The San and Khoi people are the original knowledge holders to the uses of rooibos. Known scientifically as aspalathus linearis but called “rooibos” by the locals, the plant has been used by the San and Khoi for generations as a remedy for a wide range of ailments. The fine, needle-like rooibos leaves are high in antioxidants and caffeine-free. It can relieve allergic symptoms, provide an energy boost and help heal damaged skin. This was confirmed by a traditional knowledge study the South African government commissioned during 2014.