Honey Bush Tea
Honey bush tea is a herbal tea made by processing the leaves and flowers of the Cyclopia plant. This genus contains over twenty species although only a few are used commercially. Cyclopia Intermedia and Cyclopia Subternata are the two most commonly used species. This is because they can be cultivated whereas the other species only grow in the wild. The Honeybush plant is endemic to the southern Cape regions of South Africa.
Honey bush tea gets its name from the fragrance of its flowers. The tea is sweeter than Rooibos and, due to its low tannin content, can be simmered without turning bitter. It is also has a lower caffeine content than most other teas. Honeybush tea contains antioxidants such as flavonoids. These properties help in the prevention of colds and flu and also guard against cancer and digestive disorders.