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  • Honeybush tea (Cyclopia Intermedia) is probably the most under rated, and least known health beverage.  It is harvested from the wild in the mountainous regions of South Africa.  The plant is harvested, according to tradition, during the flowering period in the months of September and October.  The bushes are easily recognized by the masses of deep yellow flowers that emit a sweet honey aroma, hence the name. Honeybush tea is an herbal infusion that is low in tannin and contains no caffeine.  Each cup contains healthy anti-oxidants, along with minerals such as:  Calcium, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese and Zinc.  This herb is said to have positive effects in preventing breast, prostate, and uterine cancer; reducing the risk of osteoporosis; having anti-fungal and anti-viral properties; lowering cholesterol levels, and much more.  Most important of all, Honeybush is a pleasant tasting beverage that can be consumed every day.

  • Origin:  Cederberg South Africa

    Grade:  Choice Grade #1

    Altitude: 1500 - 2500 feet above sea level

    Manufacture Type:  Chopped & Fired

    Characteristics:  Refreshing and cleansing with hints of honey. The finish is reminiscent of light Madagascar pepper.

  • Hot Tea Brewing Recommendations:
    AMOUNT TO USE: Put 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9 oz/200-260 ml of water in the teapot. Pour freshly boiled water over tea.

    BREWING RECOMMENDATIONS: Steep 3-7 minutes. Milk and sugar are not recommended.

    Iced Tea Preparation Recommendations:
    AMOUNT TO USE: To make 1 L/1 QT, put 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot. Pour 1¼ cups/315ml of boiling water over tea.

    BREWING RECOMMENDATIONS: Steep 5 minutes. Fill a serving pitcher 1/4 full with cold water. Pour tea into serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice, top-up with cold water, garnish and sweeten to taste.

  • Caffeine Level ~ NONE - Naturally Caffeine Free


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