What is so special about Rooibos?
Rooibos is an Afrikaans word that means 'red bush'. It is a scrubby plant indigenous only to South Africa and only in the Cedarberg of the Western Cape. When harvested, the leaves are laid out in the sun to dry and they turn red. This gives the tea its unique red colour and enriches the flavour of the tea. If the leaves are not left to ferment in the sun, they don't turn red and the tea is called Green Rooibos Tea. Green Rooibos Tea is milder in flavour but higher in anti-oxidants.
Yes, Rooibos offers vital health-giving anti-oxidants which combats ageing - and more. Drinking Rooibos tea reduces inflammation in the body. It fights carcinogens. It helps to ease stomach and indigestion problems, and it soothes the central nervous system. Hence, it helps with disturbed sleeping patterns, nervous tension and mild headaches. You can drink it and you can apply it topically to the skin to relieve itching and other skin irritations.
And if all that isn't enough, Rooibos is low in tannin (and so won't interfere with the absorption of iron). It is naturally caffeine free and it contains minerals (iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, manganese, copper and sodium) to maintain healthy skin, teeth, bones and metabolic processes. Rooibos contains no oxalic acid and so can be drunk freely by people suffering from kidney stones.
Now, I would say that is all pretty special. And that is what Annique Theron discovered in 1968. So read on ...