Rooibos Tea – Different Types

March 21, 2008

The Rooibos Bush

As we have previously learned, Rooibos is not technically a proper tea, because it is not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant.  Rooibos however, is not usually referred to as a Tisane.  The Rooibos leaf comes from the plant , a member of the legume family of plants.  The Rooibos bush is a small and shrubby bush, with thin needle-like leaves.  The bush only grows between 1/2 to 1 meter tall.  On the bush, the leaves are green, but once processed they turn a deep red from the oxidization of the Rooibos leaves.

Green Rooibos

Rooibos is available in the market in several forms.  Typically, you will get the red leaved Rooibos either in it’s plain, unflavored form, or in a flavored
 or blended form.  Rooibos is now becoming more widely available in its “
green” form as well – as Green Rooibos.  Even more recently you are seeing Green Rooibos being flavored and blended like the typical Red Rooibos you find. The difference between the two is that the Green Rooibos is the un-oxidized form of the Rooibos bush.
As we have previously mentioned, the Rooibos bush has many different health benefits.  It is naturally decaffeinated, with no caffeine in it at all.  Rooibos tea is very low in tannins, so you will never get a bitter cup of Rooibos tea.  Rooibos is very high in antioxidants, which have health benefits ranging from anti-aging to cancer prevention.  Rooibos has been known to relieve stomach ulcers, nausea, constipation, and heartburn.  Rooibos has high concentrations of calcium, manganese and fluoride.  In addition to being internally used, Rooibos has been used externally to promote healthy skin, and has been shown to relieve itchy skin, eczema, sunburns, diaper rash and acne.

For thousands of years, Rooibos has been a herbal remedy for the tribes of South Africa.  It is only in the last 100 years or so that Rooibos has been available worldwide, and only in the last 5-6 years that it has really become popular and available in North America in sufficient quantities.

TeaFrog’s Gingerbread Orange Flavored Rooibos

Today, Rooibos is blended and flavored in many many different ways!  TeaFrog currently carries 6 different Rooibos blends, from Caramel Cream to Love Flavored, to Tiramisu.  We also carry Rooibos Original, the unflavored natural Rooibos leaves.  The typical flavor of Rooibos is a sweet, slightly nutty flavor, which needs no addition of milk or sugar, albeit that is traditionally how it is consumed in South Africa.  When combined with different flowers, herbs and flavors, Rooibos still retains its core sweetness, making an amazing tea that is both tasty and healthy – a combination that is not always easy to find!

As Rooibos becomes more and more popular in North America, you will continue to see studies released on the health benefits, scientifically proving what South African Tribes have known for hundreds of years, that Rooibos Tea is healthy, has a great flavor, and is a great alternative beverage for both adults and children alike!  So try Rooibos today from the TeaFrog online store, you will not be disappointed!

TeaFrog explores Rooibos Teas and their growing popularity in North America

March 13, 2008

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