15 Quick Fun Facts for Tea Lovers
Tea has been around for centuries but never before has it been as wildly popular as it is today. If you’re someone who loves their tea, you would enjoy learning these fun facts about one of the world’s oldest natural beverages.
- According to legend, tea was accidentally discovered by a Chinese emperor nearly five thousand years ago.
- The task of picking tea leaves in ancient China was entrusted to young girls to maintain purity. They were forbidden from handling other spices with strong odors.
- Tea is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, which has its origins in the Indian subcontinent. Black, green, white, pu-erh and oolong teas are all made from this plant and are loaded with multiple health benefits.
- For several centuries, green tea was the only form of tea produced and consumed in China. Black tea was born out of a necessity to preserve tea leaves for long-distance transportation to other countries.
- The health benefits of tea come from flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that fight free radical damage caused by aging, pollution, poor lifestyle and stress.
- Herbal teas are made from spices, seeds, herbs and flowers. They’re not really considered tea by tea experts. However, herb-derived infusions such as chamomile, rose, ginger, lemon grass, lavender, turmeric, hibiscus, cinnamon, licorice, mint, ginkgo biloba, nettles and basil are widely popular as teas across the world. Herbal teas contain zero caffeine.
- All teas made from Camellia sinensis contain caffeine, but black tea has the highest caffeine levels. However, a cup of black tea usually contains one half to one-third of caffeine in a cup of coffee.
- A potent amino acid called L-theanine found in tea works in tandem with caffeine and flavonoids to promote mental and physical wellness.
- Oolong tea, also known as dark dragon tea, has its roots in China. It comes in many different varieties and is a favorite among tea connoisseurs.
- Marley Andrews from Sips By says that discovering new teas should be a fun and affordable experience. If you love to experiment with new aromas and flavors but don’t want to buy full boxes, look for a tea subscription to get smaller servings of hand-picked teas tailored to your preferences.
- You can use herbal tea leaves to make anti-aging masks, toners, lip balm, hair masks, hair rinse, body scrub and facial cleansers at home.
- Yaupon infusions, made from the yaupon holly plant, were widely consumed by Native Americans for healing. Yaupon tea is making a grand comeback across the United States as an herbal tea with tremendous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
- The Turkish drink the most tea in the world, followed closely by the Irish.
- To preserve their aroma, store your teas in airtight boxes placed in a cool and dry environment with no direct sunlight.
- Good tea should not only taste great, it should have no artificial additives, and should not dry your mouth. In addition, true tea lovers prefer teas produced using environmentally-friendly processes.