Bush Tea Perfume

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Remember bush tea?  Many of us growing up would have had the experience of being made to drink bush tea for colds, upset stomach, fever, tape worms, bronchitis, you name it – at some point in time as a child we had to drink bush tea straight up. Of course, due to the bitter taste of many of these herbal teas it was usually a feared and unpleasant experience!

The term ‘bush tea’ generally refers to the numerous herbal bushes that have long been used in the Caribbean and Africa as healing teas for a variety of ailments. These herbal plants are many and can include anything from the aloe vera plant, to moringa leaf, fever grass (aka lemongrass), bissy (kola nut) to the very dreaded and VERY bitter Cerasee bush.

My latest perfume is inspired by these traditional remedies, and is a re-interpretation. It contains a handmade infusion of dried red bush and honeybush leaves from South Africa, as well as green tea leaves. To this I then added some refreshing citrus and tea notes for a more pleasant olfactory re-interpretation of the traditional bush tea. No bitter taste or aroma of boiled leaves here!

For the packaging, I used one of the lively and colourful illustrations for the botanical children’s book that I have been working on: Honeybush Grove, The Fragrant Garden.

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Bush Tea Perfume comes as a perfume oil and is currently available locally at Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Bathsheba, St. Joseph, and in my Etsy store.

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