The Tea History
The first thing to note is that the rooibos tea does not come from the tea plant but it is a plant of South African origin, specifically from the mountainous areas of Cederberg. The roiboos belongs to the legumes, that is, to the same family of plants as the lupine, the bean, the vetch or the clover, only it grows only in South Africa. Its origin goes back to the medicinal use given to it by the Khoisan tribes before its culture almost disappeared.
what is rooibos tea
The rooibos plant whose scientific name is "aspalathuslinearis", which means "red shrub", is such a noble plant that has adapted to a soil that offers very few nutrients, not to mention that the climatic conditions are extremely hot. The collection of rooibos, is wrapped in admirable stories of its people, stories full of effort that captivate the sense of belonging shown by farmers to their lands, their roots. The harvest of the rooibos is not something that is improvised, but on the contrary, it responds to a lot of observation and study to perfect its cultivation.
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This harvest takes place between the months of January and March. During this period, the daytime temperature in South Africa is between 40 ° to 45 ° C, and the nighttime temperature at 20 ° C. Before being collected, one must wait for at least 18 months. Its production age is at its most optimal level, at three years. From there, it can provide excellent results for eight or nine years. The time for its collection covers the whole summer.
Rooibos has two rich varieties:
- Rooibos red: whose tonality arises thanks to the oxidation that the leaves of the plant suffer through the fermentation process.
- Rooibos green: it is richer in natural antioxidants since it does not undergo oxidation during the fermentation process.
Rooibos has much in common with the properties that teas have in their different varieties. Like those, its infusion contains extraordinary effects that are beneficial for health.
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Among the most outstanding are: an incredible antioxidant effect and against free radicals, it is useful to alleviate digestive problems (gastritis, nausea, heaviness in the stomach, among others), reduces and prevents fluid retention. This wonderful natural infusion, as it does not contain caffeine, can be used as a relaxant to achieve a peaceful and pleasant sleep, in addition, remember that there are no known contraindications, so it can be consumed by children and even by pregnant women as long as it has the approval from your doctor. The magic that surrounds all the benefits of this medicinal plant, has not yet reached its maximum splendor. Well, studies are currently being carried out to verify its therapeutic benefits. So soon, we will know much more of all the wonders that we can achieve, in just one cup of this incredible drink: rooibos.