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Origins of Rooibos Tea

Origins of Rooibos Tea

"Rooibos Tea should be of high quality"
"Rooibos Tea should be ethically grown"
"It should be harvested correctly and stored correctly"


Rooibos tea has found its popularity amongst regular tea drinkers but it has not always been the case. Even though it has been used amongst Indigenous tribes in South Africa for a long time, it has only recently found its way on the shelves amongst regular favourites like green tea, English breakfast and chamomile tea. The use of Rooibos goes back over thousands of years, some even thinking that our pre-human ancestors may have also drank Rooibos tea. Used originally to treat ailments, it was also favoured for its lovely taste but as the tribes began decline so did the usage of rooibos. Until this day, it is only successfully grown in South Africa which is something that makes it rather unique. Rooibos tea has been a popular trading item across the world, from China, across Europe and the United Kingdom, many of these nations are known for love of tea in different forms. It was during the second world war though, when importing of tea began to dry up and locals were left looking for a substitute, the South African tea drinkers soon discovered that they had a magnificent alternative growing in their own land. During this time though, since the tea was only being able to grow in South Africa, the plants and seeds became quite of an expense with the demand being so high for the tea but the availability being so low. A lot has changed since then though, with Rooibos tea being much more commercially available across the globe so it can be enjoyed by so many people from every walk of life.

Rooibos Tea

Benefits of Rooibos Tea

Like many teas used for centuries, Rooibos tea has been cultivated and drunk for its medicinal properties. Unlike many teas though, it is not a tea that needs an acquired taste. The sweetness combined with its mild honey and vanilla flavours, has made it the perfect health remedy. Used as an anti-inflammatory, it has been used as a natural remedy for upset stomachs and consumed to aid ailments often linked to inflammation and stomach issues. These ailments include skin conditions like eczema, skin allergies, colic in infants and diabetes. Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants which gives that immune system boost. It is thought to also help lower blood pressure, help heart conditions and there is talk that it may also help prevent cancer. Being a caffeine-free tea, it is a great alternative to other teas and coffees, especially for those who are caffeine sensitive or for anybody struggling with anxiety, heart issues or any other issues where too much stimulation in the body can be detrimental. Being very low in tannins as well, compared to black and green teas, there is less issue with tannins blocking absorption of vital nutrients in the body. Not only is Rooibos tea low in tannins and caffeine-free, it is also low in oxalic acid which makes it the perfect tea for anybody struggling with kidney issues. There are also claims that Rooibos teas can help with sleep. All of these incredible benefits make Rooibos tea a wonderful option for those who want to keep or add tea in their daily diet but are looking to getting the most health benefits combined with a great tea.

Recipes of Rooibos Tea

Rooibos has a naturally sweet and tangy flavour so there is not often a lot of need to add much to it to get that perfect cup of tea. As rooibos is only grown in South Africa, to drink it outside of there, you must purchase it as you cannot grow it yourself like some other herbal teas. To enjoy it simply, just add a scoop of the loose-leaf tea to a diffuser and allow to steep in boiling water for five to ten minutes. It is a tea that you can add milk too, so if that is how you prefer your tea then do not hesitate. You can also add honey or sugar to it, but you may find that you do not need much of it. Other ways you can use rooibos tea is for a caffeine-free alternative to some of the favourite ways you use other teas. Using it for iced tea is a great choice, especially since it already has that natural sweetness. Add in other flavours like ginger, lemon, lime and/or peach to really enhance it. These days man recipes like cakes, custards and meringues have been using teas like matcha, chai and earl grey in their recipes and rooibos tea is another option. Really, the options are endless with how you use this sweet, caffeine-free tea; it is just down to how simple or extravagant you want to go.

Why Choose Tea Life?

Tea Life is a one hundred percent Australian owned and operated business that brings high quality tea to your door. With a range of different black, green, chai and herbal teas, you will be sure to find one that takes your fancy. Also stocking various herbal blends, accessories and even decaf teas, you will be able to enjoy a cuppa just the way you like it at home. We believe tea should be high quality, ethically grown as well as being harvested and stored correctly. With every tea packed inhouse, you can be sure that you will be getting the best quality teas that are not just fresh but packed with love. Since the teas are packed in-house, they are sent off in safe, resealable packaging to ensure that your tea, no matter how far or in what conditions is travelled in, will be the perfect cup. With shipping prices that are low and even offering free shipping over sixty dollars, you will not be buying tea from the supermarket anymore. Organic and with incredible customer service, once you start buying from Tea Life, you will wonder why you had not sooner. Also supporting charities and aiming to become one hundred percent eco-friendly, we believe in not just the health of our customers, but the health and happiness of the world around us too. That is why whether you are looking for green, Rooibos tea or an incredible herbal blend, you should choose tea life for your next cuppa.



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