia there are a range of brands.

      Your comment is appreciated.

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      molometer 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I used to drink this everyday in SA, we are getting it in the Uk now too. Very healthy drink.

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'm pretty much a "tea virgin," having been exposed to only Lipton and Nestea (maybe a bit of an exaggeration), but have never heard of rooibos. With all its nutritious virtues and the absence of caffeine, it sounds like something I can make part of my bedtime routine.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      What an observation,hunger from rooibos!

      I will watch myself for that one.

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub.

      Have a nice day!

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      Jason Menayan 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Love the taste of rooibos tea. When I lived in the Netherlands, I would drink it all the time. I stopped when I realized it was making me hungry (not sure why).

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a tea that I have never tried but you have sparked my interest. It is certainly packed with health benefits from what you listed. Thanks for this information! Up and interesting votes.

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      LadyLyell, I have to come back and refresh my memory. Thank you for the "Virtual tour" and thank you again for your insight knowledge on this delicious tea.

      I will share this informative hub for others to enjoy!

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      avorodisa, thanks for your comment. Rooibos certainly is a nice drink!

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      LadyLyell 6 years ago from George, South Africa

      Now that's what I call timing! While enjoying a cup of rooibos you read my hubpage confirming it's goodness and flavor. Thank you for the compliment on my writing of this subject. I enjoy writing but as I am relatively new at writing hubpages my confidence is still building.

      I have had the pleasure of visiting your country a few times and loved all that it had to offer. What a lifestyle!

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      Sarena 6 years ago

      My favourite tea, thanks for sharing all the benefits of this delicious tea

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      Anna Sidorova 6 years ago from Russia

      Nice drink!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      I'm actually sitting here drinking this wonderful beverage with a dollop of honey while reading your very

      well written and informative hub about rooibos.

      Rooibos is so delicious and healthy!

      Thank you for a very enjoyable time while drinking my cup of rooibos.