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What is herbal tea, and why it is not really tea.

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Introduction to herbal Tisanes

A herbal tea is considered not a real tea. This is because a tea is considered real if it comes from the tea plant called camellia sinensis. In this case, herbal tea does not come from camellia sinensis. It originated from different leaves or roots of plants or simply anything except tea leaves. Herbal tea is also another term for tisanes. So to recap, basically anything that does not come from 1 plant is not a real tea :)

What makes a herbal tea?

There are several things to consider in making herbal tea. First is to prepare the needed leaves, flower, or roots of the desired plant for tea, water, and sugar or honey. One should also know the reason why you are looking to make herbal tea as each different type of brew will have different qualities to them. If the goal is for relaxation, chamomile must be added into the tea for maximum effect. Chamomile (matricaria recutita) contains oil that helps relax smooth muscles inside the stomach. For every cup of boiling water, add one tablespoon of chamomile flowers. For uplifting the mood, blend an herbal tea with mixtures of Spearmint, thyme, and lavender. To be able to sooth the body or specifically cold, try adding eucalyptus, ginger, licorice root, or cinnamon.

what is a tisane?

Thyme (thymus vulgaris) can also be be added into the tea. This helps relax the bronchial spasms that causes cough or cold. Just add two teaspoons of dried thyme in one cup of boiling water for ten minutes. This must be taken three times a day. It is also important to know the exact amount of ingredients to prepare an herbal tea. The standard time for boiling the tea is up to five to ten minutes. Do not opt for longer minutes because it will only bring out the bitterness of the ingredients specially the leaves. If there are leaves, roots, or flowers floating, better use a strainer.

Herbal Tisanes for pregnant women

For pregnant women, it could be good to drink two to three cups of herbal teas daily. However there are still herbal teas that are not good for their body such as sage tea and parsley tea. Sage tea is bad for pregnant woman because it contains a chemical called thujone which causes high blood pressure and lead to other negative issues. Some herbal mixes are good for pregnant women such as valerian, chamomile, and raspberry leaf tea. It is also advisable to drink chamomile tea because it helps pregnant women to relax before going to sleep. Raspberry leaf tea helps relax the muscles so it might be good for some pregnant women to drink this mix when nearing the end of their pregnancy.

What is Honeybush, and is there really a Honeybush tea?

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Many times people will go into a tea store and look for something new that they have never had before. Whether it be Chamomile tea, Rooibos tea, or Jasmine tea sometimes people go in looking for one thing and end up with something that is not really a tea. Although these “teas” can be found in tea stores they actually don’t come from the only plant that actually makes “real tea” They come from other plants, which in tern makes them a Tisane. What is a Tisane? you might ask. Don’t worry if you don’t know and just click that link and you will have your full answer.

What is HoneyBush Tea?

Now back to the original story,about what Honeybush tea is, and what it is not. Honeybush is not a tea as it is actually a tisane or herbal mix that you can brew. It is tasty, sweet, and a great tea alternative if you are looking to brew something new up. Keep on reading and you will find out exactly what honeybush is, some possible health uses for honeybush, as well as how to brew honeybush.

Honeybush tea is a common name Cyclopia, a flowering plant from the legume family. The leaves of this plant is commonly used to make herbal teas or tisane. It abundantly grows in the southeast and southwest parts of South Africa and is very similar to rooibos. The name honeybush was derived from its smell which is honey. It is similar to rooibos because it tastes like it but a little sweeter. Boil this up to five minutes to make a tea.

Types of Honeybush

There are five species of honeybush tea widely spread for home and commercial use. First is cyclopia intermedia commonly known as bergtee or mountain tea. This kind of specie is found nearly between Port Elizabeth and edge of Langkloof. Second is cyclopia subtenarta. This is commonly known as vleitee (marshland tea) and valleitee (valley tea). Next is cyclopia genistoides known as kustee or coastal tea. This can be found mainly in the Western Cape near Yserfontein and Darling. Fourth is cyclopia sessiliflora, named after Heidelberg town in South Africa since it grows abundantly in the local mountain range. This specie is commonly known as Heidelberg-tee. Lastly is cyclopia maculata which grows mainly in Outeniqua area near George.

