Honeybush: Another Underrated Red Tea From South Africa

Honeybush (Cyclopia) is another excellent caffeine-free tea from Africa. The taste is sweet with notes of apricot.

It contains a high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Honeybush Tea

Honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia) is a native shrub to the Cape of South Africa. This plant was first documented is the 1700s and since then it has kept a pretty low profile and its use was previously isolated to the natives of the region.

Honeybush growing on a plantation

Honeybush is traditionally used to treat coughs. This can be explained in part, by its content of pinitol, a modified sugar (a methyl group replaces hydrogen in one position of glucose — see diagram below) which is an expectorant.

Detailed information on Honeybush can be found here.

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  1. Hmm, while I like the taste of Honest Tea, I don’t like that they have hooked up with Ford to prmote their “hybrid” SUV that gets less than 35 miles to the gallon..

    “Ford needs to escape ALL gas guzzlers by producing a fuel efficient fleet, not just 20,000 token hybrid SUVs,” says Sarah Connolly, an organizer with the Zero Emissions Campaign at Rainforest Action Network. “While Ford parades its Escape SUV around the country, it continues to produce hundreds of thousands of gas-guzzlers that are endangering our economy, environment, and national security. Ford needs to green more than its blue logo, and we will continue to demonstrate the power of grassroots market pressure until they show measurable and meaningful fleet-wide improvement.”


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