'Better to be deprived of food for three days than of
tea for one'
Story has is
that in 2737 BC the Chinese emperor Chen Nung was
heating water on a fire when leaves from a nearby branch
fell in. This created such an aroma that the emperor
could not resist and decided to taste the brew.
leaves were from an ancient wild species of the black
on in tea drinking grew to be a cultural and ceremonial
phenomenon in the Orient. Used not only as a drink for
formal and informal occasions but also in traditional
Chinese medicine and Chinese cuisine.
then passed on to other cultures as gifts from Buddhist
monks. Eventually leading to tea sailing the world
on clipper ships and trade routes, reaching Europe by
the early 1600s. It was introduced to the Royals and
rich as an exotic medicinal beverage that could promote
longevity and cure many aliments.
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. It is the
process involved that determines which variety it becomes...
white, green, yellow, black, oolong and post-fermented. Green
tea undergoes the least amount of oxidation. The oxidation
process is halted by the quick application of heat after tea
picking, either steamed or dry cooked in hot pans. Green tea is
processed within one to two days of harvesting, and retains most
of the chemical composition of the fresh leaves. Black tea,
traditionally consumed in the West, has been completely
oxidized. It is first withered to induce protein breakdown and
reduce water content, then bruised or cut to release the leaf
juices and enzymes that activate oxidation.
After trying several
different green teas we decided to use China Green
Sencha tea leaves in our blends becauseof the flavour. Not too
strong or too weak. We found that our blends of flowers
and fruit pieces complemented the Sencha tea.
There are many known health benefits from drinking green
tea. Research suggests that regular green tea drinkers
may have a lower risk of developing heart disease
and certain types of cancer. Improve cardiovascular
health, lowering cholesterol which could reduce the risk
of heart disease. Boost your immune system, to fight off
common infections such as colds. Help with oral
health by killing bacteria and preventing plaque
build-up and bad breath. It can help with weight loss
and maintain good digestive health. Calms the mind,
soothes stress, sharpens mental focus and relaxes the
body. It removes toxins from the body, promotes younger
looking skin, improves circulation and can help you
So why not give it a go and see if it can help you.