Rooibos Tea grows only in the Cederberg in the South Western Cape region of South Africa. The History of Rooibos Tea The Rooibos tea plant is a unique wispy bush found only in a small part of South Africa South Western Cape region. The tea made from an infusion of the prepared leaves has been enjoyed for centuries as both a beverage and a health tonic by the local indigenous population. In 1904 this unique flavorful and healthy beverage was "discovered" by Benjamin Ginsberg, a Russian immigrant and early settler in the area.
He realized that the tea would be enjoyed by and provide health benefits to people far and wide. He therefore started to prepare and market the tea. In 1930 a medical doctor, Dr P. Le Fras Nortier discovered that Rooibos tea had value as an agricultural product. However, due to the unique properties and requirements of the delicate plant, cultivation has always required the farmer to remain close to nature. The plants thrive best when virtually left to their own devices in th natural soil of their origin.
- Rooibos tea is a unique flavourful Caffeine free, low tannin beverage enjoyed by people all over the world.
- It is a product presented in a totally natural form free of any extraneous substances such as colourants or preservatives.
- It contains many essential minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, fluoride and ascorbic acid.
- While many of the other teas limit iron absorption by chelation of the iron molecules, Rooibos tea actually improves iron absorption and also contains additional iron, potassium and copper.
- Rooibos tea contains high levels of 37 known substances which act to limit the effects of superoxide molecules or oxygen free radicals. These substances which mimic the effects of superoxide dismutase, help to limit the many toxic effects which cause aging of the skin, muscle, internal organs and brain.
- Numerous other pharmacological and medicinal benefits have been attributed to Rooibos tea.