Rooibos - Aspalathus linearis, Redbush, Bush Tea, Rooibos Tea
2011-11-10 14:26:52
Poison Dart Frog
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Aspalathus - Red Tea Aspalathus is also known as Redbush. Aspalathus is usually made into an infusion or tea but one should not confuse Aspalathus with any variation of white, green, or black tea. Rooibos (pronounced roy-boss) is a completely different plant grown in the Western African Cape Province. The leaves are actually green but turn red when oxidized. Aspalathus has been found to have several anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.


In 2010, eleven poison dart frogs were raised at WWT Slimbridge by amphibian keepers in pint glasses of water, topped up with shop-bought Rooibos tea. Rooibos was used because it contains antioxidants with anti-fungal properties. This successfully protected the frogs against infection by chytridiomycosis. A recent study performed by Japanese scientists also suggests that Rooibos tea is beneficial in the topical treatment of acne. This is due to levels of alpha hydroxy acid, Zinc and superoxide dismutase present in the herb.


The health benefits of Rooibos are:

  • Contains similar amounts of polyphenols and has been shown to be anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. Naturally caffeine-free with minimal amounts of tannins (good for sleeping).
  • Contains calcium, manganese and fluoride (not found in other teas.) Can be given to infants suffering from Colic, sleeping problems or stomach cramps.
  • Contains alpha hydroxy acid and Zinc which is great for the skin. You can even apply it directly to the skin to help with acne, Eczema and Sunburn etc.
  • People with Kidney Stones can drink it because there's no oxalic acid.
  • Other vitamins and minerals found are: Zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium.


Side effects of Aspalathus or Red Tea: None reported.

comment comments (1)
Jennifer Stuart 2012-09-11 14:34:33
Cool! I didn't realize there were so many health benefits to this type of tea. It's been awhile since I've bought tea in bulk...I've been lazy, and either buying black pre-bagged tea or just bulk herbs and making herbal tee. The Rooibos should make its way back into my life though...thanks for the reminder!