Indigenous to the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa’s Western Cape, Rooibos tea tastes great and is a fantastic panacea for a plethora of ailments. Made from the fabaceae family of plants, the needle-like leaves are oxidised, turning them the red colour that has given the tea its name – “red bush”. If you’re staying at Cape Town’s 12 Apostles or Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat near the Cederberg Mountains you can experience the health benefits and delicious flavour of rooibos tea for yourself, in its native homeland.
Soothe your stress
High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a common symptom of stress. Rooibos tea has been found to act as a ‘bronchodilator’, which can reduce blood pressure and ease respiratory problems. Sink into a chair with a cup and relax.
Boost your bones
Bursting with bone-strengthening minerals such as calcium, fluoride and manganese, Rooibos tea will give your skeleton some much-needed TLC. Drink it regularly to encourage stronger bone growth.
Skin conditions like eczema and hay fever are both caused by allergies, but can be improved with Rooibos tea thanks to phenolic content and anti-inflammatory properties. Drink it regularly and your body will thank you.
Keep your heart happy
Rooibos tea’s polyphenol quotient means it’s naturally high in antioxidants. These are the protectors that purge your body from harmful free-radicals. In fact, it’s great to drink for an all-round immune system boost.
Treat your skin
Give your skin a boost by drinking Rooibos tea and applying the tea powder topically. Its alpha hydroxy acid and zinc content are the perfect succour for sunburn, acne and to help encourage anti-ageing.
Say goodbye to Caffeine
Unlike regular tea and green tea, Rooibos is caffeine free so you can drink as much as you like without it affecting your sleep pattern. In fact, it’s a popular treatment for insomnia. Experience all its health benefits without the addictive stuff.
Have healthy hair
While products can give you hair a luxuriant feel, nourish it from the inside with Rooibos tea to make your follicles happy. Rich in zinc, copper and potassium, these minerals can strengthen hair fibres and have been shown to encourage hair-growth speed.
If you suffer from occasional digestive issues like IBS or stomach cramps, Rooibos tea is just the tonic. It contains an abundance of antispasmodic agents that relax muscles – especially in the gut. To soothe your tummy, drink a cup half an hour before eating a meal.
Kiss your kidneys better
Those who endure kidney stones will have been told to avoid teas as they contain oxalic acid, which can exacerbate the problem. Rooibos tea is oxalic acid-free, so it makes a great alternative to regular tea and coffee.
While indulging in a sumptuous stay at the 12 Apostles or Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, experience the wonder of Rooibos tea by drinking it in its indigenous habitat.