Cederberg, a small mountainous region in the Western Cape province of South Africa is not only beautiful but is also home to the magical healing herb, rooibos. This herb’s fresh needle-like leaves, packed with vitamin C, are used to make a herbal tea called rooibos. Also known as bush tea in Southern Africa or red bush tea in Great Britain, rooibus tea is available in two forms. The fermented version of this tea has a reddish-brown colour, and the unfermented version is green with a malty and slightly grassy flavour. This tea, which has been a beloved drink in South Africa for centuries, has numerous health benefits that make it one of the best beverages to consume. Wondering what these benefits are? Read on.
health benefits of rooibos tea

Rooibos tea is rich in many minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha hydroxy acid. It does not contain caffeine, and has low tannin levels compared to black or green tea. The antioxidants present in rooibos tea boost the strength of the immune system as well as the digestive system, prevent premature ageing and also aid weight loss.

Healthy skin

Rooibos tea contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc, which can reduce the signs of wrinkles, and other premature aging symptoms. Apply some red tea powder on your skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburn or related skin conditions.

No caffeine

Removing caffeine from your diet helps improve your Stress levels, mood, and heart health. Rooibos tea is completely caffeine-free. Drinking it before you go to bed can help you sleep better.

Improves bone health

Rooibos tea contains orientin and luteolin, flavonoids that increase the mineral content in bones. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, and fluoride that help maintain a good bone structure, stronger teeth, and reduce the chances of arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain.

Improves the respiratory system

Rooibos tea is a bronchodilator - a substance that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles and increases airflow to the lungs making breathing easier. With the decrease of resistance in the respiratory airway, it helps combat the symptoms of asthma, and common cardiovascular diseases including atheroschelorsis and heart attacks.

Relieves cramps and pains

This tea is a rich source of antispasmodic agents, which can ease severe stomach cramps and abdominal pains. It activates potassium in the body without antagonizing the activities of calcium. This can reduce the presence of hyperactivity in the gastrointestinal tract, and thus prevent diarrhea and other intestinal issues.

Lowers blood pressure

Rooibos tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension, and high blood pressure. It contains chrysoeriol and quercetin, flavonoids that decrease blood pressure and improve blood circulation.

Controls diabetes

Aspalathin is one of the rare antioxidants found in rooibos tea can help balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance and glucose absorption by the muscles, and boost insulin secretion from the pancreas.

Improves heart health

Quercetin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant found in rooibos tea, reduces blood pressure and hunts free radicals. It increases the HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and prevents the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of arteries and blood vessels, protecting you from heart attacks, strokes and several heart conditions.

Treats allergies

Quercetin is known to block the immune cells that trigger allergic reactions. In many parts of South Africa, rooibos tea is seen as an effective curative to treat allergies like eczema, hay fever, and allergy-related bronchitis.