The Rooibos plant (aspalathus linearis) is part of the Cape fynbos kingdom and is used to produce a soothing, caffeine-free tea and for uses in the supplement and skin-care industries. Rooibos is indigenous to the Western Cape and is grown commercially for the production for Rooibos extract.
In 2014 the Rooibos plant was awarded Geographic Indicator Status by the European Union, which means that – similar to champagne – it is restricted to the small area of the Cederberg where it grows naturally. African Extracts Rooibos products use an advanced extract of fresh, green rooibos produced at a sophisticated extraction plant by Rooibos SA technicians, right in the heart of the growing region. This straight from the field to the extraction process ensures that the highest levels of antioxidants – as much as 40% by volume – are captured in the extract. Each batch is quality tested for antioxidant levels by an independent laboratory.
While research has confirmed the health benefits of Rooibos, including reducing cholesterol levels, helping prevent some cancers, very little recent has been done on the topical benefits of rooibos. These include being used to treat eczema, psoriasis, dry and inflamed skin.
Naturally high in ascorbic acid, zinc and antioxidants, recent research undertaken at the University of Stellenbosch shows that the same green extract is effective in limiting the replication of precancerous skin cells. This reinforces the protective benefit offered against damaging and ageing environmental factors.
What experts say
“Using green Rooibos extract was found to be effective in limiting cell damage caused by environmental factors, even in precancerous skin cells.”
-Dr Tandeka Mgcwebeba, Researcher Stellenbosch University