Each time you take a sip of tea you’re engaging in a ceremony that’s thousands of years old. We loosely refer to all of our herbal beverages as tea, but traditionally tea comes from one plant called Camellia sinensis. One legend says that Chinese emperor Shennong, who is sometimes called the divine farmer, figured out how to make tea when leaves fell into water he was boiling about 4,500 years ago. Shennong was said to have experimented with hundreds of different herbs in his day, and he was a huge contributor to the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
One of the oldest known books about tea is the Ch’a Ching, which means The Classic of Tea, written around A.D. 760 during the Tang Dynasty. The author Lu Yü included information on the history of tea, growing methods, tools needed and how to prepare it. Lu Yü infuses spirituality in this manual and expresses the power of all the rituals surrounding tea, especially slowing down to appreciate the beverage.
Black, oolong and green tea are all different expressions of this one plant – Camellia sinensis. Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented and green tea is unfermented and steamed. Collectively, these drinks are second only to water in popularity worldwide.
We love green tea’s rich history and its role as a healthy beverage. We’ve conveniently paired some of our favorite herbs with green tea, so you can bring even more benefit to your daily tea ritual. This might be an easier way to start incorporating medicinal herbs into your life if you haven’t already. Our line includes Green Tea Dandelion, Green Tea Hibiscus, Green Tea Peppermint, Green Tea Ginger and Green Tea Lemongrass. These teas are refreshing and mildly stimulating with low caffeine content. We enjoy these green teas as an afternoon pick-me-up and for their medicinal properties.*
Some of our favorite tea leaves come from Darjeeling, India, in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. This vibrant green shrub is native to Southeast Asia, and it thrives when it’s grown in the higher altitudes of subtropical ecosystems. We’re proud to say that not only are our green teas tasty, but they’re also Fair Trade, Organic, and Non-GMO Project Verified.
It is quite incredible to imagine the thousands of years of tea evolution that had to happen to bring this healthy beverage into our lives. The next time you break for tea, take a moment to remember this ancient lineage of tea drinkers and be present with this cup of ancient wisdom.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” – Thich Nat Hahn
To learn more about our herbal teas, check out the Tea section of Plant Power Journal.