Honeybush Tea: Sweet, Caffeine Free Kratom Tea
Simplicity is beautiful. Refined and elegant, nothing extra. Many of our herbal blends are cacophonies of herbs, intricately woven to create the perfect functional tea. However, we’ve taken a different approach with this kratom herbal tea blend. This blend pairs simple honeybush tea with Red Dragon kratom. That’s it. We call it Sweet Dragon.
This tea is for all of you who prefer a sweeter cup of kratom tea, but are always fretting over how much sweetener you should use without feeling guilty. We get it, we’ve all been there, especially when we first started drinking kratom tea.
Eventually we grew to love the distinct, earthy, bitter taste of kratom tea. However, this blend will satisfy even those with the most insatiable sweet tooth. Read on to learn more about our honeybush tea and kratom herbal blend!
What is Honeybush Tea
Honeybush is closely related to rooibos, but tends to have a sweeter, more mellow taste. If you look at the leaves, they are a little bit darker and chunkier than rooibos.
It is in the Cyclopia genus, and honeybush is a common term used to describe upwards of five different species.
Honeybush grows along the coast of the Cape in South Africa. It is limited to a small area, preferring sour and nitrogen depleted soil.
The honeybush has evolved with the expectation of frequent fires, and develops a large root system so as to be able to regenerate after losing its above-group vegetation.
It is this adaptive trait which allows it to be harvest by simply cutting it at the base. From harvest, it can take two or three years before it regenerates and is able to be harvested again. As a result, honeybush cultivators are only able to harvest a third of their crops each year.
Honeybush is a traditional beverage among the people that have inhabited the cape for centuries. In rural areas, it is common practice to keep a perpetual pot of honeybush tea on the kettle to be at the ready for any thirsty visitors. Now that’s what we call hospitality!
Honeybush Tea Origin
Honeybush tea is cultivated on farms in the small geographical region it grows in South Africa. Given the limited area that it can grow in, most of the cultivators are in close proximity to each other. This has given them the unique opportunity to create industry wide standards that are employed by most honeybush farmers and exporters.
While some honeybush is still wild harvested, most honeybush is cultivated. The cultivated fields are not typical monocrops, however. To create the most sustainable harvest, while also increasing yields, the native flora is encouraged to grow along with it. Furthermore, it is organically grown, primarily because non-organic fertilizer was cost prohibitive in the early years of honeybush production.
The first honeybush product was marketed in South Africa in the 1960s. However, it wasn’t until rooibos marketers took interest in honeybush in the 1990s that it became a global commodity.
Green Honeybush Tea Health Benefits
Since honeybush is caffeine free and low in tannins, it can be steeped for as long as you like, even at boiling temperatures, without developing a bitter taste.
The brew is a beautiful, rich, nutty red color. It’s a little bit darker than rooibos tea, and a little bit more mellow in color and flavor. It has a sweet flavor, with notes of wildflowers and dark berries.
Honeybush contains several polyphenol compounds, which are noted to be strong antioxidants. One of the most well studied compounds in honeybush is mangiferin, which is well known for its pharmacological effects.
However, research quickly discovered that most of the mangiferin was destroyed in the fermentation process. To combat the loss of the mangiferin, green honeybush tea was developed. (This is what we include in our Sweet Dragon kratom herbal tea blend.)
Green honeybush tea is made by drying the freshly picked honeybush in vacuums, so that the destructive oxidation process was limited. Last but not least, honeybush is naturally sweet without any sugar! Enjoy a healthy, yet super sweet, tea without any guilt (or cavities)!
Kratom Tea Overview
Kratom is our bread and butter. Top Tree Herbs was founded in 2019 with the explicit purpose of normalizing kratom tea. Previously, the millions of Americans who consumed kratom every day were merely swallowing pulverized kratom leaves in powder form. Given that the traditional preparation of kratom in Southeast Asia has been to brew the leaves as a tea, that is the equivalent of eating coffee grounds instead of drinking coffee.
Kratom is an evergreen tree which is native to Southeast Asia. The leaves have been consumed for their desirable properties for thousands of years. At lower serving sizes, kratom tea is energizing. However, when a larger serving size is consumed, the effects flip, and it can be a social beverage and bring a calm chill, soothing the restless mind.
One of the reasons why kratom tea never really kicked off in the United States was because it was difficult to brew. Traditionally, kratom tea leaves were simmered over a fire for three hours before being consumed. However, with a little research, we’ve developed a revolutionary brewing method that cuts the brew time down to just 20 minutes!
Simply steep your kratom tea bags in a thermos filled with boiling water and a spritz of acid lemon juice. Wait 20 minutes, cool, and enjoy!
Honeybush Tea and Red Dragon Kratom
We’ve paired honeybush tea with red dragon kratom to create an excellent relaxing beverage. Since honeybush tea doesn’t have caffeine, it can be drank anytime of the day without causing any sleep problems.
Red dragon kratom is one of our favorite red veins. Red veins are typically noted to be less energizing, but bring with it more uplifting qualities. Paired with honeybush tea, this blend, Sweet Dragon, is a fantastic beverage to keep on the kettle to share with visiting friends and neighbors.
Sweet Dragon Flavor Profile
As per its name, Sweet Dragon honeybush kratom tea tastes like kratom tea with honey. It has a hydrating feel to it, with a classic green tea aftertaste, without any of the excessively bitter tannin flavor. While our green honeybush tea doesn’t contain honeybush flower petals, it still has a distinct floral taste.
The honeybush tea pairs excellently with kratom. It takes away that initial astringent punch that a straight kratom tea delivers. It brings a lightness to the brew, but that doesn’t mean it’s a mild tea. Yet, it still has a lot of flavor. All in all, it lightens the kratom punch, while accentuating the flavors we love in kratom tea.
The Sweet Dragon blend is certainly more refreshing than a regular glass of kratom tea. If you sweeten your kratom tea, you will only need about a quarter of the sweetener you usually use to get a classic sweet tea flavor. Until next time, cheers to better brewing!