Herbal teas are made from dried fruits, flowers, spices, or herbs and therefore are available in a wide range of tastes and flavors and this makes them a tempting alternative to sugary beverages.
Rooibos tea is undoubtedly the tastiest in the family of herbal teas. The meaning of the word “Rooibos” is red bush and this plant belongs to the Fabaceae family. Rooibos tea is known by many names in different parts of the world, some of which are bush tea, red tea, or redbush tea.
The broom-like fermented leaves of Aspalathus linearis, which is a shrub native to the Cape of Good hope looks and taste tempting enough to mesmerize your senses.
Herbal tea is so in trend these days, ever wondered why? It is because of how well-rounded tisanes are in taste, aroma, and health benefits making herbal tea victorious over others. Herbal tea is the kind of infusion that is prepared from the concoction and fusion of herbs. Add in any herb of your choice and boom! you get your customized cup of herbal tea.
From plant to assembly, How is Rooibos prepared?
The process of preparation of the Rooibos tea itself enhances the flavor and produces the distinctive reddish-brown color that is characteristic of this herbal infusion. As soon as the leaves are plucked, the shoots are cut and sprinkled with water and then the oxidation process can begin. This takes place outdoors due to which the leaves change color, from green to brown.
When it has oxidized perfectly, the Rooibos is thinly spread out on the ground, so it can dry in the sun. And this is how the magical tea is prepared with the utmost care, which is a matter of pride for the Cederberg region in Africa. After harvesting, the leaves are cut, bruised, aired, and watered. Then, the leaves are left in heaps, and fermentation takes place post which the leaves are spread out under the hot African sun for drying of the leaves.
During the fermentation process, Rooibos acquires it’s sweet and cherry-vanilla aroma. The combination of fermentation and drying oxidizes the leaves that give it the name “Red Bush”, as they create a beautiful and extraordinary burnt red color. Thus, the preparation of the gorgeous Rooibos tea is done carefully, with love, and comes to you giving the most perfect flavor ever!
Does Rooibos tea have caffeine though?
If you are looking for an enchanting caffeine-free beverage, stop your quest right now because Rooibos is what you are seeking. Rooibos tea is caffeine-free and a very flavorsome drink that most people choose over all the others.
Caffeine is a stimulant which when consumed in low to moderate amounts can have some benefits like alertness and orientation. However, when consumed in excess it can cause adverse side effects. While it may affect some people mildly, to some it may induce restlessness, jitters, and even anxiety.
The shrub aspalathus linearis has absolutely no caffeine in its genetic make-up. Because Rooibos has a rich taste, you can club it with some milk, and it makes a delicious alternative for those trying to reduce their caffeine intake.
Unlike processed decaffeinated Black teas, Rooibos does not have to undergo any chemical processing to have caffeine removed since it has none anyway. Evidently, this South African tea is a delicious, caffeine-free way to upgrade your tea drinking habit so that means all the benefits of tea minus the unnecessary side effects…that’s a win-win!
Contrary to other teas that tend to have an acquired taste, our Rooibos tea boasts a sweet, mild flavor with subtle notes of honey and vanilla which is definitely a palate-pleasing tea.
Given that Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine-free, it makes a great option for those who wish to simply avoid caffeine. Their nutty, sweet flavor and fragrance, full-bodied red-infusion, and creamy vanilla finish make them an ideal evening drink. On top of their beautiful flavor and rich color, Rooibos teas are known for the plethora of health benefits that they have to offer.
Let’s have a look at the health benefits of Rooibos tea
- South-Africans are well aware of the potential and power of the Rooibos tea. The zero caffeine nature, low tannin level, and high ascorbic acid content that helps with protecting cells tempt people and hence it successfully outcompetes the caffeinated or decaffeinated beverages all around.
- Studies have revealed the presence of powerful polyphenols and flavonoids in Rooibos tea which are effective antioxidants that have been proven to reduce inflammation and cell damage from free radicals.
- The flavonoids are also known to benefit heart health by successfully reducing blood pressure levels, hence reducing cardiovascular mortality.
- Rooibos tea is a source of the antioxidant aspalathin, which has been shown to have anti-diabetic effects, hence benefitting people with Type 2 Diabetes by easing the symptoms.
- This herbal tea is also a storehouse of many vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium (hence can boost bone health), iron, zinc, and AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which can reverse cell damage and hence rejuvenate the skin.
Apart from the above-mentioned benefits, the flavonoids also relieve stress and strain by lowering the cortisol levels and hence promote relaxation. Rooibos tea also possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Due to the absence of caffeine and since caffeine disrupts sleeping patterns, the Rooibos tea is also helpful in treating insomnia given that it soothes and calms the mind, improving overall mood. Drink this beautiful tea before you sleep or any time of day without worry and you’re good to go!
The visually pleasing, crimson flavored Rooibos tea and the array of health benefits it brings along are bound to make it a favorite. Thanks to its high concentration of vitamins and polyphenols, apart from offering a delicious taste, the Rooibos tea also strives to keep us healthy. Due to the absence of caffeine and the presence of an abundance of antioxidants, the Rooibos tea had occupied a special place in the hearts of health-conscious people.
Switch to this spectacularly healthy, rich, full-bodied infusion and bless yourselves with the subtle mouthfeel that this tea has to offer to you. Unwind yourselves and reap the health benefits as you sip in this delicious, herbal elixir!