What is Honeybush Tea?
Honeybush is a shrub that is native to South Africa. Would you believe there are over 20 different varieties, but honeybush tea is primarily made from one specific species. Wondering where the name comes from? That is simple: the beautiful little yellow flowers that grow on this woody plant have a sweet, honey-like scent and taste.
What's more, honeybush tea is also caffeine-free. There are a wide variety of minerals found in the honeybush plant as well, including iron, calcium, and zinc, not to mention some great antioxidant benefits. In this next segment, we are going to discuss some of these beneficial antioxidant compounds, as well as some of the ailments honeybush tea has been used to treat.
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Honeybush Tea Benefits
Honeybush tea is rich in a group of antioxidants called polyphenols. Within this group is another, and it is in this group that you will find flavanones, mainly two – mangiferin and hesperidin – that are attributed with potent anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting effects. They also may benefit people people who experience bone diseases by increasing bone metabolism and helping to form new bone tissue.
Honeybush tea may also have antidiabetic properties. This tea has been shown to help prevent, manage, and treat type 2 diabetes by helping to lower blood sugar levels, stimulating insulin secretion that helps in sugar metabolism and thus promoting the regeneration and protection of damaged pancreatic cells.
Other great honeybush tea benefits include improved skin elasticity and wrinkle reduction from drinking and topically applying the tea.
I’d like to note that studies have shown unfermented green honeybush tea had an even higher rate of antioxidant content than fermented red honeybush. Either way, you cannot go wrong with these health benefits! If you would love another good read on the benefits of teas, check out our article All About Herbal Tea.
Honeybush Tea Favorites
While you really cannot go wrong with any of our honeybush teas, I do have a few favorites. My first is the Vista Blend Herbal Tea, which is honeybush tea infused with fresh Oregon lavender, apricots, apple pieces, marigold petals, and apricot essence. Not only is this tea terrific hot, but it is also super delicious iced. I love the beautiful array of colors, too.
A second love of mine is our Oregon Breakfast Herbal Tea. What I love most about this tea is its beckoning of a bright and wonderful day. I enjoy it most in the mornings to kick start my day, or in the afternoons when I am sneaking away for a breath of fresh air. A combination of honeybush tea, orange peels, and hazelnut essence, it is such a simple delight I know you will fall in love, too!
When the cooler days approach, and I want to spice things up a bit, the warming and soothing Self Care Blend Herbal Tea is a must to try. You cannot go wrong with this delicate blend of honeybush tea, elderberries, apricots, apple pieces, marigold petals, and apricot essence. It is delicious with a dab of honey, too.
Time to steep, sip, and enjoy those honeybush tea benefits!