HoneyBush tea benefits

Honeybush tea is a natural treatment for some health issues. It can prevent cold and allergies, is also high in antioxidants and vitamins, and can easily ease stomach pains. It contains nutrients such as iron, potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and sodium. Iron in honeybush is 0.3 mg in every 240 ml.It is responsible for transporting the oxygen in the blood. Potassium (0.01 mg in 240 ml) is responsible for the metabolic processing of the body. The one making the strong teeth and bones is the Calcium (0.01 in 240 ml). Just like Potassium, Copper (0.003 mg in every 240 ml) is also taking responsibility for the metabolic processes of the body. Zinc (0.015 mg for 240 ml) helps the body in keeping skin healthy and normal growth. The one responsible for keeping the nervous system healthy is Magnesium (0.002 mg for every 240 ml). Manganese (0.11 mg for 240 ml) is the one necessary for the bone growth and development as well as metabolic processes of the body. Lastly is the Sodium (1.5 mg in 240 ml) that is necessary for fluid and acid-base balance.

If you are looking to make a perfect cup of Honeybush up just click on this link: How to brew Honeybush tea

Is It Safe to Drink Hibiscus during Pregnancy?

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Hibiscus Tea Pregnancy |Hibiscus Tea Benefits

hibiscus tea is a large genus of flowering plants, primarily grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is used for a wide range of medicinal and edible purposes. It can even help you lose weight, known for lowering blood pressure, decreasing spasms in the stomach intestines and uterus, and also kills bacteria and germs.

In food and beverages Hibiscus is also used as flavoring: used for jams, sauces, spices and soups. It is also best for treating loss of appetite, hearts and nerve diseases, colds, upper respiratory tract pain and swelling. Moreover, hibiscus is widely used to relieve stomach irritation, maintains level body fluids, alleviates disorders of blood circulation, used for the dissolving of phlegm, works as a gentle laxative, as a diuretic, to increase urine output, and fights bad cholesterol.

It is not generally recommended to have hibiscus tea too much as too much of anything can be bad. So if you are wondering about your baby , and your health, please check with your doctor before you drink Hibiscus drinks ( or anything else that is of concern to you) We aren’t doctors and you should check with professionals before doing anything you are unsure of.

Masala Chai Tea

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 Get Acquainted with Masala Chai

Most people have a common confusion in the word “chai”. They know that “chai” is composed of Indian spices like cinnamon and cardamom. But on the other hand, chai is an Indian word for just tea alone and it can be served with or without milk, sugar or other sweeteners. While the word “masala” is an Indian word that stands for “a blend of spices”. So plainly, Masala Chai means Spiced Tea and we have one amazing take on this tea here spicy chai tea .

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i love chai too

Masala chai tea is usually prepared by decoction, powdered mixes or in tea bags. Like other teas, Masala chai also gains popularity in many countries now and gets featured in many tea house and cafeteria all over the world. Masala Chai is an Indian drink, a combination of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and other spices. Its fresh flavor and balmy fragrance tempts you to taste its one-of-a-kind cup of spiced ingredients.

The comforting aroma of Masala Chai makes itself to be on the favorite tea drinks list of people especially in India. Talking about its health benefits, surely Masala chai have a face to front with other regular teas we have encountered. Each of Masala Chai’s ingredients is used for medical purposes and can really give a numerous health advantages. One sad part of having Masala chai is that you need almost a tablespoon of sugar per cup to enhance the savor of the spices. Plus the factor that balancing the additional milk and honey can bring you some calories.

black tea with some spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and clove compose the Masala Chai. It is also mixed together with milk and honey to create a creamy and sweet tasting beverage. In other places, they usually used sugar instead of honey but few are likely to use dairy as an alternative like rice milk or soy milk. There is also a variation in utilizing milk ingredients. Some are choosing a higher amount of milk in their tea and others are in favor for a higher concentration of tea.

Chai Benefits

Black tea, which is the base of Masala Chai have been studied to be effective in lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure for it is rich in antioxidants. It is also proven that antioxidants are helpful to prevent heart diseases and cancers. However, chai is not a great choice for persons who are highly sensitive in caffeine. It can also be unsafe for people who have heartburn and ulcer.

Spices in Chai Tea

The different spices that makes up Masala chai are long been used as medicines for centuries and is verified to be healthy. Here is the list of the spices with its health benefits.

  1. Cinnamon – It is common refreshment and is used to cure cough, sore throats and arthritis.
  2. Cardamom – It aids indigestion and helps your nervous system to be calm.
  3. Clove – It is used as an energizing ingredients and can encourage good blood circulation.
  4. Ginger – It relieves cold, sore throat, stomachache and flu symptoms.
  5. Pepper – It upholds good digestion.

The use of milk and honey or sugar instead can also be beneficial for an individual’s health. Masala Chai cannot be as healthy as the ideal proper diet that many nutritionists have been recommending but it can surely be beneficial for everyone who are not only using it in medicinal purposes but also for those who are enjoying drinking it as a tasty beverage.

