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Introduction

What is Rooibos and why should I even think about it when I think of what my next cuppa tea is going to be? If you have, or maybe if you haven’t had that thought before, then don’t worry as you are not alone. Rooibos is making a strong surge in popularity in the brewed drink arena and for good reason. Listed below are some cool facts about roobios, a bit of info about the drink itself and other things about this new bush making a lot of noise in the traditionally quieter mid day tea world.

Rooibos and caffeine

The first thing that we will get right to the point about is the rooibos caffeine discussion as this is a very popular one that often comes up. I will say it right now that Rooibos does not have any caffeine in it. If you don’t believe me, then check the almighty Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rooibos with the specific quote being “Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries, particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine” This is why many women will turn to rooibos when they are pregnant. To find out more info about rooibos and pregnancy just take a look at these posts we have put up in the past:

Rooibos and its benefits

 
So now that we have gotten that out of the way we can talk about why it is good that roobios does not have any caffeine in it. The first, and what I think is the best thing about roobios, is that you can have it at any time of the day or night. I love a strong black tea but sometimes just before bed it just doesn’t suite the situation very well. This is where roobios comes in to save the day as I can enjoy it an hour, 15 minutes, or 45 minutes before I want to go to bed without any worry of staying up once that caffeine boost kicks in.

Rooibos and pregnancy


Another reason that roobios has really started to gain traction in the rest of the world is due to its appeal to pregnant woman. I was unaware but during pregnancy caffeine intake is supposed to be on the lower side as complications can occur, so a lot of woman have been choosing roobios when they are pregnant. That’s why you can check out our article here for the info you need tea for two?

Rooibos and its lack of caffeine


So now that we know the coolest thing about roobios, and its lack of caffeine, let’s get some more info on the drink that comes from brewing up roobios. The drink is typically a nice red color, which is the result of processed roobios being steeped with hot water. Recently there has been new blends including green roobios, which like its green tea counterpart, is a less processed version of the plant. In this article we will focus on the red variant and maybe in the future talk about green roobios a bit more in depth. This is why tea and pregnancy are things that you must keep an eye out for.

Conclusion


The drink that is brewed up is a nice red color with a natural taste to it. I am not going to imply that it is a drink that tastes like dirt; however you will notice a distinct flavor that reminds me of a less processed black tea leaf. The flavor is rawer and more open, which is something that really doesn’t give a very good idea of how it tastes. I think that for you to get a full appreciation of roobios you must really try it for yourself. If you don’t you will never know what you are missing out on!

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rooibos in a cup


Overall roobios is a great addition to any tea collection, even though it is not a true tea itself. It is a great pre drink or iced option whenever you need to take a break from your usual favorites. Make sure you check out our other great article if you are looking for more info drinking tea while you are pregnant

How to say Rooibos

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HOW TO SAY ROOIBOS

You’ve read about it. You’ve prepared it and you’ve drank it. You love it. You say it, but are you pronouncing it correctly? Before I read up on it I always got funny looks when I tried to explain the new tisane I tried that made red tea …. only to find out that I had been saying it wrong the whole time :)

Rooibos is a plant grown only in South Africa, North of Cape Town. United States and China have tried to cultivate this plant, but to no avail. It is seemingly particular with the soil, climate, and local microorganisms in South Africa such that it cannot be cultivated on other parts of the world.

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nice cup of rooibos

Rooibos does not come from the tea plant, camella sinensis, (common source of white, green and black tea) hence, it is not tea. It has the scientific name of Aspalathus linearis. It is more correct to say that rooibos is a tisane (pronounced as ”teas-on”), or an herbal infusion. However, another meaning for tea is infusion of leaves in water and some people call tisanes such as ginger and chamomile as tea so this common misconception has also been applied to rooibos.

Rooibos is pronounced as ”roy-boss”. That easy. It is sometimes spelled as rooibosch, its version in Dutch, but still pronounced the same. It is sometimes referred to as Red Bush Tea, or Rooibos Tea. Apparently, Rooibos is the Afrikaans word for ”red bush”(rooi = red, bos = bush) since the color of the plant and the resulting concoction is red.

This drink is gaining its popularity in the Western countries and around the world due to its health benefits. Rooibos and caffeine are not generally in the same sentence as there is no caffeine in rooibos, and rooibos is low in tannins, which are chemicals which block the absorption of calcium. It alleviates skin allergies and stomach problems such as indigestion and constipation.

Plus, our central nervous system which gives us a good night sleep, improves our sleeping pattern and prevents insomnia. Also drinking rooibos during pregnancy has started to become popular due to the health benefits listed above, especially the lack of caffeine.

So now you know how to say it, don’t cover your mouth, pretend to cough, or pronounce it fast. Say it the right way. Kudos to Rooibos!

And if you haven’t had success, or are still unsure make sure you check out this video to find out how to say rooibos from this youtube video.

