Honeybush, a tea that's usually found in South Africa, is also known as bossie tea, berg tea and bush tea. It's typically consumed with milk and sugar, but honey is said to better enhance its sweet, delicate flavor. Seattle's Queen Mary Tea Room (see Resources) says that honeybush is one of the few crops left in the world that still grows in the wild.
Caffeine- and Tannin-Free
Montego Rooibos Herbal Tea (see Resources) notes that honeybush tea is an ideal drink for people who need to avoid stimulants because it doesn't contain caffeine or tannins. This has given the tea a reputation for having a calming effect.
The Institute for Traditional Medicine (see Resources) explains that honeybush tea is effective in treating coughs because it contains a modified sugar called pinitol, which is an expectorant.
Savannah Imports (see Resources) praises honeybush tea for having a rich mineral content that includes iron, potassium, copper, zinc and magnesium.
Honeybush tea is valuable to women's health, according to Montego Rooibos Herbal Tea, because it helps regulate periods and reduces the risk of osteoporosis and cancer of the breast and uterus.
Source of Antidioxidants
The Institute for Traditional Medicine lists honeybush as containing antioxidants such as flavones, coumestans, 4-hydroxycinnamic acid and polyphenols.
Lowers Blood Sugar
Queen Mary Tea Room points out that the aforementioned pinitol found in the tea can lower blood sugar, making it a candidate for diabetic medications.
Savvy-African.com (see Resources) recommends drinking honeybush tea to support weight loss because it fights cravings, bloating and constipation.
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