Tea is a brewed beverage made from the leaves of the small tree Camellia Sinensis.
The history of tea begins a few thousand years ago, either by an emporer’s lucky encounter with falling leaves, or a buddhist monk shedding his eyelids while trying to find enlightenment, it only matters for the scholars. Most importantly, it is with us. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. The first makes up more than 99% of your cup of tea: water.
How has one simple leaf captured the daily rituals of billions of people?
Since there is no secret, the answer is only found in the experience of it yourself.
The medicinal properties of tea have been a brought to the level of a panecea, it what they claim, is true ! Now, taking black tea before going to bed is not recommended if your ailment is insomnia. But alas, come early in the morning, it will be your cure for not having slept well!
Medicinally speaking now, in the morning black tea gives you a great boost to your focus for all the long hours of mindfulness ahead. Also, matcha, a Japanese powdered green tea, which contains enough caffeine for coffee drinkers is a good way to start the day. Best taken with some food, as it is more acidic then black tea. In the afternoon, greed tea is nice to have after a meal. It contains catechins to support digestion and has many other purported health benefits. In the later part of the day, a fine white tea is a well received with guests and with its lower caffeine content, will not keep you up at night.
There are two active ingredients in tea: caffeine and L-theanine, which together give you a mental boost and a calming effect. Zen monks found this a very useful tool in their sitting meditation practice and here we are today.