Honeybush Herbal Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Cultivated in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Honeybush tea shares many similarities to its Rooibos cousin, although it is argued that its taste is far sweeter.
As its name might suggest, this delectable brew boasts subtle yet distinct flavours of Honey, with its aroma recognisable in both plant and tea form.
This tea derived from plants in the Cyclopia family and is regarded as one of the most up-and-coming herbal tea infusions currently available on the market. While its exports continue to rapidly increase, Honeybush has already begun to follow in the footsteps of Rooibos Tea as a successful alternative to ordinary tea.
History of Honeybush Tea
The history of Honeybush can largely be traced back to the tea trade of the British and Dutch during the 17th and 18th Century. Unlike Rooibos, however, no published records have yet noted its consumption amongst the indigenous population of South Africa.
Despite this, early references have suggested its usage came soon after the establishment of a settlement later known as Cape Town in 1658, which had originally been set up as a supply base by the Dutch East India Company.
The colonised region soon saw Botanists traveling from across Europe to catalogue the rich flora of the cape, with Honeybush Tea first recognised in literature in 1705.
Just over 100 years later, in 1814, the British government purchased the Cape Colony from the Dutch, and English quickly became the official language a few years later.
During this period, Honeybush Tea underwent years of research as its true potential began to unravel. By the end of the century, the renowned publication of the ‘King’s American Dispensatory of 1898’, saw Honeybush finally listed as a substitute to tea.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Honeybush.
Origin: The Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and leave to infuse for 8 – 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? You might not be surprised to hear that Honey can be an excellent accompaniment to this blend! Alternatively, consider adding lemon for an interesting and unique balance between bitter and sweet.
Tasting Notes: Before taking your first sip of Honeybush tea, spare a moment to enjoy the sweet and luxurious aroma wafting from your cup. With its sweet yet subtle tastes of – you guessed it – honey, this beverage also has slight earthy undertones.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Honeybush Tea Benefits
Similar to Rooibos, Honeybush has been noted for its incredible health benefits with both tisanes low in tannins and completely caffeine free!
Further to this, Honeybush is a natural source of many antioxidants including flavones, isoflavones, coumestans, luteolin, 4-hydroxycinnamic acid, polyphenols, ananthones. It is contains major phenolic compounds which have the ability to play a significant role in protecting the immune system. Meanwhile,
Honeybush tea is also effective in relieving menopausal symptoms in women!
TypeHerbal Tea, Rooibos Tea
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon
CountryMore Than One Origin