San, Khoi & Rooibos Factsheet

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on google
Share on linkedin

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.

Related Publications

ABS Toolkit: Marula

ABS Toolkit: Buchu

ABS Toolkit: Aloe Ferox

Applying a human rights-based approach to the Global Biodive…

Webinar series: Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities‘ …

Submission: Basic Environmental Assessments for various West…

Scroll to Top

Sign up to Natural Justice!

Receive our quarterly newsletter or get blog updates. Easily unsubscribe at any time.