Brewed with water at 90 Degrees, let the flower unfurl do not remove flower. This is can be steeped a number of times.
Experience the spirit of South Africa with our Rooibos Tea Bags. Cherish its extraordinarily herbaceous flavours combined with earthy notes and woody, almost nutty undertones. Best of all, enjoy it with great convenience in Tea Bag form - 50 times over!
This Herbal Tea remains one of our best sellers. We pack it fresh to order here in our Pluckley-based factory, a village nestled within the stunning vistas of the Kentish countryside. This guarantees not only quality but also consistency.
What is Rooibos?
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) grows exclusively in the Cederberg region of South Africa, located in the Western Cape province. Conditions in the Cederberg region change dramatically, with summers experiencing temperatures of above 40 C and winter temperatures dipping below freezing. This, unsurprisingly, makes Rooibos a very hardy and versatile plant!
Rooibos Tea goes by many names. This includes Redbush Tea, Bush Tea and Red Tea. Contrary to popular belief, Honeybush Tea is a different Tea to Rooibos, despite sharing some similarities. The most notable similarity is that both Rooibos and Honeybush share a closely-knit history with the indigenous populations of South Africa.
History of Rooibos
The Khoisan people consumed Rooibos long before colonial times. They were the first to recognise Rooibos Tea benefits, which they applied to their daily lives. However, the arrival of the British and Dutch threatened the Khoisan culture.
European settlers encroached on Khoisan territories. As a result, their way of life diminished significantly. By the 18th Century, few people knew of any traditions associated with the Khoisans. This, unfortunately, included Rooibos Tea.
Thankfully, a Swedish botanist named Carl Peter Thunberg rediscovered Rooibos in 1772. In time, he played a vital role in reviving a more widespread interest in the Tea. This interest eventually spread outside of South Africa to Europe.
In 1904, a Russian immigrant named Benjamin Ginsberg, who had ties with Tea manufacturing, saw the true potential of Rooibos. He rebranded the beverage as "Mountain Tea", marketing it as a Herbal alternative to Black or Green Tea.
Rooibos Tea became popular again among the Allies of the Second World War (1939-1945). This was because of the Japanese occupation of China, which led to difficulty importing Black or Green Tea. While Britain looked to India for much of its Tea, Rooibos also had a notable role.
During this period, the price of Rooibos Tea soared. This, in turn, led to limited availability. Indeed, when the war ended, it took a while for the Rooibos industry to recover.
Dr. Annique Theron and Rooibos Tea
No one had such a remarkable influence on the story of Rooibos as Dr Annique Theron (1929-2016). Thanks to her, we now fully understand Rooibos Tea benefits. However, her amazing discovery was by pure accident!
In April 1967, Annique Theron's 14-month-old daughter, Lorinda, was suffering from colic brought about from allergies. No remedy seemed to ease her baby's discomfort. In her desperation, Annique decided to try adding Rooibos Tea to her breath milk to aid her sleep-deprived child.
It proved unbelievably successful. Lorinda slept for 3 hours straight - something she had never before achieved. And it was all thanks to Rooibos Tea. The following year, Annique published "Allergies: An Amazing Discovery". That discovery still holds credit to this day.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Origin: The Cederberg region, Western Cape province, South Africa.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Some add lemon; some add honey. Most, however, prefer it served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Rooibos offers tastes like no other Herbal Tea. It boasts refined earthy notes with refreshing nutty undertones.
Colour in Cup: Ruby liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea
50 years after the late Dr Theron's works and we're still marvelling at Rooibos Tea benefits. The herb can treat headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, hypertension, allergies and even premature ageing. This is according to the latest scientific research.
Furthermore, it contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals. This includes iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid. Most famous, Rooibos is entirely caffeine free and low in tannins, making it an excellent alternative to so-called "real" Tea.
Health PointsCholesterol, Detox, Digestive, Heart, Hydration, Immune System, Refreshing, Relaxing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening