A glimpse into the history of tea

The first tea plants (Camellia Sinensis) originated specifically around the point of convergence of the lands of northeast India, north Burma, southwest China and Tibet. Tea is basically a Camellia Sinensis evergreen plant, which grows mostly in tropical and subtropical climates.

Containers for tea have been found in tombs dating from the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) but it was under the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), that tea became firmly established as the national drink of China. The tradition of drinking tea was popularized in England during the 17th century by King Charles II and his wife.

Initially people consumed tea for medicinal purposes. In some regions, tea’s stimulating properties were thought to be a sort of religious ecstasy. 

Today, tea is considered the first widely consumed beverage in the world excluding water and here is why:

  • Tea represents harmony, peace, spiritual awakening, rejuvenation, refreshment, change and contentment. By enjoying sipping hot tea, you feel satisfied and have a great sense of stress relief from within.
  • Herbal teas are recommended to improve digestion, help you fall asleep and reduce stress.
  • The inhalations help to unblock the respiratory tract (especially peppermint, rosemary, and thyme).
  • The stimulant, diuretic and antibacterial properties of teas have long been recognized by Chinese medicine and these benefits have now been confirmed by modern science.

Why not commit today to brewing some loose-leaf tea to enjoy a quiet and refreshing moment? It can also be the time to start a new routine, reflect and be grateful for all we have.

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