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It's a kind of tea not tea. The delicious unfermented drink is made from the bark of the South African Cape tea tree, also called the red bush. It is the local people who like to take advantage of its beneficial properties.

Although rooibos does not contain caffeine, it does stimulate. It also has a good effect on quality sleep and our psyche. It helps with anxiety or depression, calms, but boasts many other beneficial properties. It supports metabolism, has a diuretic effect and, thanks to fluoride, has a good effect on our teeth by preventing tooth decay. It also improves skin condition, relieves cramps, lowers blood sugar and strengthens the heart. It is good for the liver, it is also good for constipation, it strengthens immunity and because it is full of antioxidants it also rejuvenates.

It is also suitable for use in food

It is a very tasty drink that you will appreciate in winter and summer. It can be prepared warm, but it is also delicious chilled. You may not have known that it contains trace elements similar to those found in milk. So by drinking it, even people who are allergic to milk can get these substances into their bodies. The taste is slightly sweet, so you save on sugar. You will feel it even more intensely in the case of honeybush, a tea related to rooibos. It earned its name for its aroma and taste, which is reminiscent of honey. The preparation and effects are similar. It is also popular in hot cooking, when it is added to food as an interesting flavour enhancement or for its colour.

In both cases, proper storage is important. It makes the tea last a really long time. It requires storage in a dry place, ideally at room temperature. Store it in an airtight container, otherwise it will easily absorb odours from the surroundings. Preparation is then quite simple. Pour boiling water over one teaspoon of loose tea, cover with a lid and leave to infuse for about 5 minutes.

A little more about the bush

It is a very interesting plant. The Cape tea plant is about a metre and a half tall shrub with long branches. Its leaves resemble needles. It takes several years for its seeds to germinate. In the ground, they wait for suitable conditions. The shrub boasts deep roots that allow it to reach the water table and is perfectly nourished even in hot areas. It is harvested twice a year.

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