Tea🍵 is one of my favorite beverages!
Its soothing aroma just transports me to a place of peace, calm and relaxation.🛀
Whenever I am cold, ready for bed,🛌💤 or not feeling well,🤒😷🤧 a nice cup of tea🍵 always warms me right up, calms me right down, and makes me feel better instantly.
Now you may be asking yourself, what is tea exactly, how is tea grown, and why is tea so good for you?
Let’s dive in and learn more.
What Is Tea?🍵
Tea is one of the most widely drank beverages on the planet.🌎
According to Wikipedia,
Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant that is native to East Asia.
There are two kinds of Camellia sinensis plant.
The first one is the Camellia sinensis sinensis that has smaller leaves and looks like an evergreen shrub.
This plant is usually used to make green and white teas.
It grows in mountainous⛰ regions and thrives in cool, dry climates with lots of sunlight.☀️
The other kind of Camellia sinensis is the Camellia sinensis assamica.
This plant has larger leaves and was first discovered in the Assam district of India.
This plant is usually used to create a strong black tea.
Its leaves grow in warm, moist climates and can be found in sub-tropical forests.🌴
There are several kinds of hybrid plants that evolve from these Camellia sinensis plants.
What many people may not know is that all tea (no matter if it is green, black, or any other kind) is produced from the leaves and buds of this plant.
Tea vs. Herbal🌿Tea
You may have heard of herbal teas or fruit teas.🍎🍓🥝🍑🍵
These are actually not considered real tea since they are not from the Camellia sinensis plant.
They are made differently.
Herbal and fruit teas are made from dried fruits,🍏🍓🍍🍑🍋 flowers, 🌸🌼 spices and/or herbs.🌿
Because of this, these kinds of “teas” are known as tisanes.
A tisane refers to a caffeine-free blend that is prepared like a tea.
Since herbal teas are made so differently than normal tea, there is a wide range of flavors and variety out there.
They can become a great alternative to those unhealthy, super sugary drinks.🥤
There are many benefits to drinking herbal teas due to their healing and health-promoting properties.
In fact, many herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a sore throat, bloating, stomach pain, joint pain, insomnia, constipation, indigestion, and many more ailments.
These kinds of herbal teas include chamomile, rooibos, rose hip, lemon balm, hibiscus, passionflower, ginger, peppermint, echinacea, and many more.
To taste some of these herbal teas, check out this tea sampler with over 24 different types of teas to try by clicking HERE.
Now that you have the correct definition of tea, let’s look at some of the many benefits that tea has to offer.
Benefits of Drinking Tea🍵
There are many different health benefits you can get from drinking tea.
Let’s take a look at some.
Tea is filled with antioxidants.
Antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation.
An example of an antioxidant is ascorbic acid.
Now, what’s oxidation you may ask…
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals in the body.
This could lead to a chain reaction that could cause severe damage to your cells.
Tea helps to fight off and destroy free radicals in the body.
Free radicals can be very damaging to the body as it can damage your DNA.🧬
Another great benefit that tea has is that it is high in ORAC which is oxygen radical absorbance capacity.
ORAC is the measurement of how much a certain food can quench the oxygen free radicals.
Our bodies normally fight off these free radicals, but it is not always perfect.
Drinking tea can give your body that added bit of help that it needs to get rid of all those free radical.
Less Caffeine Than Coffee☕️
There is about 95 mg of caffeine in one cup of coffee.
In black tea, there is 47 mg and 30 mg in green tea.
In some herbal blends, there is no caffeine at all!
Since tea has little to no caffeine in it, you can enjoy this nice hot, soothing beverage without the crazy side effects that drinking caffeine can give.
Don’t get me wrong.
Caffeine is a great energy booster, but drinking tea can be a better alternative for you in the long run.
Great Detoxifier and Helps Boost Your Body’s Defenses
Need to detox your body?
Tea🍵 is one of the best ways to do so.
Remember, it is a blend of antioxidants and prebiotics that help to boost your immune system along with improving your digestion.
Tea is able to kick those toxins right out of your body.
Some of those toxins include heavy metals and toxins from the environment.
A great yea detox you can check out is called the Red Tea Detox.
Soothing When You Are Sick🤧🤒😷
Tea🍵 helps to heal many different ailments that may be plaguing you.
From a sore throat to an upset stomach, tea helps to alleviate many of those symptoms.
It just feels so good when you drink it.
Calorie FREE and Hydrating💦
If you are watching your figure, you can enjoy this amazing benefit that tea has to offer.
It is calorie FREE!
Who doesn’t want an enjoyable beverage that won’t mess up their figure?
Along with it being calorie free, drinking tea also helps to hydrate your body along with giving it some added nourishment.
Its kind of like infused water,🍎🍋🍑💦 but it’s hot and there is nothing floating around in it.
Great Energy and Exercise🏋🏾♀️ Enhancer
Tea🍵 helps to boost exercise endurance.
Green tea specifically helps a lot with this.
This kind of tea increases your body’s ability to burn fat as fuel.
This, in turn, improves your muscles💪🏾 endurance.
If you are looking into getting fit the Zen way, check out my recommended ‘Fitness Programs’ page.
These are just some of the many different benefits that tea has to offer.
To see more of the benefits of drinking tea, click HERE.
Different Types of Tea🍵
Earlier in this post, I mentioned that all tea comes from the Camelia sinensis plant.
From this plant, the most popular teas are created.
