Honeybush is a native shrub to South Africa. It has a distinctive yellow-amber color, and gives off the fresh scent of honey from its leaves. The Honeybush leaves have been used by South African locals for centuries, to make herbal tea.
Tea tannins are a group of plant compounds also known as polyphenols. Honeybush Teas, on average, have tannin levels of 0.45%. This is extremely low considering most teas have tannins between 15-30%.
While it is arguable that tannins have some health benefits, they may pose health risks to some individuals. Such health risks include:
Decreasing the body’s ability to absorb iron
Negatively impact the digestion of proteins
Interferes with the digestion of starch
Honeybush teas do not have caffeine. This makes it a great tea for when you are sensitive to caffeine, or simply do not want to drink a caffeinated drink. Decaffeinated teas, like Honeybush, are also great options for pregnant women, people with anxiety disorders, and people with heart conditions.
Safe for Children
South African locals have used Honeybush for years to help colic in children. Because Honeybush is caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants, it is completely safe for children.
A Choice for Nursing Mothers
Honeybush tea is said to help stimulate the milk production in mothers who are nursing. Rumor has it that South African dairy farmers provide their cows with Honeybush tea, to help stimulate milk production.