13 Amazing Benefits of Red Rooibos Tea

Health benefits of red rooibos tea include its use as a cure for headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging. This tea is absolutely free from caffeine content and is also low in tannins. Drinking rooibos tea can further ease severe stomach cramps, as well as bring relief to asthma and other related conditions. It also boosts the immune system.

Rooibos tea or red tea is an herbal beverage, with medicinal properties, that is acquired from the Aspalathus linearis bush plant found in South Africa. According to the South African Rooibos Council, rooibos is not a true tea, but an herb. The fermented tea is red in color. The health benefits of red rooibos tea are abundant. It is popular due to its great taste and unique color that come along with other benefits.

Its medicinal attributes have been confirmed by The US Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., which has affirmed that red rooibos tea is capable of reducing cancer, heart diseases, premature aging, and other serious conditions.

Red Rooibos Tea Nutrition Facts

Red rooibos tea has no oxalic acid and therefore, it can be consumed by people who have kidney stones. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium, and alpha hydroxy acid. It also contains antioxidants like aspalathin and nothofagin and the extremely potent and versatile phenolic compounds.

Health Benefits of Red Rooibos Tea

Red rooibos tea is one of the best health drinks or beverages for those who care about their fitness. The beneficial factors that have been positively correlated with red rooibos tea can be found below.

Rich in Polyphenols

Rooibos contains polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimutagenic qualities. Polyphenols are organic chemicals that are often praised for their antioxidant capabilities. Rooibos tea has many phenolic compounds within it and polyphenols are the most important of them. They act as scavengers of free radicals throughout the body, which are detrimental byproducts of cell metabolism that can cause cancer and heart diseases. Aspalathin and nothofagin are two other vital antioxidants that rooibos tea contains, making it a great beverage to boost your immune system and protect your body against all types of diseases.

Contains No Caffeine

Rooibos tea is completely caffeine-free, therefore, it is recommended for patients suffering from insomnia. A cup of rooibos beverage just before going to bed can help you sleep better. By removing caffeine from your diet, you can also improve your stress levels, mood, and heart health. Being dependent on caffeine is the most common addiction throughout the world, but people don’t realize the dangers that it can pose. Rooibos tea gives you the energy and health benefits, without this dangerously addictive substance.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Rooibos tea is known to relieve stress, nervous tension, and hypertensive conditions. Hypertension is more commonly known as high blood pressure and rooibos tea acts as a bronchodilator. It not only relieves respiratory conditions but also reduces blood pressure, which can lead to dangerous cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and atherosclerosis.


Improves Bone Health

Red rooibos tea is rich in calcium, manganese, and fluoride minerals that assist in maintaining good bone structure and stronger teeth. By increasing the bio-availability of minerals in your system, you can reduce your chances of developing conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and chronic joint pain. Manganese actually works on a deeper level and stimulates the enzymes which are required to build new bones and repair damages. Fluoride is more commonly related to dental health, which is why fluoride compounds are often found in most of the mouthwashes and toothpastes. Whether it is the teeth or the bone structure, red rooibos tea gives you an advantage over everything!

Improves Heart Health

Quercetin, another powerful antioxidant found in rooibos tea, has been linked to preventing a wide variety of heart conditions. It is anti-inflammatory in nature, which means that it reduces blood pressure and scavenges free radicals like other antioxidants. It promotes an increase in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and inhibits the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) from binding to the walls of arteries and blood vessels. This means added protection against various heart conditions, including atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Treats Colic

Rooibos tea can be useful for small children who suffer from colic or stomach pain. You may add some sweetened milk to the tea to improve the flavor and make it more palatable. This is actually what first made rooibos tea a well-known health aid. Many South African women claimed that this plant was very soothing for their colicky infant. Word began to spread and rooibos tea was suddenly being put up against a number of health issues to see what benefits it showers. 50 years later, the world knows all about this powerful little herb! The exact mechanism by which it soothes colic and stomach pain is unknown, but the general anti-inflammatory properties of the herb are most likely responsible.

Controls Diabetes

Aspalathin is one of the rare antioxidants that found in rooibos tea and it has a number of unique qualities. It can help to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance and glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas. This results in an ideal defensive shield against developing type II Diabetes, one of the most widespread and dangerous conditions currently sweeping the world. By balancing blood sugar, rooibos tea can also protect people that already have diabetes by preventing the spikes and drops in blood sugar that are detrimental to their overall health.

