Thanks for the post.
# For those other readers who may not know, the book(s) that Kim is referring to is "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" a wonderful mystery series by former law author Alexander McCall Smith.*
This is indeed the same thing... Rooibos has had more names that Sean "Puffy" Combs! Its scientific name is Aspalathus Linearis, but it is also called Red tea, Bush tea and Redbush tea. When first discovered, botanist Carl Humberg called it "Mountain tea." At an herbal store, you'll probably find it under the name Herbal Allergy tea (due to its natural abilities to fight allergies). In Asia, where it is hugely popular, it is known as Long Life Tea, due to the anti-aging benefits it seems to provide.
For many more interesting facts and ideas about Rooibos, please check out my May 2004 article in TeaMuse:
(and Rooibos aficionado)