This includes green, black, white, oolong and pu-erh.
Each kind of tea goes through its own process to become the type of tea🍵 you know and love.❤️
This is how each tea is processed.
Before I get into the process of how each tea is made, make sure you have all of your ‘Tea Essentials’ so you can make the best-tasting tea!
This kind of tea is processed through full oxidation or fermentation of the tea leaves.🌿
Once the leaves are harvested, they are then laid out to dry and wither on racks of bamboo or woven straw for about eight to twenty-four hours.
During this time, most of the waters💦 in these leaves🌿 evaporate.
Once the leaves are soft enough, they are then rolled up in order to release the chemicals in them.
This will contribute to its final color.
This rolling process will also determine the shape of the leaves and this will also impact the tea’s flavor and pungency.
These rolled up leaves are then spread out in cool and humid rooms so that it can be exposed to oxygen for several hours.
The oxygen will then react with the enzymes in the dried leaves to begin the oxidation process.
During this oxidation phase, the leaves turn from a green color to a coppery red color.
Once the leaves are fully oxidized, the final drying phase commences.
These leaves are then fired🔥 or dried to stop the oxidation process from continuing.
In China, traditionally, this final drying process is completed in hot woks.
In other locations, it is completed by being baked in an oven.
That is how black tea is processed.
Black tea usually has a stronger flavor than green and white tea.
This tea also maintains its flavor for many years, so enjoy!
Green tea is made from more mature leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
At this point, more chlorophyll has accumulated in the plant.
The process of creating green tea does not involve any oxidation.
In order to neutralize the enzymes and prevent the oxidation process from even occurring, the Camellia sinensis tea leaves🌿 are usually steamed or pan-fried.
These leaves are then rolled up in various ways and tightened.
Once that is complete, the final drying phase begins.
Since the oxidation process never occurs, most of this tea🍵 keeps its original green leafy appearance and color.
There is a lot more to this process and you can learn more about it by clicking HERE.
The process of making white tea is completely different than the process of making black and green tea.
First off, this is the least processed tea out of all of the teas.🍵
There are also different kinds of white tea that can be made.
To do this, the young parts of the Camellia sinensis plant, the little buds covered with silver-white hairs and the leaves🌿 are used.
There are other leaves that are used to make other kinds of white teas.
These leaves include:
- Da Bai (Large White)
- Xiao Bai (Small White)
- Narcissus bush
- Chaicha bush
Unlike the process of black tea, there is no oxidation that occurs to create white tea.
Instead, this tea🍵 is immediately wilted, steamed quickly and then dried.
Unlike how black and green tea leaves are rolled after the leaves air dry, there is no rolling or breaking in the making of white tea.
To learn more about the full process of making white tea click HERE.
This tea🍵 is immediately processed right after it is harvested.
The leaves🌿 are laid out in the sun☀️ to wither and dry.
They are then placed in baskets and shaken to bruise the edges of the leaves.
This bruising causes the leaves to partially oxidize since a portion of the enzymes of the leaves 🌿will be exposed to the air.💨
After that, they are tightly prepared for tumbling.
The tumbling of the leaves further the oxidation process and to form the shape of the leaves.
Once that is completed, the leaves🌿 are then spread back out into the sun☀️ to finish the oxidation process.
This process is then brought to a halt after two hours so that the leaves may be fired🔥 in hot woks to stop the oxidation process.
Once complete, Oolong tea will have crisp dry leaves with a rich dark color and taste.
This tea🍵 is one of the highest quality tea you will ever drink.
It is made from fresh leaves🌿 that undergo the same steps of tea processing as black tea but is then fermented and left out to age naturally over time.🕰️
This aging process takes about a decade to complete.
Some brewers of this tea use a process called “wo dui” to speed up the aging process.
This will cause the tea to mimic the taste of naturally aged Pu-erh tea.
To learn more and watch the making of this tea, click HERE.
Where is Tea🍵 Grown?
Tea is grown in a variety of locations.
The most widely known countries where tea is produced are China, Japan, India, and Sri Lanka.
In recent years, there have been new locations producing tea.
These locations include Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Kenya.
Many places can produce any of the different kinds of teas🍵(green, black, white, etc), but each region is usually known for making a certain kind of tea.
For example, green tea and oolong tea is known for being produced in Japan.
Black tea is known for being produced in Sri Lanka.
China is known for producing black, white, and pu’erh.
All teas originated in China.
Black tea was known as red tea over there.
White tea is primarily harvested in China but is produced in Eastern Nepal, Taiwan, Thailand, Galle (Southern Sri Lanka) and northeast India.
Even though green tea originated in China as well, it is produced mainly in Japan.
Oolong tea is originally grown in Fujian province in China but is produced in Pinglin near Taipei.
To learn even more about the different locations tea🍵 is produced check out this site HERE.
To Wrap Things Up…
Once again, tea🍵 is one of the best kinds of beverage to have especially when you need to relax, 🛀 are not feeling well😷🤧🤒 or just need to warm up.🔥
Check out this 24 flavor sample pack and try not to fall in love with tea!🍵❤️
Once you do fall in love with tea, don’t forget to check out my recommended ‘Tea Essentials’ that you will need to brew the best-tasting tea you will ever have!
The multitude of benefits this little drink has makes you want to pour a cup, curl up in a cozy blanket and sip on it while you watch YouTube…(yes I am describing myself right now).
To drinking more tea,
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