Learn about Rooibos

Rooibos is gaining increasing popularity in modern times, but its history is far from modern. Why has it come to be so loved by the South African people, and why should you make it a part of your diet?

History of Rooibos

(ROY-bos) plant grows exclusively in the Cederberg region of the North Western Cape in the Southern part of Africa. Rooibos as it has come to be known, is an anglicized version of the original name in Afrikaans, translated as Red Bush. Its first known usage was by the Khoisan people of Southern Africa. The Khoisan people had identified and exploited its medical benefits, and had made it a part of their daily routine way before the Europeans arrived in South Africa.

In 1772, the Rooibos plant was ‘discovered’ by Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg upon his visit to South Africa, who noted that the country people made tea from a “red bush”. Its taste, medical usefulness, and ease of access made it a big hit among Dutch settlers, who used it as an alternative to the traditional black teas. Rooibos achieved popularity when Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian immigrant, begun marketing it as a herbal alternative to the traditional black teas. Replicating the Chinese method of making herbal teas, he made Rooibos a commercial success, producing it in larger quantities than ever before. But the best was yet to come. With the scarcity of black teas during the World War II, Rooibos became even more popular.

Brewing and Enjoyment

The brewing of Rooibos is done using only the leaves of the red bush. These leaves are harvested green, bruised by cutting or chopping, and then fermented naturally in the sun till they are red. Rooibos’ rich flavors and unique red color are a result of the natural oxidation of flavonoids and polyphenols. After this, the "tea" is extracted by brewing and enjoyed by lovers of natural, healthy teas.

Health Benefits of Rooibos Teas

The health benefits of Rooibos are numerous and diverse. Because it is absolutely free from caffeine and low in tannin content, it lacks most of the snags of black teas. In fact, Rooibos is not a "tea" in the true sense of the word, it is a herb with multi-faceted benefits. Some of its benefits include cures for eczema, bone weakness, insomnia, and hypertension. It is rich in potassium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium. While it contains antioxidants like phenolic compounds, nothofagin, and aspalathin. Rich in polyphenol antioxidants, hydroxy acid, and zinc, Rooibos is great for the skin. It’s skin benefits include elimination of acne and sunburn, and lightening of wrinkles. The anti-inflammatory properties of these polyphenols assists in preventing heart related diseases, such as high blood pressure and hypertension. The presence of calcium, manganese, and fluoride minerals helps maintain your bone health and structure. Some of its other benefits include promoting hair growth and strengthening the hair, balancing of blood sugar and serving as a shield against Diabetes type II, and easing of stomach cramps and abdominal pains. It is also good for infant health such as colic and stomach cramping. 

We offer organic Rooibos and the popular Rooibos Chai, shop now.  We offer a variety of of loose leaf Rooibos Teas!

