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Rooitea also called “Rooibos”, “Rooibush”, “African Red Tea” or “Red Bush.” It grows on the Cedarburg Mountains in Cape Town, South Africa. Only local mountain people consumed Rooibos, until 1904, when it was ‘discovered’ by Benjamin Ginsberg, an immigrant from Russia. Upon harvesting, the green leaves turn dark red while undergoing a fermentation process; this helps enhance the teas flavour. The final process involves spreading the leaves out in the sun to dry.

Rooitea can be served in many different ways. It can be consumed with nothing added, or with some milk, honey, lemon or sugar. It can also be served both hot and cold or mixed with fruit juice. Drinking Rooitea in the evening aids in relaxation and helps a person sleep.

Rooitea would definitely be one of the first choices of tea for health conscious people. Not only is it caffeine-free, but it also provides calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, manganese and sodium. Since rooitea contains no oxalic acid, people suffering from kidney stones can consume it freely.

Rooitea not only helps to relieve headache, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression, hypertension, stomach cramps and colic but also helps to alleviate stomach and indigestive problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn and stomach ulcers.
Honeybush has similar appearance and flavour as Rooitea except that it tastes slightly sweeter and its flowers emit a ‘honey’ scent. Honeybush is harvested during the flowering season and can be served either hot or cold. It is also a caffeine-free drink and contains many vitamins and minerals making it a great choice for health conscience tea drinkers.

Here's how Rooibos Tea is Made:

Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) was first used by indigenous South African's when they mashed the stems and leaves of the rooibos plants with hammers. They then left the remains of the rooibos plants to ferment in the sun, and created a flavourful drink from that result.

That same drink was then discovered and reported in 1772 by botanist Carl Humberg.

Unfortunately, at the time, the wide variety of the healing powers of the plant were left unknown, and it simply became popular because of its mouth-watering taste.

In present day Rooibos is tea grown in the Cedarberg region near the Cape of South Africa and harvested during the summer from a hardy evergreen bush. The tea is then bruised and cut.

In the fermenting process the Rooibos is laid out in the open air and left to dry in the sunlight.

Fermentation turns the tea red and has earned it the nickname "red bush".

Finally Rooibos is sterilized by steam, dried and sifted.

Rooibos Tea and Health:

Studies show that rooibos contains comparable amounts of polyphenols to green tea and shows anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. Rooibos, unlike black and green tea is completely caffeine-free! It is a completely natural beverage with no additives or preservatives. Studies conducted in South Africa and Japan show that Rooibos can aid in health problems such as, irritability, headaches, nervous tension, insomnia and hypertension. It is also shown to relieve stomach cramping, acne and colic in infants. Rooibos contains the minerals, copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese, alpha- hydroxy (for healthy skin) and magnesium (for the nervous system). Rooibos can be enjoyed by everyone, including infants, children, pregnant women and people suffering from kidney stones.

Making that perfect cup of Tea

Just as there are hundreds of Tea flavours, there are a number of different ways to prepare tea. We believe in keeping the process simple. Due to the nature, and balance of Tea, we suggest using a Tea ball, Tea Press or strainer, infusing 1 cup of boiling water for each level tea spoon of tea, and letting that steep for 3 minutes. Simple! That being said, feel free to adjust to your own taste!