Rooibos

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What is Rooibos?

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a tisane or infusion unique to the Western Cape of South Africa, where it has been used since the 19th Century for medicinal purposes. Rooibos is naturally caffeine free and contains no additives, preservatives, colorings or oxalic acid.

In 2008 Professor Lizette Joubert of the Agricultural Research Council and Professor Wentzel Gelderblom of the Medical Research Council, along with two more collaborators, published an overview of existing knowledge about the history, cultivation, traditional uses, composition and biological activity of Rooibos and other South African herbal teas. Their 37-page review article was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

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Rooibos Composition

  • Rooibos contains a complex mix of many flavonoids (compounds widely found in plants that are known to have health benefits).
  • Its composition is unique, because it contains aspalathin - to date only isolated from Aspalathus linearis (the botanical name for Rooibos).
  • Aspalathin is important, not only because it is a novel compound, but also because it is the most active antioxidant in Rooibos in many cases.
  • Rooibos also contains the rare flavonoid glucoside nothofagin.
  • Other major phenolic compounds are orientin and iso-orientin, with smaller amounts of vitexin and isovitexin and many more compounds.
  • Rooibos is naturally caffeine free.
  • It is considered a low tannin beverage, especially when compared to Camellia sinensis (black) tea.

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Rooibos Health Benefits

Medical science is only beginning to discover the many health advantages of Rooibos. On-going research and case studies confirm that there seems to be no end to its benefits.

  • Rooibos is completely pure and natural as it contains no additives, preservatives or coloring.
  • Rooibos is naturally caffeine free.
  • Rooibos contains antioxidants that fight free radicals (a by-product of normal cell function), which weaken the body's natural defenses and lead to ageing, the declining of the immune system and the onset of a wide variety of diseases.
  • Rooibos contains alpha hydroxy acid.
  • Rooibos contains no oxalic acid.
  • Rooibos is an excellent thirst-quencher to keep the body hydrated.

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Other Uses for Rooibos

  • Refreshing Treatment: Place cold Rooibos teabags on tired or red eyes to soothe them.
  • Skin: Rooibos is an excellent skin refresher. Wash your face with Rooibos instead of water to improve the complexion and skin tone.
  • Skin: To treat eczema, skin irritations, or diaper rash, apply Rooibos directly to the affected area.
  • Sunburn: Remove the sting from a sunburned skin by soaking in a bath to which you've added a few Rooibos teabags.
  • Sleeplessness: Suffer from insomnia? A cup of Rooibos before bedtime can help promote a good night's rest.
  • Digestive Problems & Colic: Calm down digestive problems and colic in adults and babies with regular Rooibos drinks.
  • Garden: Potted plants flourish on cold Rooibos. Use leftover tea and/or leaves to feed your plants.

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