Rooibos is Afrikaans for “red bush” – a South African miracle plant with tons of benefits. The tea is made from Aspalathus Linearis, an indigenous shrub that grows only in the mountainous South Africa region.
Factually speaking Rooibos Tea isn't tea at all. It is a herb originating from the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa. The word Rooibos translates to ‘Red Bush’ and is harvested only once a year in the hottest summer months typically from January to April.
Rooibos leaves are needle-like compared to regular tea leaves, however, both are fermented to make tea. Once brewed, the tea has a bright reddish tint to it.
The tea has many medicinal properties and is great for relaxing, and is caffeine-free therefore a perfect excuse to end your day with a hot cup.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Rooibos Tea has a geographic indicator status? Similar to Scotch Whisky from the UK or the Champagne from the namesake, neither can be called that unless they are produced in the region.