Ditch your green tea for South Africa’s indigenous export — the Rooibos tea. Pronounced as ‘Royboss’, it is probably the IT tea to have right now. Here are a few things you need to know about rooibos before giving it a try. By Shubhanjana Das

Rooibos isn’t actually a tea. It’s actually a needle-like, red-coloured herb, which comes from the shrub Aspalathus linearis. The people of South Africa have been using this tea for multiple health benefits for a long time. The tea is cut by hand and left for intense oxidisation, which in turn gives it a rich red colour.

Rooibos comes with its share of undertones, which takes it up a notch higher than our usually tasteless green tea (sorry, green tea lovers, we had to say it!) This tea has a mild, sweet taste with undertones of vanilla and honey. Although it is caffeine-free, it is also a  storehouse of antioxidants, approximately 50% higher than green tea. In fact, some people even consider it better than matcha tea!

From deeper, better sleep to anti-inflammatory properties and even preventing diseases like cancer and diabetes, rooibos tea could easily be a daily medicine that we need in our lives today.

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Wait a second, did we tell you that it also keeps your hair and skin healthy? You can either apply it directly or drink it religiously everyday. We’re cancelling every salon session henceforth, and buying a pack of rooibos tea instead!

Rooibos tea is also a healthier alternative to beverage options that often come loaded with empty calories. Its high antioxidant content makes it one of the best choices. Besides, it also reduces the generation of stress hormones in the body, which delays fat storage and also helps keep hunger pangs at bay. Seriously, is this the millennial magic potion or what!

BRB, we’re brewing ourselves a cuppa.

Related: Explore The Tea Gardens Of Northeast India To Find Your Perfect Cup!