The use of honeybush tea was first documented in 1705. The Swedish botanist Thunberg originally recorded the name “heuningbostee” as “honigtee” in 1772 during one of his expeditions to the Cape. The earliest record of the early Cape colonists using it as a medicinal plant dates back to 1830 and after extensive research, scientists reported that the herbal tea was caffeine-free.
Honeybush tea is naturally caffeine-free and has a lower tannin content than black tea. This makes it a great alternative to coffee and also ideal for children.
Honeybush includes a range of minerals such as phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, sodium, manganese, iron and boron. These minerals are essential for a range of bodily functions.
The tea is full of antioxidants, such as nothofagin and aspalathin, which help neutralise free radicals. High concentrations of antioxidants assist the immune system and have demonstrated to be very useful in lowering fats in the bloodstream. Antioxidants also have many cancer-fighting properties.
Honeybush contains high amounts of the mineral manganese which can assist in strengthening bones and helps to prevent the risk of osteoporosis, acute joint pain and arthritis during pregnancy.
Honeybush tea’s antibacterial properties keep a range of unhealthy bacteria at bay and also supports the immune system to fight off infections. It is known to calm the effects caused by severe coughs and colds and is also recommended for allergies. Many healthcare professionals recommend it to those suffering from chest congestion and asthma, as the nutrients in the plant cause the phlegm to be expelled from the body.
One of Honeybush tea’s notable attributes is the relaxing effect it has on the person who drinks it. It soothes and calms the central nervous system and the fact that it doesn’t contain any caffeine makes it a great choice for any time of the day – even at bedtime.
Honeybush tea contains no sugar and because of its naturally sweet taste, there’s no need to add any sugar. The sweet taste also makes the tea a hit amongst the little ones and a wonderful alternative to sugar-filled drinks.
Honeybush tea is well-known for its refreshing taste, and because this organic tea doesn’t contain caffeine, it won’t dehydrate you. It can be enjoyed hot or cold (as a flavoured iced tea), making it the drink for all seasons.
Some scientists believe that Honeybush tea can help relieve some menopausal symptoms as the plant naturally contains known phytoestrogens. These plant compounds bind to the body’s oestrogen receptors and can imitate the effect of human oestrogen. It can also potentially protect postmenopausal women against cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.
Honeybush can provide relief for various conditions;
*The information on the Harmony Honeybush website is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.