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June 12, 2017

Unlike all green or black teas, rooibos (red-bush), is not made using the normal tea plant leaves, the Camellia Sinensis tea plant, but rather from a herbal shrub native to southern Africa, Aspalathus Linearis.

Rather big scientific words, that basically mean they are completely different! But unlike other herbal teas, Rooibos can actually be made like a normal tea - so you have the benefits of a herbal tea but the convenience of a normal tea.

But what really makes rooibos unique when compared to other herbal teas, is the fact that it does not contain any tannin, so it can be brewed or left to infuse for as long as it takes to make a strong cup without ever going bitter. Another little known fact of normal black or green tea, is that the longer the tea is left in the water the higher the caffeine content is - not rooibos!

Another, often not discussed fact is the affects of caffeine on digestion. Normal tea, although generally ok has also be shown to have side effects in some people.

Black or green tea can cause stomach or gastrointestinal pain in some individuals, while in contrast there have been numerous research studies over the years without any evidence that rooibos does not cause any side effects whatsoever. Rooibos and honeybush are really good for you!

The bad news

You’ll see from the image that too much caffeine really isn’t very good for you, so if you’re a habitual tea or coffee drinker, consider substituting the odd cup or two with rooibos. Your adrenal glands, stomach and nervous system will thank you for it! And if you very sensitive to drinking too much caffeine, before you know it you will be sleeping a bit sounder at night!

The good news

Rooibos tastes delicious with milk or black and/or with sugar or honey to sweeten means that it is a great substitute for normal tea or coffee anyone wishing to cut back on caffeinated drinks.

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