Rooibos and caffeine – the truth about it :)

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Introduction

Rooibos is the new kid on the block for tisanes. You will notice that I make this clarification first and foremost, that rooibos is a tisane as it is not really a tea. If you are not familiar with this term then just take a quick gander over here to find out what is a tisane . Now going forward I will actually be referring to it as a tea… blasphemy you say. No not really, if people want to read it knowing that it is truly not a tea but a tisane then that is cool. I just don’t want to come off as one of those people in tea shops that correct you every time you ask for a chamomile tea and then they have to say actaulllyyyyy it is a tisane….  So if you know that rooibos is a tisane, cool, if not now you do. If you don’t care either way then keep on reading to find out the truth about rooibos and caffeine !

Rooibos and Caffeine

Unlike most teas, rooibos has no caffeine in it. It may be news to you, but you should know that rooibos caffeine is not merely news, it is good news. It is good and safe for everybody, for people of all ages and in all conditions. There are many rooibos health benefits to the brew and in this article we will just quickly go over the lack of caffeine and leave the additional discussion for a later day!

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a nice tea pot

It is more appropriate to state that rooibos is not a tea, but a tisane (an herbal infusion) since it does not come from the tea plant. Instead, this beverage comes from the rooibos plant. Rooibos is a shrub that grows only in the land of Cape Town, South Africa. Today, rooibos is gaining popularity around the world due to its unique qualities and benefits. It is also known as red tea because of the color of its leaves and the color of the resulting beverage. Rooibos is available in loose leaf packages or in teabags. It can be served hot or cold. Bottled rooibos are also available and are best served ice cold.

Caffeine during Pregnancy

Studies show that ingesting caffeine during pregnancy especially during the first three months of gestation has been linked to possible issues. Thais is why many turn to rooibos during pregnancy as there is no caffeine in the drink at all. Caffeine is present in beverages such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks. Rooibos has zero caffeine in it. Therefore, pregnant women can safely drink rooibos. Drinking rooibos has a relaxing effect for mothers and has a mild, sweet taste that can be enjoyed anytime.

Rooibos health benefits

Traditionally, rooibos has been used to treat infant colic. It is also used to alleviate constipation and remedy stomach problems such as nausea and vomiting. Rooibos can be safely taken by children, even infants. Since it has no caffeine, it does not cause palpitations and stomach irritation. Caffeine, when taken by children, can potentially cause hyperactivity which may later on cause children to develop fatigue and decreased attention span.

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red rooibos

If caffeinated drinks can make you become alert, rooibos does the opposite. It helps you to be calm and feel relaxed. Drinking rooibos before bedtime can help you have a good night’s sleep. It could also save you from sleep disturbances and insomnia.

Conclusion

Moreover, coffees and teas contain tannins, chemical that block the absorption of iron. Rooibos contains very low tannins, in negligible amounts, even. Thus, rooibos can be safely drunk without having to worry about iron-deficiency anemia.

Now you’ve heard the good news about rooibos. Start making it a part of your lifestyle and share it to people who can potentially benefit from this information. Spread the good news!

And if you are ever wondering how to say rooibos don’t worry as I wrote a whole article for it so just take a read if it tickles your fancy.

Here are some of our top selling rooibos mixes so just take a look

What is Rooibos?

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What is Rooibos?

African rooibos is a plant that grows in a small portion in the province of Cape Town, South Africa. The scientific name for rooibos is asphalatus linearis. Its leaves are used to make the rooibos tisane, or rooibos tea. It is also known as the red bush tea, red tea, red rooibos, or simply rooibos. The resulting tea leaves and beverage is slightly brown to reddish in color and has a mild sweet, somewhat fruity taste.

How do you say Rooibos?

I know the first thing that you are probably wondering to yourself is if you are pronouncing it correctly. I will not lie, I have been saying apparently wrong for the past year and a bit… the way how to say rooibos is ROY BUS.

Types of Rooibos for brewing

green rooibos is also available, but is less common and more expensive than red rooibos. Green rooibos does not undergo the fermentation process, unlike the red rooibos variety.

Rooibos was considered to be a plant that grows in the wild, hence, considered as a wild tea. But since the 19th century, rooibos has been cultivated and grown in plantations in South Africa due to its potential profit. Attempts of cultivating rooibos in other countries have failed. This plant is seemingly specific to the climate and soil conditions of South Africa.

The African Rooibos tisane is a very popular beverage, especially in South Africa where its various uses has been discovered. It is very rich in antioxidants, low in tannins, and lacks caffeine. Today, rooibos is becoming popular around the world, especially in the Western Countries, and most especially to health-conscious consumers.

What should good quality Rooibos look like?

High quality rooibos leaves should be whole, long, and needle-like in shape. They produce a richer and darker taste whereas short, crumpled leaves produce a slightly dusty taste. Loose leaves produce a richer and higher quality but teabags are more convenient to use. Flavored and plain rooibos are available in the market. Some are infused with other herbs and fruits. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without milk. It can be plain, or sweetened with sugar or honey. Rooibos contains no additive and colorants. Its red color is primarily due to the fermentation process this plant undergoes.

