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    Rooibos tea and Honeybush Tea

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    Honeybush Health
    Mon May 20, 2013 10:40 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Because of my work, I was recently introduced to Honeybush tea and I'm now hooked. I'm proud to say that I'm helping to bring an organically and sustainably grown and harvested single-sourced line of slow brewed iced and loose Honeybush teas to market in Canada and the USA. We've been endorsed by the Canadian Diabetes association due to the naturally sweet taste and that there are no artificial sugars or extracts. Also, because in preliminary studies Honeybush teas has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.

    It's loaded with photo-estrogen, minerals like iron, manganese and potassium which are especially good for women (like myself) living with perimenopause. The tea is low in tannins which I believe is the reason you can not over steep it and it doesn't become bitter over time. I throw my left overs into a glass jar and save it to drink iced later.

    I agree that when looking to source this amazing tea check that it's organic, pure 100% Honeybush and ideally fair trade.
    Zurie
    Fri May 24, 2013 11:04 am
    Forum Host
    Hi there, Honeybush Health!

    Where are you importing from? (No advertising is permitted in the forums, so I mean: which country?)

    Thank you for the information!

    It's true that because of low (or barely any) tannins, the two types of tea can -- and should -- be brewed gently. If made in the way Ceylon tea is made, it is too weak and the flavour does not come through all that well. Both teas should be strong, and honeybush especially can be brewed to a dark rusty-red colour.

    As I said earlier (I think -- this thread is old!) my late gran lived in a valley where honeybush tea grew wild in the mountains. She always had it on hand. It looks a bit like small twigs and leaves!

    But in those days, with no extra "cleansing" or whatever they do now, the tea tasted better than today's packaged, hygienic tea! icon_wink.gif It was merely picked and dried -- and probably dusted off! icon_lol.gif

    Since the start of this thread in 2005 (or thereabouts) I've found that Rooibos IS now cultivated in certain mountainous regions where it grows naturally. Not sure about Honeybush -- I need to research whether that's also being cultivated now, but I'd guess so.
    Honeybush Health
    Thu May 30, 2013 9:16 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hello - yes, I realized after I posted my comment that this was a (very) old thread - thanks for your reply.

    I'm writing from Victoria, BC Canada and recently became familiar with the benefits of Honeybush tea because I met the owner of a wilderness farm in the Tsitsikamma Mountains in SA. His estate has been organically and sustainably cultivating Honeybush for several years now. Since meeting I've now become an advocate and representative for his line of hand harvested and processed in the traditional way - like your Grandma did bottled and loose teas.

    I understand this is not the place for advertising and I wrote to become more familiar with the herb. Should you want to know more please don't hesitate to contact me directly. Dory@wildmountaintea.com.
    Zurie
    Thu May 30, 2013 9:47 am
    Forum Host
    Hi again! The area is absolutely spot-on. The Tsitsikamma mountains are a chain of unspoilt mountains and that (plus the Langkloof Mountains beyond) is where honeybush grows naturally.

    We live no more than about 45 minutes' drive from where the Tsitsikamma area starts. It's a lovely area, with tracts of ancient forests lower down the slopes, and lots of dairy farms along the highway, with their bright green meadows and blue dams.

    It might be better to put the contact email on your About Me page, but as this forum is very quiet, I'm leaving it there for the time being until someone objects.

    Do have a look around the other forums as well -- you might find some interesting!
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