This is the story about tea and its health benefits that have been used for centuries around the world. China has always been considered as the homeland of tea, because the citizens of Sichuan Province skillfully cultivated and drank this medicinal herb.
This Asian country created the unique tea culture and cult more than 1,000 years ago, but this healthy beverage reached the European continent in the 17th century, with the arrival of the first Dutch ships.
Tea represents a mixture of crumbled plant parts that are designed for internal and external use. All tea leaves, except herbal and fruit ones, originate from the same bush evergreen plant, Camellia Sinensis.
When it comes to tea types, there are actually two, the one which is obtained from Camellia Sinensis, and the herbal one which is made by combination of various herbs. The purpose and properties of these two types are quite different. The first type contains caffeine and is used as stimulating or soothing remedy, while the second one is largely consumed as a folk medicine remedy.
Tea or tea beverage provides the body with the necessary micronutrients (minerals), which enter our body when we consume the appropriate amount of boiled water that cleanses the body of toxins easily. The phenomenon of drinking large amounts of boiled water, whether it is warm or cold, has been spread in hot tropical and subtropical regions, as it reduces excessive sweating and protects against various infections.
“Tea Party” in England and Turkey
In England, the tradition of having the afternoon tea was introduced by Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, as the usual break between breakfast and dinner. It has become a new meal that is consisted of drinking tea and serving small sandwiches or cookies. Since then, the tea parties have been organized in nature, salons and all other easily accessible and pleasant places. Nowadays, majority of English people drink tea with milk.
On the other hand, tea is a major source of caffeine for the Turkish people. It is prepared in a special way and consumed from a small, transparent glass, so you can see the dark red tea color. In Turkey, drinking the beverage is an important part of the working day and it represents an insult if you refuse to have a cup of tea with Turks.