Read more about Rooibos Loose Leaf Teas 

Read about Rooibos on Wikipedia

Read about health Benefits from NIH

Rooibos - "Red Leaf" Loose-Leaf Tea

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African Autumn - Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
The famed mild-yet-substantial Rooibos blends of South Africa make for transportative experiences no matter what other flavors find their way into the blend. This tea is instantly recognizable as rooibos – which makes for all the more fun and skill when blends are based on this red leaf. And when they work, there's little to match their fragrant plainsland richness. Honey and heat, air and aroma. Autumn below the Sahara. If that sounds like the ideal way to experience a lush, slyly complex tea, then you'll want to pay close attention to this singular rooibos. With the viscosity and warmth found only in rooibos, African Autumn takes its flavor collection to some unexpected places: allowing for orange and cranberry to bring a citrus-sweet roundness to the flavor. Naturally caffeine-free, this is a bracing tisanal that brings to mind the plainslands where the famous red bushes grow. The ingenuity of adding sweet orange and tart cranberry makes for a strident, if...
Belgian Chocolate - Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
A supple, vitamin-rich, fat-free Rooibos base meets a cacao infusion and the results are as tantalizing as the blend of South African and Belgian implies. Calendula flower petals add to the unique, brassy, rich flavor collection as a whole. Cederberg is known for the lingering, incomparable flavor of its Rooibos leaves. This “red bush” is known to South Africans as a relaxant, antioxidant, and provider of a flush, melty flavor. In this case, the always-blendable Rooibos loose tea plays off of the coal-ish, insular pleasures of cacao to form what is often described as a “truffle” note. A medium-flavored "red tea", Belgian Chocolate is a quirky treat, especially for those who have already discovered the pleasures of Rooibos. Perfect as a luxury loose tea (and perennial gift favorite), Belgian Chocolate is a tea to be savored. Which makes it such a pleasant surprise that its lineup of health benefits includes an impressively-broad vitamin scale. Whether you're celebrating...
Bourbon St. Vanilla - Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
Rooibos, on it's own, has a subtle, earthy flavor, like the smell of your backyard just after it rains.  This subtle flavor makes a marvelously malleable base upon which a skilled hand can craft remarkably imaginative flavors.  Flavors like Bourbon St. Vanilla.  Bourbon St. Vanilla: Hailing from Cederberg, South Africa, this Roibos-based tea brings a sense of discovery to its calming herbal blend. Long known in South Africa for its antioxidant properties and its calming effects on the mind; Bourbon St. Vanilla's name speaks to its well-traveled origins. Roobios' ability to blend is exemplified in the natural vanilla flavoring that rides on top of delicate notes sifted into the tea's almond layers.   A medium-flavored "red" tea, Bourbon St. Vanilla will delight the collection of those familiar with Roobios. For the tea-lover looking to become acquainted with the Roobios branch of tisanes: Bourbon St. Vanilla offers a flavor-focused entry point into...
Caffeine Free Hot Cinnamon Spice - Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 9.50
It's so good we got it in Caffeine Free Too. If you're a fan of the Decaf or Caffeinated version of Hot Cinnamon Spice, here is yet one more option for you. This is  Caffeine Free Version.  There is a difference between Caffeine Free and Decaf is subtle but for those of you tea drinkers who has a caffeine sensitivity know exactly what we're talking about. If you want to learn more about the subtle differences read this blog article. About Hot Cinnamon Spice  This tea has the herbal tea Rooibos as its base loose tea.  Rooibos, which is sometimes called "Red Tea" is naturally caffeine free and is noted for its many healthy qualities including strong aniti-oxidants to protect your body.  Added on top of this base loose tea is cinnamon for a savory spicy taste and Cloves for natural calorie sweetness. The two spices give this tea a...
Caramel Rooibos - Organic Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
Settle in for a session with our house Caramel Rooibos, and prepare to be surprised. Among the benefits of this organic herbal tea are its rich texture, memorable blend of dessert flavors; and yet also a lightness that renders it satisfying but not overly filling. Not bad for a blend that also adds some elemental health benefits to the mix. But this isn't just any sweet caramel creme blend. This is a daring and bold rooibos mix with all of the richness and curious viscosity of the red-bush base taking charge as the sweet notes playfull round out the full flavored satisfying, lingering finish. This ruddy, delicious blend boasts two simple favorites meeting in every sip. Rooibos, Afrikaans for Red Bush, is often lauded as a plainsland tea devoid of the fussier aspects of a fruit blend and more interesting than a classic black. We think that every tea has commendable...
Chocolate Mint -Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
A caffeine free tea - a real treat with its combo of chocolate and mint. Minted fresh. Rolling out of obscurity; here is the final word on all things flavorful. Perhaps. Because the order of taste belongs to tried and true schema. Thus a rich mint infusion of Chocolate Mint Rooibos may prove more preferential than a plain cup. Why not try it. Its a caffeine free tea, zero calorie dessert in a cup. With the storied Rooibos at its core, Chocolate Mint stands to reason: both in terms of its primary collection and its flavor profile as a whole. You couldn't manufacture this if you wanted to: a deep Rooibos flavor; red in its appearance and full in its richness. Infused with a crisp mint. An unexpected visitor bringing a cool mist to the table even as chocolate fills it out. The final product is mellow and indescribable. Try to have someone put...
Gentle Slumber - Loose Organic Herbal Tea
$ 8.00
Gentle Slumber - organic herbal loose leaf tea This blend of rooibos, chamomile and peppermint is a powerful mix of herbs known for their calming effects.  Chamomile is the ancient herb from the Roman empire and has been used to bring about restful sleep. You can actually see whole chamomile flowers in the herbal tea blend.  Rooibos is a relative new arrival, only used in the last 200 years as a tisane.  Grown only in the Cederberg, South Africa, rooibos is naturally caffeine free, and is loaded with anti-oxidants, which helps prevent many diseases. It is the reddish brown leaves in this tisane. The last ingredient, Peppermint has a huge calming effect on the stomach as a digestive aid and gives this tea a nice bright lingering finish. Peppermint is the green leaves in the tisane. Enjoy this tea to bring calmness to your day or just prior to bedtime. Because...
Heaven On Earth - Organic Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
This tea is everything the title suggests; "Heaven on Earth"! This is a rooibos tea that hails from South Africa. It is the most perfect blend of bitterness from a licorice component that finishes impeccably with the sweet citrus of orange peel. Also, not only is rooibos known for it's numerous health benefits, but it is also caffeine free! This means that you can enjoy your own personal Heaven on Earth at all hours! Base leaf: Organic Rooibos. Other organic herbal ingredients - Peppermint, Licorice, Golden Raisins, Orange Peels, Anise Seed. Health properties: Mineral-rich, stomach-positive, skin-positive. Flavor strength: Moderate yet interesting. Caffeine: None.
Rooibos (Red Tea) - Organic Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
A stimulant-free tea with surprising, robust “Red-Bush” texture that Rooibos lovers will delight in – this Organic Rooibos loose tea is a textbook success, proving that if it isn't broken: you don't need to fix it. First, it's that indefinable something that makes Rooibos such a coveted leaf. South African with plainsland pleasure coming through with every sip – Rooibos brushes over the clarity of traditional blacks and the herbish aftertaste of greens with its own unique flavor collection. Somewhat melty, more of a “tongue taste” than a “throat taste”, Rooibos has to be tasted to be understood. Furthermore, Rooibos' laudable effects on health include rich mineral content, proven anti-oxidants, skin-promoting content, and stomach-settling properties. Now, that can be done with delicious directness as this organic caffeine-free tisanal gets right to the point. Fructose-noted, full-flavored, and nearly impossible to over-steep, this is a hard-working tea that reminds us that some luxuries are hard won and come from...
Rooibos Chai - Organic Loose Rooibos Tea
$ 8.00
A caffeine free tea with a generous blend of warm soulful Masala spices. From India we welcome chai in all of her  cardamom-flecked glory, wrenching heat-grown spices to a dry twist. And as a base?  The ineffable rusty rooibos. Herbal, ruddy, it color ready to spread throughout a cup of hot water. The two together form a rustic, plainlands kind of tea. This blend is spiced and earthy, a full collection for grown-ups, though in its naturally herbal state, it can be enjoyed by anybody. Indeed,  its airy fullness will be sure to draw rooibos lovers and chai lovers alike, let alone anyone with an adventurous love for tisanals of every kind. Cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg all also play into this typically hearty chai. With a rooibos base rather than black leaves; it's free to balance its strength with clarity and color. And just look at it: flush with its signature leafy...

