Rooibos is low in tannin, a substance that adversely affects the body's metabolism by decreasing the absorption of iron and protein.


Rooibos itself has no documented side effects so it’s completely safe to drink!


It also helps delay the ageing process: Bodies age due to toxic compounds called free radicals. These are produced as a byproduct of normal cell functions. Free radicals attack healthy cells, ageing and weakening our immune systems.

Japanese scientists recently discovered that Rooibos tea contains a substance that mimics the enzyme, Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects.



Japanese studies have shown that Rooibos tea is comparable to green tea and contains similar levels of polyphenols. It shows anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic (anti cancer), anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity.

In fact, it contains more antioxidants than many green teas!


South African scientists have deduced that the reason why Rooibos is anti-allergic is that it contains quercetin, an anti-spasmodic that helps combat allergies. There is between 1,4 and 1,7mg of quercetin in every 150ml of Rooibos.

Here are a few of the allergic symptoms the tea is most commonly known to alleviate, along with some suggested application methods:

  • Acne - the teenagers’ plague:
    The following facemask method has proven a saviour to many an acne sufferer: Take half a cup of strong, plain Rooibos tea (fairly warm); Add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar; Add 2 teaspoons of oatmeal (NB - if you're allergic to oatmeal, use a gluten-free flour); Allow the mixture to cool until it's lukewarm; Apply over face and neck; lie down and relax for about 15 minutes; Rinse off with lukewarm plain Rooibos tea, then press to dry.

  • Tired, smarting, puffy or sensitive eyes:
    Those who read and/or study a lot will find this hint particularly valuable. Every morning when getting up, either rinse out your eyes in an eyeglass filled with lukewarm plain Rooibos tea, or wipe out your eyes with a face-cloth dipped in plain Rooibos tea. (This second method will provide instant relief from sore eyes of any kind).

  • Sinus Problems:
    When drunk, Rooibos tea alleviates sneezing and an itchy nose. Itchy eyes can be relieved with a facecloth using the second method mentioned above, whenever symptoms arise.

  • Hayfever and runny noses
    (NB: In addition to using this method, it is also recommended that sufferers cut out foods like wheat products, milk and eggs.) Cup cooled, lukewarm Rooibos tea in your hands; Slowly draw the liquid into your sinuses; Hold it in for a few seconds, then release it and gently blow your nose.

  • Itchy or burning skin:
    After a cleansing bath, wipe off your affected skin with a facecloth moistened in Rooibos tea; Press gently to dry (NB: Do not rub, as this will only make the itching/burning worse.)

  • Eczema:
    If you are a sufferer bathe the affected areas in Rooibos tea. This can provide soothing relief.


(Please note that not all benefits are scientifically proven.)

  • Rooibos helps relieve stomach ulcers, nausea, constipation, and heartburn.

  • Rooibos can help ensure a good night's sleep. It has been found to help with insomnia, disturbed sleeping patterns and headaches. It contains no caffeine and has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system.

  • Rooibos helps to give you strong bones and teeth because of its calcium, manganese and fluoride content.

  • Rooibos helps pacify infants with colic, stomach cramps and sleeping problems. Simply mix some Rooibos tea with expressed breast milk or formula. It is 100% natural with no colourants or preservatives, which is why it’s nicknamed, “Mother’s Miracle!”

  • Rooibos contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc which contribute to healthy, smooth and glowing skin. This wonder tea is especially useful when applied to skin irritations like itchy skin, eczema, sunburn, diaper rash and acne.

  • Rooibos helps reduce puffy eyes. Place tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer. After a hard day's work, put on tired or red eyes to soothe and relax.

  • Rooibos contains magnesium (an essential nutrient for a healthy nervous system).

  • Rooibos increases the absorption of iron in the body.

  • Rooibos contains potassium and copper, needed for several metabolic functions.

  • Rooibos is often prescribed for nervous tension and mild depression as it makes a relaxing sedative.

  • Rooibos contains no oxalic acid and can therefore be enjoyed by persons suffering from kidney stones.

  • Rooibos helps to control your appetite and can thus be beneficial in weight loss.

  • Rooibos is hydrating and helps one recoup after consuming alcohol.

  • Rooibos makes a great thirst quencher and sport drink. Because of its mineral content of iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium, it restores the body's equilibrium after strenuous exercise.

  • Rooibos is very versatile: Drink it hot or cold, with or without milk, sugar or honey. Add lemon or mix it with fruit juices for a lovely blend.

  • Rooibos tea is also used in cooking and baking. It replaces the liquid content in recipes for soups, marinades, sauces, stews and cakes for added flavour and nutrition.

Rooibos tastes divine! It is less bitter than most teas.

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