Honeybush is a cousin of Rooibos, cultivated in South Africa's Eastern Cape region. Its flowers smell of honey, which gives this plant it’s sweet name. The taste of honeybush tea is similar to that of rooibos, though slightly sweeter with a fully body. Like Rooibos, it is caffeine free. Add a little honey to honeybush to really bring out the natural sweetness.
Honeybush has been used for treating coughs, because of its content of pinotol (found in Pine trees) which is an expectorant. Pinitol has also been shown to lower blood sugar in laboratory animal studies and is being considered as a drug for diabetes. Honeybush also contains flavones which can be used to reduce blood lipids and alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Cup Colour: Amber.
Brewing time: 7-10 min.