About Rooibos

Rooibos History & Culture

Rooibos Processed By Hand Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a small shrub in the bean family that grows only in a single mountain range in South Africa and nowhere else on Earth. The needle-like leaves are fermented to produce the tea’s characteristic red color and rich flavor. Rooibos (say roy-boss) is an abundant source of antioxidants and minerals. It is an ideal tea for children, as well as for those sensitive to caffeine. It is also naturally low in tannin.

Health Benefits of Rooibos

Rooibos Caffeine Content

Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free.

Rooibos Antioxidants

Rooibos is a rich source of antioxidants. It has an ORAC value of around 2000 µmolTE/240ml, which is roughly equivalent to a cup of green tea.

Other Rooibos Health Benefits

  • Low in tannin.
  • Grounding, warming and balancing.
  • Rooibos has a reputation in South Africa for soothing bellies and easing allergies.
  • Rooibos contains alpha-hydroxy acid, which is an excellent topical for the skin.

The Preparation of Rooibos

Rooibos requires boiling water to release its full flavor and benefits. In rural South Africa, it is common to see a pot of rooibos simmering all day atop the woodstove. We recommend a steep-time of at least 10 minutes.

Our Rooibos Source

Fair Trade Rooibos Farmer Our certified fair trade rooibos is hand-harvested by an indigenous cooperative of Khoi-San farmers in South Africa's Cedarburg Mountains. Traditional small-scale farming techniques ensure sustainable yields, stable desert soils, and long-lived, potent plants. What’s more, a portion of the sale of this tea goes directly to community development initiatives such as schools, health facilities, and job creation.

Our Rooibos Products

Organic Fair Trade Rooibos - Tea Bags

Rich in flavor but light on bitter tannin, rooibos (say roy-boss) is an abundant source of antioxidants and minerals. More Info >>
• 1 box (24 tea bags)
$5.49


• 6-Pack (6 x 24 tea bags)
$4.99 per box - SAVE $3.00!
$29.94


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Organic Fair Trade Rooibos - Loose Tea

Our organic rooibos comes from the Heiveld Co-Op, a group of native farmers in the rural hinterlands of the rooibos region. More Info >>
• 5.3 oz. bag
$8.49


• 6-Pack (6 x 5.3 oz. bag)
$7.89 per bag - SAVE $3.60!
$47.34


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Organic Fair Trade Rooibos Chai - Tea Bags

Our organic chai spices come from the Peermade Development Society which is involved in empowering small farmers, educating women, and helping to preserve/restore the local ecology of southern India. More Info >>
• 1 box (24 tea bags)
$5.49


• 6-Pack (6 x 24 tea bags)
$4.99 per box - SAVE $3.00!
$29.94


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Organic Fair Trade Rooibos Chai - Loose Tea

Our organic chai spices come from the Peermade Development Society which is involved in empowering small farmers, educating women, and helping to preserve/restore the local ecology of southern India. More Info >>
• 5.3 oz. bag
$9.49


• 6-Pack (6 x 5.3 oz. bag)
$8.89 per bag - SAVE $3.60!
$53.34


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