The name Rooibos comes from Red Bush. It was given its name by Dutch invadors when they met with the original South African inhabitants, the San. Rooibos is Afrikaans for Red Bush. The color red comes from the mountain mineral water, air and hot sun.
The Rooibos tea is made from Fynbos, a tonic plant which only appears in the Cedarberg Mountains area, Western Cape of South Africa. So real Rooibos tea can only originate from this region.
In San groups, medicine men swore to the healing powers of this tea. It was intensively used as a medicine for hay fever and for relaxation purposes. They rolled leaves in bunches and transported it as woven grass on donkeys along the steep mountain flanks.
The San already knew about the mysterious ways in which Rooibos tea works. As it’s a tonic plant, it has health benefits for numerous diceases, ills… Let’s see what benefits Rooibos and other reletad plants have:
Buchu: stimulate kidney function to treat mild cystitis and prosatititis. In small doses buchu is an appetite stimulant and is a good digestive, carminative and antispasmodic. Also used to treat colds, flu, coughs, rheumatism and gout.
Kankerbos: Anti-viral and anti-cancer. Used to treat cystitis, piles, inflammation rheumatism, liver problems, backaches and HIV/AIDS. Boosts immune system.
Sandolien: Decoction of leaves for fever, arthritis influenza and even measles.
Rooibos: Antispasmodic and anti-ageing flavonoids. Rooibos tea reduces heart diseases.
Bloublomsalie: Infusions used for flu, bronchitis, abdominal cramps and indigestion.
Wildeals: Infusion of leaves used for coughs, flu, colds, also fever,colic, headache, earache, malaria, intestinal worms etc. Decongestant and anti-bacterial, narcotic, analgesic and antihistamine activity.
Siektroos: Infusions of tuberous rootstock for vernereal diseases, decoctions for epilepsy and bladder problems. Resinous gum used to treat ringworm. Piece of raw tap rootis chewed and juice is swallowed to treat coughproductive of purulent spotum and tuberculosis.
Kattekruid: Leaves steeped in hot water for 10 minutes and taken as a tea. Treatment of haemorrhoids. With salvias used to treat measles and fever. Infusions or brandy tinctures for colds, flu, bronchitis, asthma, heart trouble, insomnia, liver problems, typhoid fever, headaches and foot bath for arthritis. Antispasmodic and sedative effects.
Nowadays, Rooibos has developed into a worldwide product. You can find Rooibos tea infusions in all corners of the globe, from Japan to the USA. Although Rooibos is widely spread, research to its true powers is only in its baby steps. Nonetheless do many people report their stories on how Rooibos helped them.