Tea is known to be an aromatic and invigorating drink prepared by steeping the leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen plant native to Asia. It is the second most consumed drink in the world, after water.It is considered to be an imperial drink.Chinese legends attribute the invention of tea to Chinese sage/Emperor Shennong in 2737 B.C.
Tea plant is best grown in loose, deep soil, at high altitudes and sub-tropical climate is highly suitable for its plantation.There are several types of tea coming from the same plant and is commonly divided into categories based on its processing method.
The most common types of tea are black, white, green, oolong and Pu’erh. In addition to these, tisanes or herbal infusions, like the chamomile tea, Rooibos tea, rose hip tea are also popular but these infusions are not tea and have no traces of Camellia sinensis leaves.
Tea contains various xanthenes which stimulate the brain while they relax the body. Further, it contains high quantities of polyphones which help our bodies fight off free radicals which are needed to fight cellular damage and repair cell damage.
Tea has a long history attached to it. With unlimited stories and innumerable facts relating to tea there is no end to exploring the vast world of this noble drink.