Wednesday, July 20, 2016


It is winter. It is cold. Aside from fireplaces, heaters, electric blankets, coats, scarves and other items that keep us warm from the outside in, tea has this incredible ability to warm us from the inside out.

This month we want to shout about our herbal tea: Rooibos (Pronounced: Roy – Boss) or directly translated into English as ‘Red Bush’.

You see, Rooibos is technically not a tea (from the Camelia Sinensis species) but rather a shrub that grows in only one area in the world – the Cedarberg in the Western Cape of South Africa in what is now a protected World Heritage site approximately 200km north of Cape Town.

Anecdotally, Rooibos has been used by locals there for more than just drinking pleasure. When there is a skin ailment – it is bathed in. For pregnant and new mums nursing their babies – the tea is drunk in copious amounts to ease the body’s changing biomechanics. To aid in increasing ones appetite – it is also consumed (although of all the urban legends I have heard I am not so sure about this one).

Lastly – the great thing about Rooibos is that it is also caffeine free.

Whether you like your Rooibos flavoured, unflavoured, with a bit of spice, with some lemon or with some real chocolate stars we have no doubt it will warm you up from the inside out - especially this time of year.

Go ahead. Get your Red Bush on here!