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The health benefits of Rooibos Tea (also known as Red Bush Tea) have been known in South Africa for centuries and the word is spreading. While the medical world is only now starting to conduct human trials on the benefits of Rooibos (numerous trials on rats have already shown the great benefits of Rooibos), the local Khoisan people of the area where Rooibos is found in South Africa have always known of its medicinal benefits.

Some of the reasons why Rooibos Tea is so healthy are:

  • It has a low tannin content (1 - 4%)
  • It contains no caffeine
  • It is virtually kilojoule free (if milk and sugar is not added of course)
  • It contains no colourants, additives or preservatives

Rooibos has been known to have the following medical benefits:

  • Rooibos can act as a digestive aid, relieving stomach cramps. In fact, Rooibos tea has been used to treat colic in babies in South Africa for generations
  • Rooibos is used for treating asthma, hay fever and eczema
  • Rooibos is believed to boost the immune system
  • Placed directly on the skin (such as when used in soap), Rooibos can slow the ageing process and has been known to make the skin less sensitive to damage from the sun
  • Rooibos has been recommended in treatment of patients with liver disease (as per findings published in the Journal of Physiology Research in 2004)
  • In studies on rats, research has found that Rooibos has benefits for brain tissue and this could possibly lead to treatment of Alzeheimer's Disease with Rooibos
Go to our links page to find web references to websites with further reading on the health benefits of Rooibos.