HoneyBush tea.HoneyBush tea.

There are many benefits attached to drinking Honeybush Tea and it is extremely popular with health conscious consumers, a growing market worldwide.  90+% South African HoneyBush tea is exported. There are very few producers selling to the South African market and the international market is our largest purchaser of  Tea. The demand far exceeds supply. Rooibos tea produces in excess of 17 000 ton per year and HoneyBush only produces  about 500 tons. Huge potential for farmers in the selected areas growing HoneyBush.

 

The health attributes of Honeybush have been known to the indigenous peoples in South Africa for centuries, and the herb has been consumed as a hot water extract (or tisane) for many years.

 

Honeybush contains many of the 14 minerals essential to human health and wellness. Among these are the critical elements: Iron, Potassium, Calcium and Manganese. These are vital in the prevention of anemia, fluid balance abnormalities, and for adequate bone growth and repair.

 

Processed as an herbal tea, it is renowned for its rich flavour, high levels of antioxidants, and unusually high mineral content. Owing to its sweet taste, the tea does not need additional sugar. The plant also has possible anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects, as various recent published

 

There is a is a rich fund of medicinal folk lore associated with Honeybush, much of which has now been researched and highly commended  by South African Universities after in depth scientific analysis of the unique properties of these herbal infusions. Medical science is only beginning to discover the many health advantages of Honeybush.

 

What Honeybush can do for you:

Honeybush tea is rich in natural sources and nutrients:

Honeybush is completely pure and natural as it contains no additives, preservatives or colourants.

Honeybush is naturally caffeine free.

Honeybush has Zinc that encourages growth, development of healthy skin.

Honeybush contains antioxidants that fight free radicals (a by-product of normal cell function), which weaken the body's natural defences and lead to ageing, the declining of the immune system and the onset of a wide variety of diseases.

Honeybush contains Calcium that builds strong teeth and healthy bones and alpha hydroxy acid.

Honeybush contains no oxalic acid and has Sodium necessary for fluid and acid-base balance.

Honeybush is an excellent thirst-quencher to keep the body hydrated.

 

Honeybush contains many of the 14 minerals essential to human health and wellness. Among these are the critical elements: Iron, Potassium, Calcium and Manganese. These are vital in the prevention of anemia, fluid balance abnormalities, and for adequate bone growth and repair.

 

Numerous botanical studies have been undertaken into the nature and composition of Cyclopia. Although no human studies have yet been undertaken, the most recent mammalian study is supportive of potential health benefits of Honeybush, specifically as relates to helping control blood sugar levels and fighting cancer. This study, a mutual effort by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, the University of Stellenbosch, and the University of Southern Denmark, confirmed that a Honeybush tisane resulted in a remarkable blood sugar lowering, and cholesterol lowering effect,

Our honeybush is organic and 100% natural, with no sugar, no caffeine, no preservatives, and no artificial sweeteners or chemicals. 

Part of the ancient Fynbos biome this rare herb is found growing wild along mountain slopes and valleys of the Southern Cape. It is also sustainably cultivated on our remote wilderness estate in the Tsitsikamma mountains. 

To preserve its medicinal qualities, our honeybush is hand harvested and traditionally processed on site, then slow brewed, and gently blended with various natural and organic flavors to produce our extensive range of Iced and Loose Leaf teas. 

With a mildly sweet taste, exquisite honey aroma, and unique wellness benefits, it makes a delicious hot or cold beverage. Direct from our source, to your cup, naturally. 

Honeybush, truly the "Wellness Tea"!

Honeybush has Long Been Reputed to Have an Effect on Blood Sugars.

Numerous botanical studies have been undertaken into the nature and composition of Cyclopia. Although no human studies have yet been undertaken, the most recent mammalian study is supportive of potential health benefits of Honeybush, specifically as relates to helping control blood sugar levels. This study, a mutual effort by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, the University of Stellenbosch, and the University of Southern Denmark, confirmed that a Honeybush tisane resulted in a remarkable blood sugar lowering, and cholesterol lowering effect,when fed to type 1 and type 2 diabetic rodents.

The researchers conclude as follows:

  • “statistically significant reduction in Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG), equal to the effect achieved in the Metformin and Rosiglitazone groups”.

(controls =12.2 mmol/L compared to 4.8-5.4 mmol/L in the Honeybush groups (p<0.001).

  • “statistically significant reduction in intravenous glucose tolerance (IVGTT), beyond the effect achieved in the Metformin and Rosiglitazone groups”.
  • “statistically significant reduction in Total Cholesterol (TC).

(a reduction of 2.9 +/- 0.3 (30.1-31.6%) was achieved (p<0.05)

  • “statistically significant reduction in a-cell mass, and improvement in a-cell to b-cell ratio”

(approximate reduction 50% (p<0.05)

These findings point to Honeybush as a potential natural aid in the management of similar diseases in humans, including Diabetes, pre-Diabetes and elevated Cholesterol. While human studies are clearly needed to substantiate these findings, it is worth noting that should a beneficial compound be found in Honeybush, as suggested by this study, it would have important implications. Diabetes is the commonest cause of renal failure, blindness and non-traumatic lower limb amputation in the world. 8% of the adult population in the USA has Diabetes, and more than 35% of the population has pre-Diabetes. Lipid disorders, including elevated cholesterol, are directly linked to the incidence of coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease and poor circulation.

A number of  studies have been conducted into the botanical nature and composition ofCyclopia sp. and its active compounds, hesperidenmangiferin and isomangiferin, and have been published in:

  • Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (1998)
  • Current Organic Chemistry (2000)
  • British Journal of Pharmacology (2000)
  • American Journal of Epidemiology (2001)
  • Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin (2001)
  • European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003)
  • Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry (2003)
  • European Food Research and Technology (2003)
  • Diabetes Care (2003)
  • Journal of Nutrition (2004)
  • African Journal of Biotechnology (2005)
  • International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology (2006)
  • Heart (2006)
  • International Journal of  Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences (2007)
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2007)
  • Journal of Clinical Biochemistry & Nutrition (2007)
  • Life Sciences (2008)
  • Drug Discovery Today (2009)
  • Molecular Nutrition and Food Research (2009)
  • Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2009)
  • Cardiovascular Therapeutics (2010)
  • International Journal of Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2010)
  • Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition (2010)
  • Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa (2011) et al - Latest study, discussed abovehttp://cdn.intechweb.org/pdfs/25504.pdf