Tuesday Tea: Honeybush

This Honeybush tea (Cyclopia spp.) was imported from the Cape of Good Hope. It has a smooth and fruitful body. It tastes like it is a blend, but this particular tea is all natural.  The Honeybush tea that I brew is completely free of flavoring agents and other ingredients. It’s closely related to rooibos, as both plants belong to the Fabaceae family.

Honeybush tea isn’t just another sweet-tasting tea. It’s also caffeine-free, nutritious, and contains very small amounts of a variety of minerals, including calcium, iron, and zinc, as well as beneficial plant compounds that have antioxidant activity. This tea can be consumed any time of day since it is caffeine free. I have to point out that if this is your first time trying the tea, you should stay close to the rest room 😅

How to prepare

Honeybush tea is traditionally prepared by boiling 2 or 3 tablespoons per quart of water for 20 minutes. It isn’t necessary to add milk or sugar, but you are welcomed to sweeten it more if that is your cup of tea. Traditional medicinal use include easing constipation and reducing water retention, and it can be used to treat coughs, due to its pinion content.

Piniton us an expectorant that is sometimes used in cough syrup and is being studied for its reputation to lower blood sugar levels. The herb also contains isoflavones and soumestans, which are considered phytoestrogens and may help ease menopausal symptoms.

Brew a cup of mineral-rich honeybush tea. It is quite nourishing.