What Is Honeybush Tea?

Posted: 10/16/2020

Honeybush (Cyclopia) is a flowering plant native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Named for the mildly sweet, honey-like aroma of its golden-colored blooms, honeybush has long been used as an ingredient in soothing herbal teas. It is closely related to rooibos, also known as red tea, which grows on the Western Cape of South Africa.

During harvest, farmworkers cut the leaves and stems from the honeybush shrub, leaving the roots in place to regrow during the next season. The harvested materials are then fermented and dried. Tea drinkers describe the taste of honeybush tea as full-bodied and lightly sweet, with floral and honey notes.

Delicious & Healthful Honeybush Tea

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Wellness Benefits of Honeybush

Honeybush tea is a type of herbal tea, also known as a tisane. This means that it is not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant and is naturally caffeine-free. Honeybush tea is a wonderful choice for sipping any time of the day, including the afternoon and before bedtime.

The honeybush plant is rich in a type of antioxidants called polyphenols, which may help the body resist cellular damage caused by oxidative stress.* It also contains trace amounts of calcium, zinc, iron and other minerals.*

Honeybush Origins and History

The origins of honeybush tea can be traced to the indigenous Khoisan people of South Africa, who have used the beverage for its medicinal benefits for centuries. Early settlers in the Eastern Cape were quick to adopt the practice of preparing and drinking honeybush tea, particularly the Dutch merchants who traded in that region. The Dutch East India Company introduced the honeybush plant to the European continent during the late 1700s, and the beverage later made its way to the Americas and around the globe.

In certain parts of Africa, it is still a common practice for households to keep a pot of honeybush tea simmering on the stovetop throughout the day. This ensures that there is always tea ready for drinking and serving to guests, and also scents the entire house with the sweet aroma of honey. The honeybush plant can also be used in cooking to add depth of flavor to savory stews and sauces.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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