The How, When, Where and Why About Tea.

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Tea is an infusion of dried herbs, bark, leaves or fruit that is used for medicinal or personal purposes.

I have four words for you: I don’t drink coffee. (Gasp!) Yeah, I know. I’m one of the few Americans who doesn’t rely on ground coffee beans mixed with water, milk, and spices. Instead, I rely on an infusion of dried fruit to wake me up or put me asleep. Ever since I was a little kid, I have enjoyed drinking tea, not coffee. To me, coffee has a weird flavor. I’ve drunk coffee a few times, but only because I poured more than a teaspoon of sugar in it. Speaking of tea, one of my favorite tea companies is Yogi. Yogi started in 1984 after a group of yoga students  attempted to brew the tea that their yoga teacher would brew for them. Yogi started with three flavors, now they have over 60 flavors, and they sell in grocery stores across America, Canada, Europe, and Japan.

Origin of Tea

Although the British have been popularizing tea for more than 350 years, the Chinese began cultivating it back in the 3rd century. The king of China was sipping hot water near a camellia sine sis plant. A camellia sine sis leaf floated down and softly settled itself in the king’s hot water. After the king sipped his camellia infused tea, he realized that this concoction was the invention of the century. Later, during the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from 618 -907 AD., tea was established as the national drink of China. Then in the early 1600s, the British East India Company began exporting tea from Asia to England, Europe, the British colonies, and the Caribbean. After 300 years of drinking loose leaf tea, Thomas Sullivan invented the tea bag in 1908.

Different Types of Tea:

  • White
  • Green
  • Oolong
  • Black
  • Herbal Infusion
  • Fruit Infusion

Why is Tea Good For Your Health?

– It contains antioxidants.

The definition of antioxidant is a substance such as a vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2018) You are less likely to contract a sickness if you have the correct vitamins and minerals in your body. There are different types of tea for different purposes. Some kinds of tea help with constipation(cassia angustifolia), some help with focusing(camellia sinesis), some help with falling asleep(chamomile), and others help with keeping your throat healthy(ulmus rubra)

-It has less caffeine than coffee.

Sources:

 National Coffee Association, February 12. 2016, http://www.ncausa.org/Health-Caffeine

The Teaa Association of The USA, http://www.teausa.org

Herbal blends that do not have any trace of the camellia sine sis plant contain no caffeine, while traditional teas have 66.6% less caffeine than coffee.

Coffee: 100-120 mg per 8oz.

Instant Coffee: 60 mg.

Decaf Coffee: less than 20mg.

Brewed Tea: 40mg.

Instant Tea: Less than 40mg.

Decaf Tea: Less than 20mg.

5 from 2 votes
My Favorite Tea (Orange Citrus)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: Evelyne
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Yogi Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy Tea
  • 12 oz hot water
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
Instructions
  1.  Heat up your water. 


    2) Steep your tea bag in boiling water for 5 minutes. 


    3)  After 5 minutes, remove your tea bag and add the honey. 


    4) Stir the honey in the tea. 


    5)  Enjoy! 



Variations
  1. After you finish making your tea, pour the mixture over a cup of ice. 

My Favorite Tea Brands:

Yogi

Traditional Medicinal

In conclusion, I love tea, and I hope after reading this post, that you too like tea.

God bless!

Joshua 1:9

3 thoughts on “The How, When, Where and Why About Tea.

  1. Nice article. Thank you for the great information. I really enjoyed learning about the history behind tea. We are a tea drinking family too! Did you know the same teas you mentioned are also great in brewing and fermenting Kombucha Tea which offers amazing health benefits as well.

    1. You are welcome. I’m glad you found this post helpful. I was not aware that the same teas I mentioned are also used in kombucha.

  2. I have always been a fruity tea person myself, but lately have been loving Oolong tea. It actually can boost your metabolism, and that’s something this Momma is in need of! Thanks for the info though. I had no idea of the history of tea.

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