Aspalathus linearis commonly referred to as rooibos, is a South African herbal tea that has become increasingly popular worldwide. The plant is endemic to the Western Cape of South Africa, where it is extensively cultivated for both domestic and international markets.
For centuries, the indigenous Khoisan women of South Africa have sipped the distinct red coloured herbal tea and sworn by its soothing and healing properties. They bruised the wet, freshly cut, needle-like leaves of the native shrub and allowed it to ferment in the hot African sun, turning the herb red. The resultant rooibos tea, better known as ‘redbush’, was traditionally used by the Khoisan tribe as an herbal medicine for a wide range of ailments.