The history of tea originated in South West China in 2737 B.C.E, it was documented that the Emperor Shen Nong, a skilled ruler and scientist, accidentally discovered tea when a wild leaf drifted into a boiling pot. During the 17th Century it became fashionable to drink tea and production began and commercialization in India.
Tea is now the second most consumed beverage globally with bottled water in first place.
I always associated a cup of tea with my Grandmother’s generation, sipping on tea and eating home made slice after a church service or having a catch up with friends whilst knitting ascarves for their grand children. The other association is with the British and the famous English Breakfast Tea. In fact back in 2000 when I visited the UK I picked up a tea canister from Harrods even though I didn’t really consume it. It is reported that the British consume 165 million cups of tea per day.
True tea known as white, green, black, oolong and pu’erh. Other teas are made from roots, bark, flowers and leaves of varying plants, hence the name herbal teas.
Tea drinks are constantly evolving, some popular teas are iced teas, fruit, milk (bubble), tea lattes, tea and juice blends, specialty teas, tea cocktails and now tea is also being used in cosmetics.
Tea trends have had their ups and downs but a new tea trend is sweeping across the globe. Functional teas and condition-specific blends have established a mainstream niche distinct from traditional medicine and beverage supplements as our shift and interest towards natural therapies gain ground.Healing Herbal Teas Pukka Lemon, Ginger, Manuka Honey Herbal Tea Bags, 20 Count, 2 Grams
Tea is predicted to have a compound annual growth fo 5.5% by 2022.
During my Graves Disease I tried a lot of herbal teas and have listed some faves below. 😀
TOP TEA PICKS
*all effects may assist
Effect – antioxidant, reduces blood pressure, can prevent cancer, increases stamina, cell protection, skin health, anti influenza, biological regulators, deodorizing effects.
Effect – digestive health, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, mouth health, clogged sinuses, energy, menstrual cramps, bacterial infections, sleep help, allergies, weight loss and concentration.
Effect – Promotes sleep and helps insomnia, boosts immunity, period pain, soothes stomach aches, skin conditions, stress, skin, acne, anti aging, dandruff.
Effect – nausea, digestion, inflammation, pms, respiratory, circulation, immunity
Effect – hypertension, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, liver health, menstrual cramps, depression, digestion and weight management. It is rich is vitamin c and has laxative properties.
LEMON BALM TEA
Effect – stress and anxiety, sleep improvement, brain health, digestive problems, infections, heart disease, ADHD, Graves Disease, tumors, sores and alzheimers disease.
Effect – acid digestion, ADHD, chronic fatigue, genital herpes, gum disease, malaria, rattle snake bite, migraine, pain, septicemia, flu, tonsillitis, urinary tract infection, vaginal yeast infection
Effect – insomnia , anxiety, adjustment disorder, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), pain, fibromyalgia, relieving opioid withdrawal symptoms, reducing anxiety and nervousness before surgery, and heart failure
Effect – skin inflammation and infection, stomach ulcers and heartburn, hepatitis c, tooth decay, sore throat