Rooibos – Aspalathus linearis
Afrikaans for “red bush”, rooibos is traditionally drunk as a tea throughout South Africa. There are a number of research projects being carried out as to the medical benefits of rooibos.
Rooibos is grown only in the Cedarberg area in the North Western Cape of South Africa. Efforts to cultivate rooibos in other areas or countries with similar climates have failed. Apparently rooibos needs a very specific climate and soil to grow. Rooibos tea has always been very popular in South Africa. Rooibos tea is much appreciated because it does not contain caffeine and is low in tannins.
Rooibos is the only known source of the phytochemical, aspalathin, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Because rooibos contains no caffeine, it is suited for pregnant women, babies and children. The low level of tannins in rooibos will prevent problems with iron absorption.
- Powerful antioxidant
- Nervous tension
- Infant colic