The tea leaves come from China, we all know that and so does the tradition of drinking tea as well, but how did it all start?
The story goes that a man unintentionally dropped some leaves (Camelia Sinensis) into a cauldron of boiling water nearby. When he later on tasted the water he found it to be a both delicious and restorative drink.
Who was this man?
Some 5,000 years ago in China there were two famous emperors who brought the skills of cultivating and using certain plants to the people – so the Chinese medicine myth goes. They were called the Red Emperor and the Yellow Emperor.
The Red Emperor is said to have identified hundreds of different plants and herbs, and was also called the Divine Farmer. He is the one who accidentally dropped tea leaves in boiling water.
At first tea was considered a medicinal beverage
And it definitely has many therapeutic properties, but it was only around 300 A.D. when it came to be a daily drink. Now it is very much part of everyday life in China.
There are so many varieties of teas and many of them are therapeutically beneficial.
Look at these many properties to be found in TEAS
can chase away tiredness and give a brief boost to the nervous system. Drank without milk it is a Chinese remedy for both hangovers and diarrhea.
is an antioxidant and have been shown to combat some cancers and boost the immune system. They are rich in fluoride and can be used to fight tooth decay.
-Picture of green tea
they are great as digestive remedies and are diuretic. Also have been shown to reduce high blood pressure and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.
is a green tea sometimes called pearl tea and is especially rich in fluoride. The body´s daily requirement for this mineral is found in two cups of tea (2mg).
In China the green and oolong teas are used as cooling drinks during hot weather. And the black teas are used for warming in winter time.
Where to get a cup of exciting tea in Broward?
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A lot of the above information I got from The Chinese Medicine Bible The Definitive Guide To Holistic Healing by Penelope Ode.
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By Åsa Paul-Johansson
On the Lime – Raw Foods
Fort Lauderdale area, Florida, USA