Learn about Rooibos

Rooibos is gaining increasing popularity in modern times, but its history is far from modern. Why has it come to be so loved by the South African people, and why should you make it a part of your diet?

History of Rooibos

(ROY-bos) plant grows exclusively in the Cederberg region of the North Western Cape in the Southern part of Africa. Rooibos as it has come to be known, is an anglicized version of the original name in Afrikaans, translated as Red Bush. Its first known usage was by the Khoisan people of Southern Africa. The Khoisan people had identified and exploited its medical benefits, and had made it a part of their daily routine way before the Europeans arrived in South Africa.

In 1772, the Rooibos plant was ‘discovered’ by Swedish naturalist Carl Thunberg upon his visit to South Africa, who noted that the country people made tea from a “red bush”. Its taste, medical usefulness, and ease of access made it a big hit among Dutch settlers, who used it as an alternative to the traditional black teas. Rooibos achieved popularity when Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian immigrant, begun marketing it as a herbal alternative to the traditional black teas. Replicating the Chinese method of making herbal teas, he made Rooibos a commercial success, producing it in larger quantities than ever before. But the best was yet to come. With the scarcity of black teas during the World War II, Rooibos became even more popular.

Brewing and Enjoyment

The brewing of Rooibos is done using only the leaves of the red bush. These leaves are harvested green, bruised by cutting or chopping, and then fermented naturally in the sun till they are red. Rooibos’ rich flavors and unique red color are a result of the natural oxidation of flavonoids and polyphenols. After this, the "tea" is extracted by brewing and enjoyed by lovers of natural, healthy teas.

Health Benefits of Rooibos Teas

The health benefits of Rooibos are numerous and diverse. Because it is absolutely free from caffeine and low in tannin content, it lacks most of the snags of black teas. In fact, Rooibos is not a "tea" in the true sense of the word, it is a herb with multi-faceted benefits. Some of its benefits include cures for eczema, bone weakness, insomnia, and hypertension. It is rich in potassium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium. While it contains antioxidants like phenolic compounds, nothofagin, and aspalathin. Rich in polyphenol antioxidants, hydroxy acid, and zinc, Rooibos is great for the skin. It’s skin benefits include elimination of acne and sunburn, and lightening of wrinkles. The anti-inflammatory properties of these polyphenols assists in preventing heart related diseases, such as high blood pressure and hypertension. The presence of calcium, manganese, and fluoride minerals helps maintain your bone health and structure. Some of its other benefits include promoting hair growth and strengthening the hair, balancing of blood sugar and serving as a shield against Diabetes type II, and easing of stomach cramps and abdominal pains. It is also good for infant health such as colic and stomach cramping. 

We offer organic Rooibos and the popular Rooibos Chai, shop now.  We offer a variety of of loose leaf Rooibos Teas!

Read more about Rooibos Loose Leaf Teas 

Read about Rooibos on Wikipedia

Read about health Benefits from NIH