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Red Tea for Health

Updated on May 7, 2015

Red Rooibus Tea is great for you!

Rooibus (pronounced "roy-boss") tea is a great drink for everyone. It is naturally caffeine free. Rooibus is not actually a tea, but an herb according to the South African Rooibus Council. It is made from the South African Red Bush, and it is also called Red Tea, Redbush Tea, Mountain Tea, Bush Tea or African Red Tea. The tea is made from harvesting then grinding and bruising the leaves from the African Red Bush. The leaves are then left to ferment and dry to form a needle-like reddish-brown tea. This tea has a naturally sweet, almost nutty flavor. Drinking Rooibus tea has a number of natural health benefits and medicinal uses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that Rooibus Red Tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart disease, aging and other setbacks. Rooibus also comes in a Green Tea (which does not contain the fermentation step in processing). (photo courtesy of blessedmombygrace)

Health Benefits of Red Rooibus Tea

Red Rooibus tea is one of the best beverages for health conscious individuals. It contains no caffeine at all and has many benefits for rooibus tea drinkers. Some of these are as follows:

  • Rich in many minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, zinc, alpha hydroxy, and magnesium
  • Useful for infants who suffer from colic
  • Alpha hydroxl acid and zinc in rooibus are great for your skin. You can also apply tea bags or tea powder directly to your skin to relieve acne and sunburn
  • Rich in anti-spasmodic agents so it helps alleviate stomach cramps and abdominal pain
  • Found to soothe the body's reaction to allergies and rashes
  • Contains many flavenoids (free-radical fighting antioxidents)--even more than green tea
  • Contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-mutagenic properties
  • Naturally low in tannin and contains no oxalic acid
  • Boosts the body's immune system
  • Reduces headaches, insomnia, and irritability

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Red Tea is great because you can drink it all day long with no side effects from caffeine. It is perfect for pregnant and nursing women. You can have a cup before bed to relax. You can make a cup for your kids.

A Brief History of Red Tea

Rooibus is gaining in popularity

Rooibus tea was probably first harvested by indigenous Bushmen of the Cederburg region of South Africa. The leaves were used for herbal remedies by the Khoisans who loved the delicious taste. The tea almost died out with the diminishing of the Khoisans, but a botanist named Carl Humburg found the leaves in 1772. In 1904 a Russian immigrant who was in the tea manufacturing business began marketing the tea as "Mountain Tea," an herbal alternative to other teas available at the time. During World War II, importing tea from Asian countries was nearly impossible. Rooibus tea became an excellent alternative and was shipped around the world. However, because of the scarcity of the plants and the high prices of rooibus seeds, rooibus tea was still difficult to buy and enjoy. Then in the late 1960s, Annique Theron (an African mother) stumbled upon rooibus tea's ability to calm and soothe her irritable baby who was suffering from colic and insomnia. Theron investigated and documented the red tea's health promoting properties. She published a book called "Allergies: An Amazing Discovery" in 1970. With this book, rooibus became recognized world-wide. Red tea is gaining in popularity. Will it eventually gain first place for tea of choice over green tea or white tea? Time will tell. Rooibus is already a hit with several Hollywood stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas who served rooibus flavored ice cream at their wedding. Angelina Jolie, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Cindy Crawford are also fans of this tea. (photo courtesy of creative commons at moonlightbulb.)

Ready to pour yourself a nice cup of red rooibus tea?

Here's my cup of red tea just waiting for me! I feel better already!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting history about the tea.

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      Annamadagan 4 years ago

      I've never tried red tea, but it looks very interesting!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Like everything I see these days--I saw this on Dr. Oz... ;) Tried it and loved it!

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Yes, I love tea! I was considering the tea tasting last week, but my mom and I made frames instead. I'll have to look for this one. :)

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      Kellenmadagan7 4 years ago

      I like hot chocolate

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      brmadagan 4 years ago

      I like peppermint tea