Tea has a fascinating history, originating back in China. Throughout history, tea has had various impacts throughout different cultures. From healing individuals to bringing communities together, tea has always served as such a powerful elixir.
The Origin of Tea
Tea originated in ancient China approximately 5000 years ago. Chinese legend states that Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea back in 1732 BC when wild tree leaves blew into his pot of boiling water. The pleasant scent from the boiling tree leaves immediately intrigued him and he decided to drink the mixture. The legend goes on to say that the Emperor felt a warm feeling when drinking this brew, almost like the liquid was investigating all parts of his body. The emperor named the brew after this sensation, calling it “chá” which translates to investigate or check.
In 200 BC, a Han Dynasty emperor decided that a special character must be created for tea. He discerned that the character must illustrate grass, wooden branches, and a man between the two. The written character for “chá” symbolized tea’s capability for bringing mankind in balance with nature in Chinese culture.
The International Phenomenon of Tea
Through different foreign trade, tea has made its way through all blossoming cultures in history. Each developing country has its own unique history, experiences, and traditions. We’ll delve more deeply into these different traditions at a later time.
The Proven Health Benefits of Tea
Interestingly enough, different varieties of teas offer different health benefits. Non-herbal teas are all made from the Camellia sinensis plant’s leaves. The processing time accounts for differences in variety: black, oolong, or green. Since green teas are the least processed, they have the highest amount of polyphenol. That’s why so many studies have been conducted on green tea. While some of these benefits may be exclusive to specific tea leaves, here are some of the scientifically-proven benefits of drinking tea:
- Significant antioxidant content: Antioxidants help fight your body’s free radicals, preventing premature aging and damage from environmental toxins. White tea tends to have the highest antioxidant content.
- Less caffeine content than coffee: Traditional teas usually have less than 50% of the caffeine content found in coffee, while herbal teas are caffeine-free. Reduce nervous system symptoms from overexposure to caffeine by switching to tea. Chicory root tea is great for coffee drinkers looking to make the switch– it has a similar flavor to coffee but offers prebiotic and stress-reducing benefits.
- Improve cardiovascular health: A recent study reported that consistent green tea drinkers have about 35% reduced risk for stroke and about 20% reduced risk for heart attack. Individuals that drink four or more cups of green tea experienced a 32% reduced risk of heart attack along with lower levels of cholesterol.
- May aid in weight loss: Some studies have shown a potential correlation with tea and weight loss. However, there isn’t enough research to make definitive claims about this.
- Potential bone protectant: A recent study on green tea showed promising results in preventing bone loss.
- Dental health: While some tea can stain your teeth, it doesn’t erode the enamel, unlike other beverages. Some studies have found that tea may decrease tooth loss.
- Improved immune system function: The antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties of certain teas may boost immune system function. Studies have shown that tea is capable of optimizing immune cells so they reach their targets quicker.
- Promising cancer-fighting properties: The research regarding this can be controversial, showcasing mixed results. Some studies have shown promising data on tea’s potential cancer-fighting properties.
- Digestive health: Certain herbal teas offer antispasmodic properties that can help aid in nausea and chronic digestive conditions. The anti-inflammatory benefits may soothe irritable bowel syndrome and other discomforts.
- Calorie-free option: All tea is calorie-free, providing a great alternative to other high-calorie beverages. With so many different flavors and herbal blends, tea is a wonderful option for those watching their weight.
- Better endurance: The catechins found in green tea may increase your body’s ability to better utilize fat as fuel, offering better endurance for working out.
- Lowered risk of Parkinson’s: A recent study from Finland discovered that tea may lower the risk for Parkinson’s disease.
- Potential neuroprotectant: The polyphenols found in tea may offer neuroprotective properties for parts of the brain responsible for regulating memory and learning.
- Blood sugar optimization: Some studies have discovered that tea may help those with diabetes process sugar better, optimizing blood sugar levels.
Comprehensive Selection of Tea
Since all of our teas are made-to-order, you’re more than welcome to request your favorites. We carry an extensive selection of tea leaves and herbal blends in order to provide a holistic approach for whatever ails you. If you don’t see a certain tea that you’re interested in, contact us! We’d love the opportunity to make custom CBD tea formulations for you and your family.