A native inhabitants of South Africa region due to it health benefits called this tea as "tea of life".
Caffeine free – The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine. This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink it, including children & pregnant women. The other key benefit of no caffeine is that it can be consumed in unrestricted amounts. Some South African’s will consume 5-6 cups per day. Health benefits of drinking rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies. As it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink Rooibos tea.
Contains powerful antioxidants –Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin (a flavonoid not present in any other plant) and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea. These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties. High mineral content –that are vital to health. These include: magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium & manganese (essential for strong teeth and bones), zinc (important for metabolism) and iron (critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen making a great thirst quencher and ingredient in sports drinks. Rooibos is also as hydrating like water, therefore counts towards yours recommend 8 glasses a day.
Improves circulation –antioxidant in Rooibos tea called Chysoeriol can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking Rooibos Tea also has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Relieves stomach complaints – As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin. It has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion. Flavonoids are known help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies Aids absorption of iron –Rooibos Tea benefits and supports the body in absorbing iron. It contains less than half the tannins of black tea.
Can relieve skin conditions –Rooibos tea contains phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.
Encourages restful sleep –to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it’s known to help people to feel calm and relaxed.
In South Africa, it is common to prepare rooibos tea in the same manner as black tea: add milk and sugar to taste. Other methods include a slice of lemon and using honey instead of sugar to sweeten