Tea is the world's most popular drink, and probably drunk in all continents and countries. It is drunk from a cup, glass or elegant cups. The oldest and richest tradition of drinking tea, of course, comes from China, a country with a very rich culture.
As legend has it, it all began one fine day in 2737 BC in China. On that day, the Chinese Emperor - Shen Nung, scholar and herbalist who, for reasons of hygiene, drank boiled water, was resting under a tree. A light breeze blew, the blast caused a few leaves of wild tee fall into the pitcher of water. Of course the emperor gazing at the beauty of nature did not notice this, but the taste of the drink charmed him.
It’s not correct that the English brought the first tea to Europe. Tea leaves to the old world were brought on board their vessels by the Dutch in the early seventeenth century, which were distributed on to Italy, France, Germany and Portugal. Tea came to England in 1658 thanks to Thomas Garraway, merchant and store owner in London, but only when King Charles II married the Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, who was a lover of tea (and shy brought a Chinese tea chest as dowry) this drink though, settled for good at the royal court.
Infusions have healing properties that have been known for thousands of years. Chinese medicine still uses these properties with positive results. Tea brewed appropriately can be supportive in fighting some ailments. According to Chinese custom, tea has up to 20 different beneficial properties. It is believed for example, that tea cleans the blood, overcome heavy dreams, regenerates the brain, brightens eyes, drives away gloom, enlivens, strengthens courage and improves memory capacity.
Different types of teas have different health benefits. Therefore, each type of tea should be approached on an individual basis.
Green Tea - is made solely from the leaves, and is unfermented:
-Prevent and inhibit the growth of many cancers
-They have antibacterial and antiviral properties
- Lower cholesterol
- Prevent stress
- Protects against heart attacks
-Works in the case of hypertension
-Cleanse the body of toxins
-They have remarkable properties of antiulcer
-Cold infusion of green tea is recommended for washing the eyes with conjunctivitis
-Is recommended for sufferers of gastric hyperacidity
-Green tea is a great antioxidant.
Pu-erh Tea - Chinese red tea with earthy taste and smell. Pu-erh Tea contains many minerals and trace elements and caffeine (theine), manganese, calcium, fluoride, essential oils, and proteins. Although the flavor of this tea can be a bit annoying and irritating, this tea is extremely beneficial to the human body. It should not be sweetened, because sugar neutralizes most of its properties.
-It effectively fights obesity (called killer fat)
-It helps in concentration
-It improves peripheral circulation and cerebral
-It improves memory
-It regulates the metabolism
-Supports liver and strengthens it
-Fluorine contained in it effectively prevents tooth decay
-Accelerates the digestion of alcohol
-Helps fight bad mood, and even mild depression
-Regulates the digestive system
-It has diuretic properties
-It strengthens the body.
To take full advantage of the beneficial effect of massage after each session we will give you a cup of real tea!!!
Marcin Makowski M.A. is a massage therapist in Manchester, U.K.