Redbush (Rooibos) - single portion - tea bags sealed in FOIL envelopes - fresh everytime
Rooibos is grown only in a small area in the region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Generally, the leaves are oxidised; this process produces the distinctive reddish-brown colour of rooibos and enhances the flavour.
In South Africa it is common to prepare rooibos tea in the same manner as black tea; add milk and sugar to taste. Other methods include a slice of lemon and using honey instead of sugar to sweeten.
Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health concious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidised black tea or unoxidised green tea leaves.
Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones and dihydrochalcones.
Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.
Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems.