Natural, Green & Black Teas
History of Tea
According to legend, in 28th Century BC a Chinese Emperor Shen Nong also known as the "divine healer" believed that healthy people drank boiled water. One day he was boiling water over a fire made from the tea plant. A tea leaf accidentally fell into his cup and the leaf infused into the water in the cup. After he drank the beverage, Shen Nong felt very energised & so tea was created.
What is Green Tea?
All teas, other than herbal or natural tea, are brewed from dried leaves of Camellia sinensis, the tea plant. The oxidation level of the leaves determines the type of tea. Tea oxidation refers to a set of chemical reactions that results in the tea leaves turning brown, leading to the development of aroma and flavour compounds in finished teas.
Green tea leaves are not oxidised at all. It is one of the least processed teas and as a result retains most antioxidants and beneficial compounds found in tea leaves.
What are Herbal Teas?
Made from spices, fruits, seeds, herbs, roots, herbal teas also called tisanes are usually steeped in hot water. The chemical composition of natural herb teas varies depending on the herbs used to make them. Many herbs make delicious teas that are soothing, relaxing or refreshing. These healthy drinks can be taken warm in winter or cooled in summer. They make a valuable addition to the daily diet and are a healthy alternative to regular coffee or tea. While many herbs are included in teas because of their therapeutic properties, most have a pleasant taste.