Our favorite chai

One of our recent additions is our tangy thai chai tea seen here:

Rooibos facts

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Looking to learn more about rooibos? Then you have came to the right place. In this article you will find out more information on the new kid on the tea block as well as some of our suggestions. The first thing that we should get out of the way is how to say rooibos

and that is just like this: ROY Bus. Now that you know how to say the name lets take a look into what what is rooibos .

You might have wondered the relationship between rooibos and caffeine and here is the truth. There is no relationship, there is 0 caffeine in rooibos. Yes, you heard it right. Rooibos tea has no caffeine in it. And because it has no caffeine, it has its own benefits, especially for people with caffeine restrictions such as insomnia and even for young children. This means that you can enjoy drinking tea while you are pregnant , however it should be rooibos as there is no caffeine in it.

What is Rooibos?

Rooibos comes from the plant asphalatos linearis, specie of a shrub that grows in Cape Town, South Africa. And because it does not come from the tea plant, camella sinensis, this beverage does not contain the caffeine present in white, black, and green tea (which come from the same plant source). This, depending on how you look at it, could be one of rooibos health benefits or a disadvantage if you are looking for something to deliver some caffeine. Other herbal teas also have caffeine in them, but rooibos tea is unique in that it has no caffeine but still has antioxidants that are as potent as the antioxidants found in green tea. Again, this is a great aspect if you are looking for a tea substitute during pregnancy, as rooibos and pregnancy go hand and hand together.

Rooibos and caffeine

Caffeine has become essential in our daily lives, especially for working and studying adults, and athletes. We need caffeine to make us become physically and mentally alert. The recommended maximum daily intake of caffeine is 200 mg, equivalent to about 4 cups of coffee, 5 cups of black tea, and 6 cups of green tea. When our caffeine limit has been reached, unwanted side effects might kick in, such as insomnia, sleep disturbances, stomach irritation, frequent urination, and palpitations. That is why it is important for us to keep watch of our daily caffeine intake.

Rooibos tea is known to help alleviate insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns. Drinking a cup of rooibos tea before bedtime can help make you feel relaxed and can give you a good night’s sleep.

Traditionally, rooibos tea is used to treat infant colic. It can be safely taken by infants and young children. For adults, rooibos can help remedy constipation and common stomach problems such as nausea and vomiting.

Rooibos and pregnancy

Caffeine intake in pregnant women has been linked to miscarriages and abortion. When you are pregnant, you should be careful and be watchful on what you eat and drink. Because rooibos has no caffeine, it is safe for pregnant women. Moreover, it contains very low in tannins, chemicals that block the absorption of iron. Thus, iron can be readily absorbed by the body, especially for the pregnant woman who needs additional iron for her body and her baby.


Rooibos tea is unique in its own way. Even if it does not contain caffeine, it still does wonders to our body that no other beverage can give. If you have never tried it before, take a look at a couple of our favorites below, and before you brew some up be sure to read how to make rooibos as it will give you step by step instructions on how to make the perfect cup. 

What is a Tisane

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Introduction to Tisanes

If you are wondering what a Tisane is, or wonder why others get mad when you call Rooibos red tea, then just keep on reading :)

A Tisane is another term for herbal tea, a non-caffeinated beverage extracted from decoction or infusion of herbs, spices, or plants. This was derived from the Greek word ptisanē meaning crushed barley (a drink that is made from crushed pearl barley). Tisanes do not generally contain caffeine since it was not extracted from tea leaves. The components of tisanes are sometimes culinary herbs such as spearmint, sage, rosemary, and thyme. It can be served hot or cold since the effect is the still the same.

What are tisanes?

There are various type of tisanes: leaf tisanes, flower tisanes, bark tisanes, root tisanes, fruit/berry tisanes, and seed/spice tisanes. These may also serve as a medical benefit. Many are known to achieve goals such as to invigorate, calm nerves, relieve s head cold or sore throat, to treat cough, relax an upset stomach, and ease headache. With proper usage of tisanes, one can achieve its rightful effect however some substances contained in tisanes are subject to cause undesirable side effects so it is always good to ensure you know what you are brewing up. You should not just go and place random plants in hot water and drink it.

Full rundown of what a Tisane is

What are common Tisanes/ Herbal teas?

Common herbs used to create tisanes are: anise tea (made from seeds or leaves), asiatic penny-wort leaf (found in Southeast Asia), artichoke tea, bee balm, boldo, burdock, cannabis tea, caraway tea, catnip tea, chamomile tea (used as sedative), Che Dang (made from llex causue leaves), Chinese knot weed tea, chrysanthemum tea (dried fllowers), cinnamon, and mint.

If you are looking for some nice tisanes then just take a look at some of these nice options:

loose leaf rooibos
red rooibos

One of our favorite Rooibos blends .

What is Rooibos?

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What is Rooibos?

