Red tea is also known as Rooibos tea. Red tea comes from a shrub which only grows in the Cape of Good Hope area of South Africa. Red tea was originally consumed as a tea-substitute during the war years when regular tea was not available. Red tea (or Rooibos) has since become a popular beverage in its own right.

Red tea comes from a shrub called Aspalathus Linearis. Since it is not from the Camellia sinensis plant, red tea is more properly classified as a tisane, Red tea is also known as rooibos teaor herbal tea.

As an herbal tea, red tea is caffeine free and has many health benefits. Scientific studies have shown that red tea is useful for insomnia, irritability, headaches, nervous tension, and hypertension.

Many people in South Africa drink red tea with milk and sugar, but it is naturally sweet so can be served without additional sweeteners. It brews to a deep reddish brown color and has a delightful nutty taste.

Besides being an excellent thirst-quencher, red tea can also be applied to the skin to relieve irritations such as insect bites or rashes.

Red tea is a good source of minerals. It contains copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese, alpha- hydroxy and magnesium. In addition, it is low in oxalic acid so it can be safely consumed by people who are prone to kidney stones.