Skin Care

The alpha hydroxy acid and zinc in this red tea are very good for the skin. You can also try applying some red tea powder directly to the skin to relieve acne, pimples, sunburn or related skin conditions. Alpha-hydroxy acids can reduce the signs of wrinkles and other premature aging symptoms but they are rarely found in natural products. They are found in chemical peels, which revitalize the skin and leave it fresh and invigorated with a healthy glow. However, there has been some controversy about commercial uses of alpha hydroxy acid, so it is always better to get it from a natural source, like the red rooibos tea.

Prevents Kidney Stones

People with kidney stone problems can drink as much red rooibos tea as they want as there is no oxalic acid in the beverage. Many times, people with kidney stones are discouraged from drinking too much tea because of this exacerbating ingredient. Oxalic acid is a crystal-forming substance, so it can make the presence of calcium stones or other painful growth in the kidney even worse by making them larger. That won’t be a problem with rooibos tea!

Antispasmodic Properties

This tea is a rich source of antispasmodic agents, which can ease severe stomach cramps and abdominal pains. This is mainly due to the activation of K+ (potassium ions) in the body without antagonizing the activities of calcium. Together, this can reduce the presence of hyperactivity in the gastrointestinal tract, thus preventing diarrhea and other intestinal issues.

redrooibosteaTreats Allergies

In many parts of South Africa, rooibos tea is used as an effective curative to treat allergies like eczema, hay fever, and allergy-related bronchitis. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, thanks to its phenolic content, and this is why it is also prescribed for asthma and topical allergic reactions of various types throughout the body.

Delays Aging

The antioxidants present in rooibos tea slow down the aging process and also boost the strength of the immune system. Antioxidants seek out free radicals that damage the skin, hair, bones, and other organ systems by making them vulnerable to diseases and degeneration. Rooibos tea is one of the most potent beverages in terms of antioxidant content. It also has anti-aging effects in terms of cognitive ability, because it reduces the impact of oxidative byproducts in neural pathways, thus stimulating concentration and focus.

Great Beverage

Red rooibos tea is an excellent thirst quencher and does wonders for athletes, hyperactive children, and those who travel often, whether for pleasure or business. Most people prefer to drink rooibos tea in its natural form without using any sweeteners and those who simply want a refreshing drink without a caffeine boost, rooibos is an ideal choice.

Contains Rare Nutrients

Rooibos tea is said to contain rare nutrients like quercetin and bioflavonoids that assist in good blood circulation and obstructs hemorrhaging.

Word of Caution: Despite all of these health benefits of rooibos tea, there can be a downside for some people. Since rooibos is so powerful, it can interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients. Also, rooibos has shown estrogenic activities in certain studies, so it might not be a good idea to use if you have hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. Finally, if you have any existing kidney or liver conditions, rooibos might be more harmful than helpful. It should be used as a preventive measure for these conditions, not as a cure. Make sure you speak to your doctor before adding any new dietary elements or beverages to your normal routine, particularly something as powerful as rooibos tea!

Other than that, enjoy and drink to your good health!

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Vincent Perugini

I love how there are so many different types of tea, each with their own set of benefits and compounds.

One question for you - what does it taste like?

Please produce the proved (ie double-blind trials) which prove that ANY of the claimed health effects are real ?

Vincent Perugini

In most cases, the number of studies done on a given tea tends to be low and many of those have small sample sizes and/or are poorly designed. I imagine that many of the health benefits here are from studies on tea in general and the compounds present, rather than rooibos itself.

The article is carefully worded, in that it states the Dept. of Agriculture confirmed the medicinal content. That's not the same as confirming the health effects, which is very hard to do in general. Two people in the same house, drinking the same water, and eating the same food, and only one might get cancer. Good health is as good health does. If you displace drinking caffeinated beverages, that itself is a healthy choice, most would agree.

You can always find this tea at your local health food store. It may not be available at regular grocers, but sometimes you might look there. You can always order online...

I'm glad that i placed the order, good health benefits.

where can I buy this in Oakville, Ontario?

I just bought some at Bulk Barn today its near the bulk spices! Its so good. Get the Rooibios and vaniila one.

Can someone please tell me what's the best brand of Rooibos tea to buy, especially in Australia.

Repubic of Tea brand is very good. You can order it online, in "bulk" which means you don't get the fancy tin.

I wouldn't worry about the brand, I get this tea at the supermarket and it's good. My skin and eyes look cleaner and brighter the day after I drink it, which means the tea is doing its work. Just don't get the cheapest one and you'll be fine 🙂

I love Numi Organic Rooibos.

Try "Dogadan" Rooibos with Vanilla ...It s Great

Patrick Elliget

My daughter who is fructose intolerant has reported it has helped a lot with discomfort of gas/bloating after eating.Great with soy milk as well.Enjoying one
now.Yummy and nice to know it's many health benefits.

Hello Patrick, Thanks for sharing. It is good to know that red rooibos tea helped your daughter.

