History and benefits of rooibos

Do you know rooibos? This infusion that is also called red tea wrongly and you will understand why! 

Rooibos or Aspalathus linearis is a small shrub of about 1 meter that grows exclusively in South Africa in the Cederberg reserve. With the help of its fine needle-like leaves, an infusion can be created. This tea is the national drink of South Africa where it was traditionally consumed for its many medicinal properties. The word "rooibos" means "red bush" in Afrikaans and this is not a coincidence: indeed the leaves of rooibos are red!  

In France, the drink made from rooibos is sometimes called "red tea", but this is an illusion. They are simply not tea leaves. 

The "real" tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. This includes black teas, green teas, white teas, yellow teas, Oolong and Pu Erh. Officially, Pu Erh tea is the only tea that can be called "red tea". 

Traditionally rooibos tea is created from fermented leaves, which gives it that red-brown color. If the leaves are not fermented then the rooibos will have a color rather similar to green tea.

Rooibos is a drink with multiple benefits. 

Its high content of polyphenols helps to fight against cell aging and cholesterol. Very rich in minerals, it improves the health of bones, hair and skin. With a high content of flavonoids, rooibos can calm gastrointestinal pain and promote digestion. It is therefore perfect to be enjoyed after heavy meals and improve your digestive comfort! In South Africa, women traditionally use it warm to soothe their babies' colic. 

It also helps to soothe skin irritations and allergies such as eczema thanks to its high zinc content. 

And that's not all, very rich in fluoride it helps promote dental health! The fluorine fixes itself on the teeth and strengthens them to fight against aggressions and bacteria. And second positive point, the rooibos does not contain theine contrary to the tea so it does not stain your teeth!  

Finally, rooibos is nutritionally rich: potassium, calcium, magnesium but also trace elements such as manganese and copper! Rooibos also promotes the assimilation of iron, so it is particularly recommended for pregnant women and people suffering from anemia. Moreover it is recommended to consume it during the winter period, it will help you to stay in good shape and fight against fatigue. 

Rooibos does not contain any theine or caffeine, so you can consume it at any time of the day, its soothing virtues can also facilitate sleep. 

In short, in addition to being delicious, rooibos is your ideal health ally!

How to brew rooibos? 

For the preparation, we advise you to brew your rooibos in a simmering water between 85° and 90°C. For the infusion time it depends, but the average is 3 minutes! What is sure is that it contains no theine and therefore no tannins. There is no risk that it will develop a bitterness if you let it brew too long! 

Discover the rooibos

Fruity, gourmet or natural, you will find your happiness among our rooibos. 

If you like fruity flavours, let yourself be tempted by our classic creations: Rooibos Fraise,  Rooibos Orange, Rooibos Citron. 

If you are looking for more original blends, try Rooibos des Tropiques, Rooibos Fruits & Fleurs du Soleil and Rooibos à la Folie! And with the end of year celebrations approaching, try our Hiver Austral ! 

If you are more of a gourmet, discover our Rooibos Vanille or our Rooibos Crème Caramel. For a moment of pure pleasure and greed. 

You prefer an unflavoured infusion? To feel and appreciate the natural taste of rooibos? Discover the Green Rooibos, a rooibos infusion with unfermented leaves. 

Finally, if you are looking for organic products, our range of organic rooibos is growing! Discover the Rooibos des Tropiques in an organic version! 

All you have to do is make your choice! 

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