History and Origin of Tea
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/27/2007 | Fitness
The history of tea is really quite fascinating. There are many myths
that surround the creation of tea. One such popular myth is from a
Chinese legend stating that tea was discovered in 2737 BC when Chinese
emperor Chen Nung accidentally dropped the leaves of the camellia
sinensis plant. Not wanting to throw the water out, he took a sip and
tea was born.
One would think that tea would grow on vines in the ground.
However, tea is actually grown from trees found in the hotter climates
of the world.
From China, tea was brought to Japan who incorporated it into their
special occasions and into their holiday meals. When it reached England
in sixteen sixty-two, tea was fully introduced to the world. England
adapted tea as their national beverage and it remained so for hundreds
Although China is where tea got its origins from, countries such as
India and Sri Lanka also have their own tea trees where they cultivate
millions of pounds of tea leaves each year to be sold all over the
Tea is the second largest beverage to be consumed in the world
today. It comes in many different flavors and can be served hot or
iced. Tea can keep you awake during the day or help you to unwind at
the end of a chaotic week. There are many other uses for tea other than
Many Chinese people use tea, especially green tea, to cure ailments
such as indigestion, constipation, upset stomachs and many other
ailments. They also use tea to remove dark circles from their eyes and
to cure their acne. It is rubbed on the skin to make it smooth and
The Chinese people believe that tea has many different medicinal
properties and use it as a herbal remedy to cure just bout everything.
They a have been doing this for two thousand years.
Tea has natural caffeine in it, however it can be decaffeinated
through the drying process. when you go to a Chinese restaurant, the
first thing that you are served is tea. This is because the Chinese
believe that tea aids in the digestion of food, and that you will not
get indigestion if you drink the tea before you eat.
There are various types of tea and they are mostly distinguished by
the type of processing that they undergo. The processing stages include
adding in other herbs, flowers and fruits and oxidation, drying and
heating of the tea leaves.
There are four classic types of tea which are white tea, black tea,
green tea and oolong tea. You will most likely also heard of herbal
teas this is from the infusion of fruits and herbs and does not contain
the leaves of the other teas Camellia Sinensis.
Studies have shown that tea is as good as drinking plenty of water
but also has added health benefits such as the protection against heart
disease and some cancers.