I love this tea. But does it make anyone else pee loads?! Running to the loo every 15-20 mins after a mug full...... Might be a good thing but I'm not sure.

Love this Tea have been drinking it now for two years I have noticed loads of benefits . BUT like you it certainly makes me want to pee a lot.

That's why it's good for high blood pressure. It's a natural diuretic but does not leach potassium from your system like pharmaceutical diuretics do.

Project Wellness Now

I substituted a "bad" habit of drinking coffee with drinking Rooibos tea with homemade almond milk.

I love Rooibos tea with milk and honey. A little sweetness with the natural nutty flower from the plant. Yum. I have a cup every evening.

Jessica Hartley Sorrow

My husband's Dr. Suggested this tea for him because of all the benefits. After sitting on the shelf for a few months I thought I would try it. The taste is wonderful! All by itself. I'm a big fan of green tea and now this rooibos tea is a keeper. And the benefits are a plus:-)

I've been drinking red bush tea with raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey for months. I've now started making kombucha using red bush tea, but currently with sugar, and the results taste similar to, but more intense than, my previous drink. I'm now going to use raw honey in place of sugar and I anticipate the combined benefits of red bush tea, kombucha probiotics and raw honey will produce an even healthier elixir than any of these three on their own - and at very little cost. Does anyone have any comments?

Prophetic Artist Pam Herrick

It is recommended real sugar be used for making Komucha because the bacteria thrive on in much better than honey and it is pretty much all gone by the the time it comes for you to consume it, you will not be drinking all the sugar, the bacteria will just grow well from it. Research that, it is the one time health nuts will say, "use sugar". Good luck.

How did this turn out for you? I'm curious to know.

this sounds like a good idea. I am going to try. How do you make the Kombucha?

I know this is an older comment, but in case anyone is happening across this now:

You may not want to use raw honey in the process of Kombucha (or Kefir or anything else that deals with live fermentation) because honey is an antibacterial and could kill your scobi/kefir grains. If you intend to use honey with either, add it after (and to each cup) rather than as an ingredient in your fermentation. Good luck!

Prophetic Artist Pam Herrick

You are right FarmerAnge, and sugar is the best thing for the bacteria, scobi in Kombucha, the bacteria eat up most of the sugar and thrive on it, by the time it is ready for consumption and fermented, most of all that sugar is gone. I never thought about the honey in kefir. I am glad I make mine only with raw milk. I also drink it plain. I don't add anything, but, I would have added honey if I wanted it sweet without even having thought about the honey being antibacterial,....can't believe I did not think of that, especially since I use Manuka Honey for wound care! (best wound care ever).



Thanks for the article

It's there naturaly, dumb cluck!

These people are incredibly dumb. Fluoride is naturally produced in our body for bone and teeth formation purpose.

its Fluorine NOT Fluoride

the article clearly says fluoride

fluoride is a toxin. Why is there fluoride in it?

its Fluorine NOT Fluoride!

Dave van der Linde

is rooibos part of the strelitzia plant?

Meenakshi Nagdeve

No Rooibos is not a part of strelitzia plant

I've grown up with this tea, no other tea can even compare with Rooibos

Add ice and a few Strawberry's for delicious iced tea

Enough said.

I am currently on HRTpatches, going thru menopause. Will it be ok to drink the tea considering the estrogenin. It

If you are already on HRT,then you might want to avoid it.Because,it will cause an additive effect.
You don't want too much estrogen in your system,just the right amount of everything. 🙂

This a well written article especially on the health benefits of this great tea, remember in everything we do, we must take precautions.

Hi! When can you drink rooibos tea? I mean at what age is it recommended. Thanks!

Hi I am a South African now living in the UK. I grew up drinking Rooibos tea and continue to enjoy its refreshing taste. It can be drank at any age, from baby to old age. We have never been warned of any side affects or interference with current health issues, and if there were the packaging would mention it (esp. in UK), but it does not as there are no side effects. Any food or beverage consumed out of moderation is not good for one. Rooibos tea is just a drink with amazing properties, which most South African's enjoy. I was so happy to find it so widely available in the UK. It has sentimental values for me too as it's only found in a small region of the Western Cape.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Monika,
One can drink rooibos tea. But one should consult health specialist if suffering from any allergy, medical conditions etc.

okay - my bad.... it was a pop up ad. Not related

Rooibos Tea +honey+Lemon is so relaxing and tasty. I take this every morning 🙂

Is rooibos tea appropriate for infants (within a year of age) to assist with allergies, eczema & respiratory issues?

This tea is amazing! Its got a lvly taste. Aids my sleep. Calms me down. I recommend it to everyone.

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