African rooibos is a plant that grows in a small portion in the province of Cape Town, South Africa. The scientific name for rooibos is asphalatus linearis. Its leaves are used to make the rooibos tisane, or rooibos tea. It is also known as the red bush tea, red tea, red rooibos, or simply rooibos. The resulting tea leaves and beverage is slightly brown to reddish in color and has a mild sweet, somewhat fruity taste.

How do you say Rooibos?

I know the first thing that you are probably wondering to yourself is if you are pronouncing it correctly. I will not lie, I have been saying apparently wrong for the past year and a bit… the way how to say rooibos is ROY BUS.

Types of Rooibos for brewing

green rooibos is also available, but is less common and more expensive than red rooibos. Green rooibos does not undergo the fermentation process, unlike the red rooibos variety.

Rooibos was considered to be a plant that grows in the wild, hence, considered as a wild tea. But since the 19th century, rooibos has been cultivated and grown in plantations in South Africa due to its potential profit. Attempts of cultivating rooibos in other countries have failed. This plant is seemingly specific to the climate and soil conditions of South Africa.

The African Rooibos tisane is a very popular beverage, especially in South Africa where its various uses has been discovered. It is very rich in antioxidants, low in tannins, and lacks caffeine. Today, rooibos is becoming popular around the world, especially in the Western Countries, and most especially to health-conscious consumers.

What should good quality Rooibos look like?

High quality rooibos leaves should be whole, long, and needle-like in shape. They produce a richer and darker taste whereas short, crumpled leaves produce a slightly dusty taste. Loose leaves produce a richer and higher quality but teabags are more convenient to use. Flavored and plain rooibos are available in the market. Some are infused with other herbs and fruits. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without milk. It can be plain, or sweetened with sugar or honey. Rooibos contains no additive and colorants. Its red color is primarily due to the fermentation process this plant undergoes.

A great video about the history of Rooibos

Rooibos has been a big part of the South African culture. Today, rooibos is becoming famous around the world due to its unique taste and health benefits. Rooibos truly deserves the praise of its lovers and is worth the try for those who have not yet experienced the wonder of the African Rooibos.

Health Benefits of Rooibos

If you have ever wondered what the rooibos health benefits were then hopefully this section will help to answer your question.

As mentioned above the really cool thing about rooibos is that it does not have caffeine in it at all. I guess you could say that there is no real relationship between rooibos and caffeine which is a great thing as it really allows you to enjoy rooibos whenever you feel like it. This will protect you from those late night when you cannot sleep.

Another amazing thing that is somewhat coupled with the lack of caffeine is that rooibos can be consumed by expecting mothers. This is one of the main reasons that rooibos and pregnancy often find themselves intertwined. With the rise of tea appreciation it often comes to a surprise that pregnant women generally should cut down when they become expecting mothers. This is when you can turn to rooibos when you are pregnant, and even continue after pregnancy has wrapped up for those stressful ( and happy ) times to come.


Hopefully the above listed info has provided a bit of information about rooibos, some of the benefits, where it is grown, as well as rooibos and pregnancy. Here are some great blends if you are looking to take the plunge into a new addition to your brewed cabinet, or if you are just looking for some new great rooibos:

Peppermint Party

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A nice refreshing tea at anytime during the day, this tea is filled with the minty taste that only peppermint can offer. Great on its own or blended with another tea to freshen up any combination, this tea is really one of the most versatile options around.

This tisane has a nice light flavor and light aroma that is unmatched by any other herbs.  100% caffeine free you can have this tea whenever you would like without worrying about being up all night.

Best if steeped for 6-10 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Peppermint

Apricot Honeybush

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If you have ever seen the and apricot fields on tv and ever wondered what it is like to be standing in the middle of the orchard? Brewing a nice cup of this mix will instantly bring the experience of being in that orchard with a warm wind blowing the lovely smells of the ripe to mind. A caffeine free and lightly flavored honeybush base lends itself very well to the ripe and light apricot flavor that is released as soon as the bag is opened.

Best if steeped for 5 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Honeybush with pieces of real apples, natural apricot flavorings and pieces of apricots with marigold flowers.

Caffeine Free Raspberry

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A great pairing of our decaffeinated black tea and tangy raspberries brings out a tasty experience with this tea. As with most raspberries there is sweetness and a bit of tartness in this tea. Not overly sweet, as with most raspberries, and packs a nice aftertaste. A fan favorite to ice as the raspberry flavor really comes out after a nice resting period in a pitcher. Add a pinch of sugar to really bring out the flavor and kick it up a notch!

Best if steeped for 3 minutes at 212°

Ingredients: Decaf black tea with raspberry flavor, pieces of raspberries and raspberry leaves.

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