Western Cape) on the Klein Kliphuis Farm (which literally translated Small Stone
House Farm).

For generations the tea has been used as a home treatment and very few questioned
it's ability to relieve certain ailments. Scientific studies performed over recent years
have proven many of these claims to be true. Rooibos tea is an infusion made with
oxidized leaves of the rooibos plant. It contains two main flavonoids, aspalathin and
nothofagin. Aspalathin is unique to rooibos while nothofagin may also be found in
other plants. The aspalathin in rooibos have been shown to be more effective in
getting rid of free radicals than the EGCG flavonoid found in green tea.

List of Benefits:


Other Health Facts Concerning Rooibos:


Various Other Uses:

Rooibos tea is a favorite in a wide range of skin and beauty products because of its
many therapeutic benefits for the skin. Traditionally Rooibos tea is enjoyed without
milk and sweetened with honey or sugar. However, it does have a naturally sweet
taste and a distinct nutty flavor. A "red espresso" is often enjoyed by the health
conscious, which is a concentrated rooibos served in the ordinary style of espresso. A
"green" rooibos tea is also available which has been shown to have more or less
double the amount of anti-oxidants than the more popular red tea. It is also enjoyed
as an iced tea, but a recent study conducted at the University of Stellenbosch have
indicated that the brewed version of rooibos tea has more evidence of antioxidant
activity than rooibos iced teas:

Not a single brand of commercially-available rooibos iced teas tested for phenolic
quality (a large class of natural compounds found in colourful plants and with
laboratory evidence of antioxidant activity - Wikepedia), compared favourably with a
cup of brewed rooibos. Worse still, six of the eight brands tested showed not the
slightest trace of aspalathin, the antioxidant unique to rooibos.
See original article for relevant links and recipes:
About The Author

Ula is a freelance health and wellness article writer who has 17 years experience in the
health industry and holds a bachelor's degree in science. She lives near Cape Town,
South Africa. Subscribe to free weekly health tips on her website here:
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How Red Rooibos Tea Boosts Your Health
by Ula Berggren-Gillion
For the people of South Africa,
red tea has long been a favorite
natural remedy for various
ailments. The name Rooibos is
literally translated from Afrikaans
as "red bush." This bush is
selective as to where it grows
and is found only in a small area
of the Western Cape in South
Africa, namely the Cederberg
area. It is part of the fynbos
family of this region.

In the 1930's the first rooibos
plants were cultivated in
Clanwilliam (a small town in the
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