Tea obtained from the leaves of the Rooibos plant, also known as “Red Shrub”, which is grown in South Africa, is called Rooibos tea. Rooibos tea has nothing to do with the tea plant we know. However, with its aromatic taste and no caffeine, many brands have offered Rooibos teas to the market as an alternative to black and green tea in recent years. It grows in Cederberg, a small mountainous region of Western Cape in South Africa. Rooibos, a shrub-shaped plant, undergoes fermentation during processing, thus giving a red-brown color. On the other hand, the green one of the rooibos tea has not undergone fermentation. Red rooibos tea is sweet and fragrant, while green rooibos tea tastes herbal.
The growing area of the Rooibos plant is quite narrow. Although experts in the past have carried out various studies in countries such as the USA, Australia, and China, efforts have yielded negative results. The fact that climate change is experiencing today threatens the life of this plant growing in such a narrow area.
Rooibos plant contains more antioxidants than green tea. Thanks to its antioxidants, it provides protection against cancer by strengthening the immune system when consumed regularly. In general, it helps prevent problems such as insomnia, tension, and high blood pressure thanks to its relaxing feature. Rooibos, which contains manganese, calcium, and fluoride, also helps strengthen bones and teeth and helps to reduce rheumatic complaints. Thanks to the potassium it contains, it has an antispasmodic feature. It has the ability to soothe pain related to cramps such as stomach pain and menstrual pain. It relaxes the digestive system. The rooibos plant also contains an antioxidant called aspalathin, which also has an anti-diabetic effect. Diabetics can consume to balance sugar in the body.
How to drink Rooibos tea?
A teaspoon of rooibos leaves is placed in the porcelain or glass teapot for each glass of boiled water. After adding hot water to the plants, the tea is brewed for 6-8 minutes. You can also add some warm milk or honey/sugar optionally. Since it is a naturally sweet plant, we recommend you taste it before adding sugar.