Honey bush Tea
Honeybush tea is an indigenous herbal tea and has a pleasant taste and flavor. It contains no caffeine and has a considerably lower content of tannin than the common oriental tea. Honeybush Tea is known to have several health properties.
Honeybush has been used as a source of tea over a relatively wide area during the last century and was probably used even prior to this by the indigenous populations. In South Africa at present there are only a few producers in the Langkloof which produce tea on a commercial scale. An unknown number of people process tea for their own use only.
The tea is made from shoots of Cyclopia species. These legumes are found over a wide area in the fynbos from the south-western Cape to Port Elizabeth. More than 20 Cyclopia species are known and tea has been made from several of them. The species which seem to be most generally used for this purpose are Cyclopedia intermedia (bergtee). During the flowering period these plants have a striking display of deep yellow flowers with a characteristic pleasant honey smell. The first two species flower in September/October and the third in May/June. Presently there are no honeybush plantings and the tea is harvested from natural populations only. The shoots are passed through a cutting machine and fermented.
Organic Compounds of Honeybush Tea
Formoninetin, Afformosin, Pseudobaptigen, Fujikinetin, Calycosin, Medicagol, Flemichapparin, Sophoracoumestan B
* Anti-fungal Properties
* Anti-viral Properties
* Hypolipemic (reduces fat levels)
Naringenin, Eriodictyol, Hesperitin, Hesperidin
* Vitamin-type activity of CITRIN (mixture of eriodictyol and hesperidin)
* Anti oxidant
* Diuretic (Enhance urine secretion)
* Non-nutritional Sweeteners
* Anti-heptotoxic (act against liver poisoning)
- Cinnamic Acids
* Weak anti-oxidant properties
- Non-Phenolic Metabolites
* An Inositol
(inositols & phosphates fulfill an important role in cellular communication)
(Decreases high bloodsugar levels)