Health Benefits Of Rooibos Tea

Health Benefits Of Rooibos Tea

The health benefits of Rooibos tea or red bush tea as it is also known as, are numerous and remarkable.  It is grown from a small shrub, which only thrives in the Cedarberg region near Cape Town.

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10 Health Benefits Of Rooibos Tea

  1. Caffeine free – The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine.  This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine.  It also means that anyone can drink it, including those who do not want to drink caffeine such as children & pregnant women.  The other key benefit of no caffeine is that rooibos tea can be drunk in unrestricted amounts, in fact, the average South African will consume 5-6 cups per day.
  2. Contains powerful antioxidants – Rooibos tea contains a huge array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways.  Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea.  These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals.  These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilise themselves.  The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.
  3. Prevents against some cancers – Some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals.  This is because of the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic properties.  This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.
  4. High mineral content – One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health.  These include: magnesium – essential for the nervous system, calcium & manganese – essential for strong teeth and bones, zinc – important for metabolism and iron – critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen.
  5. Improves circulation – One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol.  It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease.  Drinking rooibos tea also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
  6. Relieves stomach complaints – As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin, it has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion.  This is because the flavonoids help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies.  It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies.  As it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink rooibos tea.
  7. Aids absorption of iron – Unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, rooibos tea supports the body in absorbing iron.  This is because rooibos tea contains less than half the tannins of black tea.
  8. Can relieve skin conditions – A more recent discovery of the benefits of rooibos tea is that it can help you to look more beautiful!  Rooibos tea contains phenyl pyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema.  You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.
  9. Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease – drinking rooibos tea regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation.  This is where free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue.  If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimers.  Laboratory tests on rats showed little difference in brain function from a group of older rats given rooibos tea to the brains of newborn rats.
  10. Encourages restful sleep – One of the many health benefits of rooibos tea is that it can be drunk as often as you wish and at any time of day.  Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia.  Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it helps people to feel calm and relaxed.

We have been drinking rooibos tea for about a year now and absolutely love it.  It does have a slightly different taste but we actually prefer it to standard black tea and it is great to know that it genuinely doing our bodies a lot of good.  The health benefits of rooibos tea are quite extraordinary – why not give it a try today!

Clearly there are numerous benefits of drinking rooibos tea. If you would like to buy some Rooibos tea – we would personally recommend 2 particular brands.  Two of the most popular rooibos teas to buy worldwide are Tick Tock Organic Rooibos Tea or Dragonfly Rooibos Breakfast Tea.

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If you already familiar with the many incredible natural health benefits of rooibos tea then please leave a comment below and let us know what you like best about it – and which brand of tea you like best and why.

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  1. says

    I had no idea that rooibos tea could be consumed in unlimited quantities throughout the day. I enjoy drinking many cups of tea when I’m sick, but usually limit my consumption because I worry about health effects. This is a great alternative. I also read previously that it is good for de-toxifying the liver, is that true?

  2. says

    Hi Lyanna. Red bush tea is known to increase the function of liver detoxifying enzymes and therefore reduces stress in the liver. It has been shown in studies to help redevelop liver cells, where they have been damaged. It is a truly amazing health benefit from a humble cup of tea.

  3. Yaritza says

    Im heading to the local coffee shop for my tea fix… Im changing to a cup of Rooibos ;) I will definitely help me with many others thing than just relaxing with a cup of tea…

  4. says

    I stopped smoking 2 nonths ago and since then do not like the taste of coffee. I started drinking rooibos tea and enjoy it tremendously. I also used to get unsightly and inflamed ‘bumps’ on my scalp which are now a thing of the past and I’m sure I can thank rooibos tea for that.
    Great product!

  5. says

    When I first heard about Rooibos..I was standing looking for it and stated to the person standing beside me in the supermarket, bet it tastes aweful because its so good! went home made my first cup, tentatively took a sip and was totally blown away and now I dont drink anything else! its refreshing doesnt leave ones mouth tasting like a chicken house as most drinks do…plus no caffeine and organic? how good is that…

  6. Muslimah says

    I add a little milk and then it tastes similar to the black English tea I was used to drinking, only better! Sometime I’ll also add a touch of honey.

  7. says

    wow I am amazed with Rooibos tea benefits .. I knew it was good antioxidant tea but the fact that is caffeine-free and increase the function of liver is even better . Tastes odd but i guess it is about to get used to it . thanks for this blog. :)

  8. Chioma says

    Hi, I had my first taste of Rooibos yesterday; have always drunk green tea but got a pack of Rooibos as a gift from my Boss (bless her kind heart), hence my desire to know its health benefits.After all i have read, i am encouraged to go on drinking it. Thanks for the info

  9. yusuf Garba says

    I got to know about Rooibos tea during my trip to South Africa for a conference. Thanks to my friend Dr. Dean whom I always remember at every sip from the cup of tea I prepare every day hencefort.

