Resurrection Bush - Uses, Benefits, and History

The earth is filled with mystical things. 

The leaves of the resurrection plant contract and seem to be dead in the dry season, but astonishingly turn green within a few minutes after you water it. This goes on even when the stems have been picked a while ago. 

Let’s find out more about this miracle shrub.



Myrothamnus flabellifolius is a small resinous shrub, about 0.2- 1.2 m in height. It grows singly or in colonies with widespread root systems that extend into the fissures of the rocky outcrops with soil depths of 15cms. Its roots are able to capture water draining into these hollows after rainfall, thus starting re-hydration.

Its leaves have wavy, broad tips, with the stalk sheathing at the base creating a joint with the blade. The stem is stiff, more branched, and aromatic.

The fruits are three-lobed, leathery capsules, which are somewhat larger than the carpels at anthesis.



Resurrection bush tea is effective in fighting premature aging and stress caused by an unhealthy lifestyle or unnecessary exposure to harsh chemicals.

Compared to rooibos tea, it contains potent antioxidants which help avoid free radical damage thus decreasing the risk of cancer and other lifestyle illnesses. 

The leaves and flowers Resurrection bush tea is a rich source of arbutin, a compound recognized to help clear age spots, scars, and hyperpigmentation securely. If you want young and healthy-looking skin, then this is the best herbal tea for you.



The leaves are mostly used as a traditional medicine to treat a variety of illnesses. Inhalation of smoke from burning these leaves treats chest complaints and asthma. Decoctions of these leaves treat mastitis, coughs, influenza, backache, abdominal pains, kidney illnesses, hemorrhoids, scurvy, menstrual pain, halitosis, hypertension, and gingivitis.

Resurrection bush is also effective as an essential oil for use in the pharmaceutical, perfume, and cosmetic industries.


Traditional Uses

Resurrection Bush tea is extremely popular among local herbalists in Zimbabwe. This herbal tea is loaded with minerals and has a soothing effect, making it perfect for relaxing after a hectic day or before bed at night. Its antioxidant levels boost immune health, helping you resist flu, colds, and other minor illnesses.

Ailments that can be treated with this herbal tea are:

  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Inflammation
  • Headaches
  • Backaches 
  • Bad breath



How to prepare a cup of Resurrection tea?

Here are the steps:

  1. Bring 1/2 liter of water to a rolling boil and turn off the heat. 
  2. Drop 3-4 dried twigs of the herb into the pot and let it steep for 15 minutes. It will create a beautiful, light amber-colored tea.

It can be consumed in the morning and evening. But do not exceed a liter a day. 

So, here goes everything we know about this miracle tea and its benefits. You can get the goodness of this Resurrection tea from our shop. It is 100% Natural and sustainably sourced for your betterment!


 Resurrection bush herbal tea

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