Rooibos, commonly called "red tea", comes from a shrub part of the genus family, only grown in South Africa on the Cederberg mountains. The shrub's leaves and stems are used in infusions.
Rooibos is also rich in medicinal properties as it helps fight against allergies, sleep disorders, skin problems and gastrointestinal issues.
Red tea doesn't contain any theine and very little tannin, it can therefore be drunk in the evening and enjoyed by children. Traditionally, Rooibos is prepared with a drop of milk and a bit of sugar. In the West, Rooibos is very often flavoured and therefore prepared with water. Rooibos infusion time is between 7 and 10 minutes in simmering water (1 teaspoon for a mug). It can be prepared hot or iced.