Review: Suffuse Tea Hoodia Green Rooibos with Gordonii and Buchu Agathosma Betulina

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Thumbs up!"The spell cast by the bouquet livens in a refreshing cup with minty herbal touches rounding in the sappy cypress flavours of the green rooibos. Regardless of the potential therapeutic actions of this blend, it certainly offers some tasty medicine for the soul."
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SUFFUSELOGODouble, double, toil or trouble, kettle set and water bubbles,
For a charm or perhaps for a cure, add a dash of leaves, some twigs or herbs.
Could magic brew inside the cup? To heal the one who drinks it up?

I often overlook that for several people the path that lead them to tea, may actually be the health benefits. But of course tea or tisanes have been used for years to sip one’s way to wellness and are still revered in tribal communities. Thus, it isn't really a surprise that plants hold many of the secrets where prescription drugs originate, As a natural remedy or aid, I still find myself brewing ginger tea to calm my tummy or echinaceae for a cold so it often nice to know there are teas out there that may offer some aid for different maladies.
In spite of this, the creative line of rooibos teas offered by Suffuse teas piqued my interest more for the use of unusual ingredients than their potential healing properties as the teas feature several African herbs and I’m always eager to try new green things and novel tastes.
Their Hoodia Gordonii and Buchu Agathosma Betulina Tea Infusion comes in both green and red rooibos versions or roasted and non. I opted for the green rooibos blend to hopefully showcase the Hoodia and Buchu. Although it’s not a tea whose name one can easily remember, the tisane tells you specifically what you’ll find in your cup. From these ingredients, the Suffuse Tea website suggests the blend to potentially quench one’s appetite, thirst and generally cleanse out toxins. Hoodia Gordonii is the better known of the ingredients as a diet pill catch word spurned from its use in Namibia by the Khoi-San tribes people to stave off hunger on long hunts. While the Hoodia Gordonii cactus is rather bitter and strong smelling, the natives have used members of the hoodia species or ghaap, for food or for the watery texture of the flesh (1). Buchu a.k.a Agathosma Betulina in the scientific world, is a folk remedy agent for detoxifying and bladder problems amongst a wealth of other uses (2). As with other natural remedies, the potency or efficacy of some form of it should be taken with a grain of salt. While the Suffuse website offers a few incomplete references concerning the herbs, more useful citations that can actually direct people interested in the possible therapeutic actions would be helpful( https://www.suffuseusa.com/category-s/44.htm). Plus, there are no specific references or studies that have been done with the teas or similar infusions while they also do not mention an approximate amount of the herb extracts received in each cup except that the 'infusion ratio' of the mix is 78% rooibos, 17 % hoodia and 5% buchu (https://www.suffuseusa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TEA0051&Show=ExtInfo). The CITE certification of the tea however, indicates it is consistent with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna that protects species from over-exploitation.
The tea comes in a handy sachet form to provide a standardized consistent proportion of the ingredients in each cup although I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t get to see the mix as these are a close knit mesh sachets making the contents elusive . Yet, the smell of the bags does give a surprising announcement of their style with a bright complex aroma bursting with a minty-marjoram scent from the Buchu, tickling above the lush, coniferous profile of the green rooibos. Having never had a green rooibos before, it was interesting to see how rooibos’s malty sassafras character remains when green to give it more of a piny almost fruity aroma. As tea sachets can sometimes seem mysterious, the vibrant bouquet extols the freshness of the ingredients.
Although I opted for a glass teapot rather than a cauldron to brew up this elixir, I was sure to cackle through the 2 minute steeping with freshly boiled water as Suffuse tea recommends (that’d be the brewing part anyway). That was indeed enough to conjure up a most bewitching brew judging by the medium golden yellow that was haunted with a pale green shade. The rising bouquet was just as fragrant and enchanting as the dry leaves with similar scents. The minty notes are the most spirited, reaching the nose first as a herbaceous mint that suggests dried oregano. From the background, a mix of conifer trees like pine or spruce hums amongst cypress notes that have an almost medicinal edge but it isn’t so strong as to detract from the aroma as they are softened by a sweet fruit floral of the green rooibos.
The spell cast by the bouquet livens in the cup with the minty herbal touches meeting the tip of the tongue as their aroma rises to the roof of one’s mouth. The cypress conifer scent rounds lightly in each sip with a root or tuber character from the light to medium body contributing a nice base. The fragrant high notes of the tea make it exceptionally easy drinking while also refreshing. The aftertaste is light falling at the back of one's throat with the earthier herbals lending a slightly medicinal flavour. While the medicinal notes are mild, they seem to resonate after finishing the tea that got a bit cloying.
After the first cup, the tea sachet can continue to charm upon re-steeping. A second steeping provides an equally hued cup as the first with an abundant bouquet that seems less minty and more oregano. Apart from the fragrance, the cup is much more mellow although it still offers the pleasing brightness and sappy character of this rooibos blend. The fragrance of the third brew still has some vitality although the resulting tea was much less lively, subsiding into a light mentholatum tinged infusion.
After reveling in the peppy hocus pocus in the flavours and scent of this tea, I don’t know whether I felt less toxic but I imagine it’s pretty hard to detoxify without regular use. However, dinner may have seemed a bit less far away as the tea did seem to calm a rumbling belly. Plus, I definitely wasn’t thirsty since I was drinking lots of tea. Regardless of the potential therapeutic actions of this blend, it certainly offers some tasty medicine for the soul.

Further background information on the herbs in this blend can be found in:
1. F.R. van Heerden. Hoodia gordonii: A natural appetite suppressant. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 119 (3), 434-437.
2. A. Moolla, A., Viljoen, A.M. ‘Buchu’ – Agathosma betulina and Agathosma crenulata (Rutaceae): A review. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 119 (3), 413-419.

— To purchase Suffuse Tea Hoodia Green Rooibos with Gordonii and Buchu Agathosma Betulina, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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