What is Rooibos?

Posted by Emily Booth on

While it may look like a tea, drink like a tea and act like a tea, Rooibos (pronounced “roy-boss”) is actually not a true “tea.”  Derived from the shrub, Aspalathus linearis, native to South Africa, it’s a herb that’s technically a member of the legume family. Once harvested and oxidised, Rooibos takes on its signature mahogany red colour, giving it nicknames like, “African red tea,” or, “red bush tea.”


Flavour Profile:

This herbal infusion is earthy, smoky and sweet, with notes of vanilla, honey, and geranium.  While it’s tasty sipped on its own, Rooibos is traditionally prepared with a touch of milk and honey.  In our Berry + Gingko Recovery blend, we pair Rooibos with natural flavours like hibiscus, strawberry, blackcurrant, and lavender, giving it an easy-sipping, slightly fruity flavour.



Perhaps most notably, Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and packs a ton of antioxidants — hence it being the key ingredient in our Recovery teas.  It has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and protects cell membranes, which is plenty enough reason to start incorporating it into your regular routine.  And its lack of caffeine makes it a great alternative to green or black tea, especially if consumed in the latter part of the day.

A full-bodied post-performance indulgence in concentrated form, Rooibos is the perfect beverage for anyone. Whether you’re active, high-performing, or just in need of caffeine-free, antioxidant-packed beverage alternative, give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.  Happy sipping!

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