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Herbal medicinal teas from South Africa

Bhat1 RB, G Moskovitz2

Department of Botany, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, Limpopo 0950, South Africa.
McGregor 6708, South Africa.
Address Correspondence to : Prof. R .B. Bhat , Depar tment of Botany, University of Venda, Private Bag X5050 Thohoyandou -0950, South Africa Tel. +27-15-962-8144, e-mail:

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2009, 78(all), 67-73.


An investigation of herbal medicinal teas from Western Cape, South Africa was conducted to assess the varieties of herbal teas used to treat various ailments. Each packet of medicinal tea is a blend of carefully selected four or more herbs which are commonly grown in the organic garden in an ancient valley near the southernmost tip of South Africa and some indigenous herbs picked up in the nearby mountains. The teas are specific for the diseased organ/s and also include the herbs to support and strengthen the systems serving the ailing organ/s. The study shows that there are about twenty-one different types of herbal teas, and the packets of 50 g each are sold in South African markets under the trade names of Arthritea, Asthmitea, Constipatea, Detoxtea, Diabetea, Dietea, Energetea, Flootea, Hangovertea, Heartburntea, Hi Lo B P Tea, Indigestea, Kidneytea, Liveritea, Relaxitea, Sleepitea, Slimtea, Tranquilitea, Tummytea, Ulcertea, and Voomatea. They include 28 herbal species belonging to 12 families. The efficacy of herbal teas and use of traditional remedies are held with high esteem in South Africa.


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, B. (2009). Herbal medicinal teas from South Africa. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 78(all), 67–73.


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