How to enjoy the medicinal properties of rooibos?

Rooibos is a plant native to South Africa. It belongs to the Fabaceae family. Its scientific name is Aspalathus linearis. It is a plant that only develops under very specific conditions.

It needs acidic and poor soil as well as a hot and dry climate. For a shrub, the life expectancy is between 5 to 10 years. In South Africa, this plant is frequently used to make herbal tea. After infusion, we obtain a preparation of a beautiful red color, which earned it the name of “red tea”. In addition, its high content of phenolic groups gives it properties that are highly valued in herbal medicine. Rooibos is also renowned for its high percentage of micronutrients. On the other hand, it is low in tannins.

Indications in herbal medicine

The first healing virtues of this officinal plant were noticed in 1968 by Annetjie Theron. This woman of South African origin used an extract of the plant to relieve her baby’s colic. Subsequently, it is used for treat skin allergies and skin problems. By way of example, mention may be made of eczema, erythema or acne.

The polyphenols contained in rooibos give it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It allows to prevent brain aging and cardiovascular risks. In addition, some studies demonstrate the benefits that this plant brings in the fight against cancer. It is also indicated to treat degenerative diseases.

In addition, rooibos helps to alleviate gastric and intestinal disorders. It is particularly effective in case of bloating, diarrhea, indigestion and colic.

Finally, thanks to the absence of caffeine and theine in its components, this plant helps to fight insomnia.

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Forms and preparations

In natural medicine, we mainly use the leaves and stems. These parts are picked between January and March. Then they are fermented and then dried. The most common form of use is herbal tea.

Instructions for use and dosage

To prepare a cup of herbal tea, you need 1 sachet or 1 teaspoon of fermented extracts. To have the characteristic red color of the rooibos, leave to infuse for 7 to 10 minutes. This preparation can be eaten hot, cold or iced. It is also possible to add sugar or condensed milk.

For external use, this preparation can be applied directly to the skin using a gauze or a compress. This route of administration helps soothe skin inflammation.

Contraindications and precautions for use

Rooibos may interfere with chemotherapy treatments in cancer patients. In addition, it is contraindicated in people with kidney or liver disorders.

To date, no contraindications have been formulated for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, for safe use, it is recommended to seek the advice of a health professional beforehand.


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