  10. Maria says

    I’ve been drinking Rooibos tea for years. Initially it was because it was naturally caffeine and recently with all the health benefits. I first bought it when living in Quebec, Canada in the 70s at the grocery stores. I like to add a little soy milk and honey. I recently bought organic at Whole Foods. I got to your blog by googling info about “green” rooibus tea. Keep spreading the word of good health!

  11. Wendy Reeves says

    Hi I bought a friend this tea, she suffers from insomnia, She as just started drinking it daily so will fill you in later how she gets on…
    As for me, I’m going get myself some and start tomorrow, I have been under emended stress lately, and suffer from very dry eczema so again will let you know how I get on…
    The read up of this Tea sounds amazing …
    I will be back

    • says

      Hello Wendy. Thank you very much for commenting. Rooibos tea is absolutely fantastic and should help both of you. You both might also find it beneficial to wear an ionic balance band. You can find out about the 19 main potential benefits by clicking here. 30 day money back and satisfaction guarantee – so nothing to lose. Hope that helps. :)

  12. Wendy Reeves says

    Hi well here I am tucked up in bed with my TEA… Rooibos of course… Already had a few cups today and feeling calmer… Hope that’s not psychological mind! The read up sound fantastic of Rooibos so here go’s I will be back in a few days to fill you in… In the mean time I will read up on the band ….

    • says

      Hi again Wendy. Great to hear that you have felt the natural benefits of rooibos tea already. We always drink a cup before bed as it is a great way to relax and promote good sleep. Hope you also find the Ionic Balance Band is of benefit too. All of our family wear one. My wife and I have been wearing one since January 2012 and have never taken the band off since as we have experienced some great benefits. :)

  13. says

    Rooibos tea (always organic, sometimes chai) is one of life purest luxuries and my absolute favourite drink in the world. I drink at least 2 cups a day…as I write this I’m on cup 4 for today. In fact, I don’t travel without a bag or two in my purse. I discovered it when I was pregnant with my second child a few years ago and I will never go back to drinking black or green tea. Caffeine-free is the way to go. One of the benefits I think I can attribute to rooibos tea is a better energy level. I certainly remember when my daughter was young (she’s 9 and my son is 2), I was SO tired all the time. Now, I get tired but not the full-body tired I remember back then. My favourite brand is Biju.
    Jocelyn Fisher

  14. Vinay says

    I have been a great fan of green tea but never know that Rooibis tea has more Anti Oxidants that green tea.Can’t wait to buy a pack.Can anybody please suggest cheap & best brand for buying the tea leaves ( not keen on tea abgs at all).Thanks all for sharing inputs and experiences…

      • Linda says

        I have been drinking Rooibos for many years, have never drunk coffee or black tea. A couple of years ago I started drinking the loose leaves – will never go back to bags. Find a specialty tea shop, they are everywhere these days.

  15. Jim Miller says

    Referring to item 5 for circulation and lowering of Cholesterol – in my annual checkup I was healthy but despite my watching of input of saturated fats in my food my cholesterol had risen to 6.09 giving my Doc to comment on it and to watch my food. Although previously having rooibos only occasionally, I saw your website and decided to try it more often. Over 5 months of regularly having had 2 large cups (Double size) a day my cholesterol is now down to 4.26 with little change in diet. Many thanks to your Website & Rooibos

    • says

      Hi Jim. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for letting us know that we have helped to guide you towards trying rooibos tea and that it appears to have had such a positive and beneficial effect on your cholesterol. Really pleased for you and we appreciate your comments – thank you. :)

  16. John Alues says

    Well, what can i tell you about rooibos tea? let me try this, i drink about 1.5 liters a day. This is how i make my rooibos tea. 2 liters of water and 20 rooibos tea bags. I can flavour with either lime or orange. Boil / cook and allow it to remain in the pot over night before i will turn in into my bottle and direct to the fridge. Honestly, i just return to use / drinking of rooibos tea again. In the past, i was doing the same and i can tell you this, the more rooibos you drink, the far away the doctors are from you and your family

      • John Alues Pius says

        Just a follow up on my previous comment. First and foremost, am lucky that rooibos has no side effect hence am addicted to drinking rooibos tea more than I drink ordinary water. I use it merely to control my blood pressure / Bp and it works just fine. I have been going through the worst of life experience since past 4 years and I have lost everything in life. Try to imagine my situation. Not knowing what me and family will eat.
        My heart beat is at a speed I cannot imagine, my head pounds like hell. But then, I prefer death to anti-depressant.

        You know what, rooibos those the magic for me. Heart and head pounding is no more, heart racing with unimaginable speed is gone.

        I don’t drink rooibos as a cup of tea, it actually replace my water drinking. 20 tea bags on 2 – 3 litres, of water cook it, flavour it which ever you want. ( lime, orange, carrot, ginger while you boil it) Little sugar is recommended hence you will be drinking a lot.

