Rooibos and Honeybush tisanes

Rooibos & Honeybush Tisanes

Combining the naturally sweet notes of Honeybush with the nutty undertones of Rooibos results in a harmonious infusion that's both soothing and revitalizing. Moreover, these South African wonders, often referred to as "nature's gifts," have been cherished for centuries for theirremarkable health benefits.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the captivating world of honeybush and rooibos, uncovering their origins, unique characteristics, and the remarkable advantages they offer.


Honeybush (Cyclopia intermedia), a close cousin of rooibos, derives its name from the sweet, honey-like scent of its blossoms. This native South African shrub produces a caffeine-free herbal infusion celebrated for its mild, naturally sweet flavour and numerous health benefits.

Flavour Profile: Honeybush tisane boasts a subtly sweet and slightly nutty notes, making it a delightful choice for those seeking a caffeine-free alternative with a touch of sweetness.

Health Benefits:

  1. Antioxidant Rich: Packed with antioxidants, honeybush helps combat oxidative stress and promotes overall well-being.
  2. Digestive Aid: Honeybush is known to aid digestion and soothe stomach discomfort.
  3. Caffeine-Free Comfort: Perfect for those seeking a caffeine-free beverage for any time of day.

Rooibos: Also known as Red Bush (buy Andina Tea- Organic Rooibos here)

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), often referred to as "red bush," is another South African gem known for its vibrant colour and earthy-sweet flavour. Rooibos has gained global popularity for its versatility and remarkable health benefits.

Flavour Profile: Rooibos tisane offers a smooth, naturally sweet taste with hints of vanilla and honey, making it a versatile base for a wide range of tea blends.

Health Benefits:

  1. Rich in Antioxidants: Rooibos is renowned for its high antioxidant content, which supports overall health and well-being.
  2. Caffeine-Free: Naturally devoid of caffeine, rooibos is an excellent choice for those looking to reduce caffeine intake.
  3. Skin Soothing: Rooibos is believed to have skin-soothing properties and is often used in skincare products.

Blending and Pairing:

One of the delights of Honeybush and rooibos is their versatility in blending and pairing. Whether you prefer them pure or as part of a blend, these tisanes play well with other flavours. Consider adding fruits, herbs, or spices to create your signature infusion.

Brewing Tips:

  • Water Temperature: Use freshly boiled water that has cooled slightly, around 95°C
  • Steeping Time: Allow Honeybush and Rooibos to steep for 5 to extract their full flavour.
  • Sweetening: While both tisanes are naturally sweet, you can enhance the sweetness with honey.

Whether you're into them for their sweet taste or their health benefits, they deserve a special place in your tea collection. Andina Tea has recently launched a new herbal blend (caffeine-free) that includes both of these tisanes, anyseed myrtle and lavender: Relax Blend. Perfect for the evening for its calming and digestive benefits!


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