A great video about the history of Rooibos

Rooibos has been a big part of the South African culture. Today, rooibos is becoming famous around the world due to its unique taste and health benefits. Rooibos truly deserves the praise of its lovers and is worth the try for those who have not yet experienced the wonder of the African Rooibos.

Health Benefits of Rooibos

If you have ever wondered what the rooibos health benefits were then hopefully this section will help to answer your question.

As mentioned above the really cool thing about rooibos is that it does not have caffeine in it at all. I guess you could say that there is no real relationship between rooibos and caffeine which is a great thing as it really allows you to enjoy rooibos whenever you feel like it. This will protect you from those late night when you cannot sleep.

Another amazing thing that is somewhat coupled with the lack of caffeine is that rooibos can be consumed by expecting mothers. This is one of the main reasons that rooibos and pregnancy often find themselves intertwined. With the rise of tea appreciation it often comes to a surprise that pregnant women generally should cut down when they become expecting mothers. This is when you can turn to rooibos when you are pregnant, and even continue after pregnancy has wrapped up for those stressful ( and happy ) times to come.

Conclusion

Hopefully the above listed info has provided a bit of information about rooibos, some of the benefits, where it is grown, as well as rooibos and pregnancy. Here are some great blends if you are looking to take the plunge into a new addition to your brewed cabinet, or if you are just looking for some new great rooibos:

Vanilla Rooibos Chai

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A great mix for those chai lovers wanting to try another blend out. With this rooibos based blend you get the same caffeine free red cup but with an unexpected flavor combination usually reserved for chai lovers.

With the loud flavors of your typical Masala chai paired with subtle hints of vanilla this cup of tea will really take your taste buds for a ride. Another great mix to try hot or cold as the loud notes come through great either way you serve it.

Best if steeped for 7-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Red rooibos tea with ginger root, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods, cloves, dried orange peels, and natural vanilla flavors.

Honeybush

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If you have not heard of honeybush then you do not know what you have been missing out on. Honeybush is the cousin of the rooibos plant and is similar in some aspects as it does not have any caffeine in it, and is missing the dark tannins that most people usually think of when they envision tea.

Some find honeybush sweeter than rooibos but it really seems to depend on the person drinking the tea.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Honeybush.

Light Lemon Rooibos

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Combine the smooth taste of vanilla bean with a light natural lemon taste and pair them with a nice caffeine based red rooibos and you will have one heck of a nice drink. Like a light lemon meringue pie this drink is great to have right after a nice dinner, or if you eat your desert first you can have it

Combine the smooth taste of vanilla bean with a light natural lemon taste and pair them with a nice caffeine based red rooibos and you will have one heck of a nice drink. Like a light lemon meringue pie this drink is great to have right after a nice dinner, or if you eat your desert first you can have it first thing when you wake up. Due to its sweet and fruity flavor this is a great tea to use as a base when mixing, or iced with a bit of sugar to really bring the vanilla out.

First thing when you wake up. Due to its sweet and fruity flavor this is a great tea to use as a base when mixing, or iced with a bit of sugar to really bring the vanilla out.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Red rooibos mixed with lemon grass, marigold flowers and infused with vanilla and lemon natural flavors.

Mango Honeybush

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If lush ripe mangos are out of season you don’t need to worry as we have the fix for your craving, which is this amazing pairing of honeybush and mango flavorings. If mangos are in season… well, then you can still enjoy this blend!

A light and mild flavored honeybush base compliments the delicate taste of mangos that is lightly infused. Not an overly sweet tea, but still true to the mangos flavor, this tea can be served hot or cold depending on your mood. If you want to add a bit of sweetener it will bring out the sweeter side of a just ripe mango.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Honeybush tea infused with natural mango flavor, mixed with mango and apple pieces, and marigold flowers.

Mellow Green Rooibos

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Close your eyes and let this green roobios based tea drift you away to your own private island. With gently infused flavors of mangos, apricots and exotic passionfruit your tropical get away is only a sip away.

All these flavors without any of the caffeine mean that you can try out this brew anytime you feel like you need a little getaway.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Green rooibos mixed with natural mango, passion fruit and apricot flavors with mango pieces, orange peels, and marigold flavors.

Orange Honeybush

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If you are looking for a honeybush blend with your favorite vitamin c producing fruit then look no further as this combination of oranges and honeybush is just the tea for you. Coupling the light flavor of honeybush with the juicy taste of ripe oranges produces a great tea no matter your mood.

A caffeine free drink with tons of options this is a really versatile tea to add to your collection. Hot, cold, sweetened, or blended you really can’t do anything wrong with this tea.

Best if steeped between 3-5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Honeybush mixed with dried orange peels and infused with orange flavors.

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