Also known as Red Bush. The name of a South African tree with some amazing taste and qualities. Certified Organic naturally Caffeine Free.
According to Times Magazine (March 2, 2015) Rooibos Tea is one of the top 50 Healthiest Foods.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicne, food should be your medicine. And a cup of warm tea is a nice way to take your medicine.
Rooibos Tea, a pleasant sweet red tea with a reminder of tai iced tea. Rooibos is naturally Caffeine Free and believed to be beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, mellitus, atherosclerosis, allergic diseases, various dermatus diseases, liver diseases and cateracts.
Rooibos can strongly be recommended for people suffering from irritability, headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns, insomnia, nervous tension, mild depression or hypertension, as it contains no caffeine and has a soothing effect on the central nervous system. Benefits the stomach and indigestive problems like nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach ulcers and constipation. Has anti-spasmodic properties, thus relieving stomach cramps and colic in infants. A benefit in the management of allergies like hay fever, asthma and eczema. Rooibos has a soothing effect on the skin, relieving itching and certain skin irritations like eczema, nappy rash and acne when directly applied to the affected area. This enhances the aged kombucha tea’s own properties as well. Since Rooibos contains no oxalic acid it can be drunk freely by people suffering from kidney stones. Can be used as a pick-me-up in the morning, a superb thirst-quencher during the day and at night it helps you to relax and get a good nights rest.
Suggested use: use one level spoonful (3 grams) per cup of water. Makes about 40 cups of tea. For kombucha brewing use 2 spoonfuls (10 grams) per quart of water. There are roughly 30 grams per ounce. Each 4-ounce package makes about 10 gallons of tea. Steeping time remains a personal preference but when brewing kombucha a longer steep time releases more sterols, which in turn favor, the yeasts over the bacteria. Since kombucha brewing is a balancing act a long steep time favors the yeasts, short steep time favors the bacteria side of the equation.
These herbal teas are not Camellia Sinensis. Kombucha purists recommend only fermented Camellia Sinensis (black tea) be used in kombucha brewing. However noted kombucha experts like Guenther Frank and Harald Tietz. state in their research as well as brewing experience that many herbal teas are acceptable because it is the nitrogen that is important for successful brewing. We have found each of selected herbal teas to add medical value to the art of brewing kombucha. We suggest to maintain viablity that every fourth brew be done in regular tea (Camellia Sinensis) or 25% of every brew be with real tea (Camellia Sinensis.)
Many folks find combining teas into their own blends as well as adding pieces of fresh or dried fruit and herbs; Hawthorne, Elderberries, Wolfberries, Ginseng, to name just a few. We recommend Harald Tietze (herbalist, kombucha enthusiasts) book as he offers hundreds of wonderful flavorful and healthy combinations.
Green teas tend to produce bitter brews if steeped over 5 minutes. Our premium grade White Tea, (White Teas are in the category of Green Tea) do not become bitter and may be steeped 15 minutes or more similar to Black Teas. Our Pu-erh Teas (a category of Black Tea) may be steeped until the cows come home and rarely loose their natural sweetness - but they do become very strong! Additional information on package and accompanying booklet.
A home decaffeinate water-process: Immerse the tea in one cup of boiling water. Wait 30 seconds and remove the tea. Discard that water. Now use the tea in your regular water. 80% of caffeine is naturally extracted in hot water within the first 30 seconds. It is debated the role or benefit that caffeine plays in our lives as well as that in the life of the kombucha. Most kombucha brewers believe that some caffeine is necessary for kombucha brewing. True, depending upon the balance of the kombucha ferment and the lenght of the ferment some of the caffeine will be reduced.