Soothing honeybush tea

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Key health benefits of honeybush

  • Caffeine-free
  • Very low tannin levels
  • It is very soothing and calms the central nervous system
  • Eases constipation
  • Can be applied topically to skin irritations
  • Full of antioxidants to guard against free radical attack
  • Contains polyphenols that boost the immune system and to help reduce the degenerative effects of lifestyle diseases
  • Rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and sodium

Downsides of honeybush

None whatsoever as no negative side effects ever reported therefore Honeybush tea can be drunk freely.

If Honeybush is brewed or boiled for longer than ten minutes, the antioxidant activity becomes much higher.

Interesting facts

Honeybush is similar in apperance and taste to Rooibos, but is naturally sweeter.

Honeybush, a herbal tea comes from the the Cyclopia plant that is grown in the high mountains of the Western and Eastern Cape regions.

Correctly called tisanes, herbal teas are made from flowering plants without woody stems. Herbal infusions can include flowers, herbs, fruit and spices. These infusions are caffeine-free unlike all other types of tea.

Herbal teas do not contain tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant and therefore cannot be technically classified as a tea.

This does not mean that herbal teas do not have health benefits, they have many, but these perhaps differ from those of real tea.

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