Every living thing and non-living thing needs some input in order to produce efficient output. Everything needs to be relaxed and charged once the energy is almost consumed. For example, our technological devices are also powered by batteries, which need to be relaxed and charged after a specific period.  We, as humans, need air to breath, food to fill our bellies, and water to survive healthily. Moreover, we need tea and caffeine to counter two of the biggest challenges of our lives; tiredness and laziness.

In this day and age, tea is painstakingly associated with leisure time or office breaks, and taking time to have a cup of tea is considered as a moment of calm, relaxation and chill in our uncontrollably hectic lives. However, it seems a little inconsistent but extraordinary to remember that more than 250 years ago from today, tea was such a highly argumentative and hugely hot political issue for the government and rebels in America. Outlandishly, tea was the reason that changed the history of America forever. Yes, I’m talking about the well-known Boston Tea Party, a protest against soaring tea duties and taxes by the government which later turned into a civil war, which eventually led to the American War of Independence. [Wikipedia] “The Boston Tea Party was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773.” In addition, tea was a very profitable business for smugglers due to high taxes and expensive prices. Nevertheless, today tea is just a peacefully sweet drink that provides relaxation and peace of mind to billions of people every day.

Origins of Tea

The first usage of tea dates back to almost 5000 years ago. It was the reign of Shen-Nung, a Chinese emperor, when tea leaves were first utilized for producing drinks.  Some theories also suggest that it was travelling traders that spread the mind-blowing properties of the tea leaves, which belong to the Camellia Sinensis family of trees. Before producing tea from these leaves, the Chinese people used them for medicinal purposes and treatment of asthma, chest pain & heart failure, and artery diseases.

After Chinese started drinking tea, then the Buddhist monks were introduced to the freshness of tea – the people who took tea to Japan around the 9th century. A couple of centuries later, some western people tried tea in China and started exporting it to west, during the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644). In the earlier days, tea was a drink for the upper class only due to its high price. Although, as time passed, the prices reduced and tea became the national English drink in the UK. Tea then soaked up the influence of the regions and continents it crossed.  For example, in Japan, tea became the focal point of ceremonies, but in the UK, tea was a daily drink for working class and English people preferred strong tea, sometimes black or with milk. Moreover, the first written record of milk’s addition into tea in Europe was in 1680 by the epistolist, Madame de Sévigné.

A Cup of Tea To Keep The Doctor Away…

A recent scientific study regarding tea suggests that green and black tea may protect against cancer or other diseases such as metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Tea also protects against gum disease and tooth decay as it is a natural source of fluoride.

Tea helps in relaxation because it has a compound called ‘L-theanine’ that promotes calmness and relaxation in the brain. The same compound works with caffeine in order to promote a mental state of ‘calm alertness’, which is amazingly beneficial for concentration.