A great quality organic Honeybush tea. Honeybush is native to the Cederberg District (the Western Cape) of South Africa. Dutch botanical records from the area - the Dutch being South Africa's first European colonizers - make mention of Honeybush consumption as far back as the mid to late 1600's. The first mention of the consumption of Honeybush as a caffeine free tea substitute outside of South Africa, however, appeared almost 200 years later. A pharmacological handbook published in the US in 1898 titled King's American Dispensary of 1898 makes mention under the heading Tea of Honeybush as an acceptable tea substitute manufactured in the Cape Colony of South Africa then governed by the Dutch East India Company. Back in those days Honeybush was entirely collected by hand from bushes that grew wild in the region's mountainous terrain. Even today it is still quite common for commercially available Honeybush to be harvested by hand.