        For me, it was works, that is all I can say. Happy reading.

  17. Trent says

    I am drinking green rooibos at the moment, it is one of the best teas that I have had. This is coming from a guy who drank a lot of coffee.

  18. Elizabeth Elliot says

    Hi! Just wanted to say I’ve been searching for a tasty and refreshing drink since going caffeine free and I’m so glad to have tried Rooibos and finally found something I can really enjoy….and it’s low in Tannins. Bonus!

  19. Hayley says

    I love my rooibos tea. I initiated trying it to help me elliminate sugar. I have done that and now have noticed that I have no craving for a tea with sugar and also stronger nails and I actually benefit the calming effects rather than the sugar craving effects.

    • says

      Hi Hayley – Thank you for your comment. Great news – really pleased that you have found rooibos tea to be massively beneficial. You are right – because it does have a naturally sweeter taste than most other teas – it means you do not need to use any other sugar. :)

  20. says

    Totally awesome post Madeline. Just got some, because it looked different, and now I’m glad I try different things all the time. All the benefits sound unbelievable.


  21. Sharon says

    Learned about this wonderful tea on my recent trip to South Africa. Just recently found it for .99 cents for a box of 20 bags at our local discount grocery so I bought every box they had. Such a deal for a fantastic tea.

  22. Jan says

    I have enjoyed rooibos for about two years. I picked up loose tea at Teavana and have used Choice rooibos tea bags recently. Very pleased with it and happy to see its many benefits from your article. especially for me the calming and cardiovascular support. Thank you for this very helpful information!

  23. milly omoruan says

    Thanks, the tea is great, l drink it all the time. l encourage all my friends/ co-workers to drink this all the time.

  24. Doreen Rweihangwe says

    I have been having trouble taking black tea because of it high acid and content. I have tried rooibos and I feel calmer, energetic and my stomach upsets have completely stopped. I advise that you take rooibos tea with natural honey for maximum benefits.

  25. Patty says

    I recently quit caffeine because I had chronic migraines. This past week was horrible coming off the stuff. Then I found a box of Rooibos Tea on someone’s desk at work, that had been left there after they left. It is wonderful and just the treat I need to keep away from the caffeine. That was some kind of God send. Thanks for your article. I looked it up once I saw the box and there it’s wonderful that so much goodness in it.


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  27. Antoinette Ludick says

    My husband has for years suffered with Helicobactor, a bacteria which causes ulcers and inflammation of the stomach lining. He started drinking rooibos tea about 1 year ago and I have seen the benefit in him. He no longer has pain and has about 3-4cups per day, he usually winds down in the evening with a cup. He has his with a slice of lemon and 1/2 teaspoon honey.

    After seen the improvement in his health and benefits in his overall well being, I have now swapped my coffee for this tea. I also put some honey in mine as the taste of rooibos is definitely an acquired taste. Thank you for highlighting the great benefits of this lovely tea.

  28. Sarah says

    My daughter has recently been diagnosed with pityriasis rosea. I saw a comment that someone had used this tea to help with the condition. I’m going to give it a go for her and will try it myself! Fingers crossed.

  29. oppiesee says

    Growing up with Rooibos will of course make me biased.
    Just talking about the taste now, (not taking the zillion health benefits into consideration here):
    I don’t “like” Rooibos . . .
    I LOVE Rooibos,
    I prefer Rooibos.
    Rooibos is an awesome drink. None of the bitterness of other teas, so no sugar is needed. I do like to add a touch of lemon and honey when I feel like it.

  30. Olivia says

    I grew up on Rooibos tea and my mum used to give us Rooibos tea , honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice when we were sick and had a fever. It lowered our temperature and it functioned as a natural antibiotic . When I had my children sick and feverish I followed her example in treating my feverish child with Rooibos , honey and lemon juice and it did the tric time and angain.

  31. Shannon says

    Love rooibos the first kind i tried was from David’s tea in edmonton alberta and it was coconut chai rooibos and i fell in love. Then i found tetley warmth which is cinnamon and orange zest rooibos and i drink it every day. Yummy just black and hot. And my kids love it too

  32. Mollie says

    We first bought Teavana Chai Rooibos years ago on a visit to the US because we tasted a sample and loved it. I liked that you could leave it to steep without its ever turning bitter and the fact that it was naturally caffeine free. Years passed without my buying any more rooibos (the Teavana one was also my 1st experience with chai, so I spent years trying to find a spiced chai in the UK that I liked as much…), and I only came back to rooibos after giving up caffeine and then falling pregnant a little over a year ago. I had a vanilla rooibos in a cafe that I fell in love with. It turns out it was Dragonfly brand. Now I only drink that or Dragonfly Earl Grey Rooibos in the morning. I had no idea there were so many health benefits — score!! I usually drink mine with a coconut milk dairy substitute. Hopefully that doesn’t mitigate the health benefits you’d get from drinking it straight(?).

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