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"Tea" - An aromatic beverage | Amazing benefits of green tea, lemon tea, and other tea facts

Updated on May 22, 2016
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Green Tea

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Welcome to the "tea party"

Nice welcome to all of you to join me in this tea party. My earnest request to spend some time here with me drinking a cup of tea while I am engaging myself in enumerating some beautiful facts of tea.

Tea is a wonderful beverage created by mother nature. Wake up to the aromatic smell of tea each new dawn. It is very fragrant, sweet-smelling and refreshing to mind. Freshen up your spirits with a single cup of tea and start your day rejuvenated.

It's a great way of enjoying your time with friends. Simply offer a cup of tea to each of them and keep sipping the tea slowly as long as you engage in the gossip. Or get together at the tea shop or canteen along with your friends and simply order tea and enjoy a nice time talking with them. No extra need for any snacks or biscuits. Your gossip itself is enough in keeping all of you engaged.

Why a topic on Tea?

This topic is aimed at bringing out the salient features and health benefits of drinking tea. I have been challenged by a hubber, Ann Carr at HubPages to convince her to like and start drinking tea as she dislikes the tea very much.

I am a regular user of tea (tasting many blends and varieties of tea) since more than 50 years and like it very much, definitely more than coffee. So, I think it is but my obligation to bring forth the awareness regarding all the advantages and benefits of drinking tea and make people realise its plus points.

Ginger smelling aromatic tea

The ginger tea served in cups
The ginger tea served in cups

Lemon tea

Lemon tea prepared dipping a teabag into hot water and mixing lemon juice in it.
Lemon tea prepared dipping a teabag into hot water and mixing lemon juice in it.

Tea facts

  • Tea contains lesser content of caffeine than in coffee. One cup of coffee contains above 150 mg of caffeine whereas one cup of black tea contains only below 75 mg of caffeine. So, tea is more healthy than coffee.
  • Tea used to be consumed as a medicinal drink since time immemorial in the Asian regions of China, Burma, Korea, Japan and Himalayan range of India; probably since many centuries before BCE. Its origin is attributed to Southwest China by most historians.
  • It has become a regular, recreational, daily consumption drink later during the 8th century onwards in China and then it got spread to other countries also as a daily beverage with the efforts of the British rulers who wanted to break the Chinese monopoly by starting large-scale cultivation and production of tea in India during 17th century onwards.
  • China is the world's largest tea producer with a production of around 1.9 million tonnes during the year 2013 followed by India with 1.2 million tonnes.
  • But India is the most tea consuming country in the world even though the average consumption per head per annum is only 750 grams.
  • Turkey leads with a consumption of 2.5 kg per head per annum.
  • My own consumption of tea is 250 grams for two people in one month. We drink 3 cups a day.
  • Tea is available in different blends and types of tea - black tea, green tea, ginger tea, lemon tea, herbal tea, etc.

Tea idioms and phrases and historical tea party movements

"Tea" is associated with many popular idioms and phrases around the world.

  • ''Tea for two and two for tea'' is a popular musical song (duet song) created in 1925 and later becoming the title song of a musical film with the same title "Tea for Two" in the year 1950. The song became a popular jazz standard and it was most played on a Lawrence Welk TV show featuring 1000 episodes.
  • "Boston Tea Party" of December 16,1773, for American struggle for Independence is a well-known movement around the world.
  • Another "Tea Party movement" was started during Obama's first-year reign (during January 2009) by conservatives and libertarians calling for lower government spending and lower taxes which is active even now.
  • "All the tea in China" is an idiom used to refer to huge quantities or size of anything. People may also use to assert that he may not do a job even for all the tea in China.
  • "Tempest in a teapot" is another idiom used to refer to a situation where much fuss is made out of a trifle.
  • "Not my cup of tea" is a phrase used to show aversion at something or to make clear that it is none of his business or he hates it.
  • The idiom "Chocolate teapot" is used sometimes to refer to something useless. It is because a chocolate teapot cannot hold tea which is generally hot.
  • The phrase "Tea break" is more popular than coffee break all over the world to denote to a short interval during work at afternoon hours. Sports events use it more widely.
  • "It's tea time" also is another phrase for a tea-break or afternoon interval.
  • When we send invitations for social gatherings or for any short period celebrations, we invite them to attend a tea party on the occasion. "You are cordially invited to attend to the tea party...".

Tea leaves

Tea leaves are being plucked from plants to be dried and used.
Tea leaves are being plucked from plants to be dried and used.

Tea is very easy to prepare

Do you know how to prepare tea?

It is very simple. Put the tea strainer with tea leaves or powder in it above your cup and pour the hot water onto it. Add sugar and milk in the cup. Mix and drink. If you don't like milk, you can simply add sugar and drink it.

You must have been remembering the nursery song learnt at your childhood-

"I am a teapot fat and stout,

Here's my handle, here's my spout!

When the water is boiling, here me shout!

Lift me up and pour me out."

Black Tea preparation images

Tea kettle ready with hot water in it.
Tea kettle ready with hot water in it.
Cups with sugar in it.
Cups with sugar in it.
Hot water is poured from the tea kettle through the tea powder into the cups.
Hot water is poured from the tea kettle through the tea powder into the cups.

Tea quotes

"My copper kettle whistles merrily

And signals that it is time for tea.

The fine china cups are filled with the brew.

There's lemon and sugar and sweet cream, too.

But, best of all, there's friendship between you and me.

As we lovingly share our afternoon tea."

- By Marianna Arolin (Also found on moranhotels.com afternoon tea menu page)


"If you are cold, tea will warm you;

If you are too heated, it will cool you;

If you are depressed, it will cheer you;

If you are exhausted, it will calm you."

- By William Gladstone (ex-PM of United Kingdom)

What about you?

Do you think you can give a try to tea?

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Amazing Green Tea health benefits

Different types of tea, their features and health benefits

Type of tea
Nature and composition of tea
Caffein content
Health benefits of tea
Black tea
It is general black tea made with wilted, dried, fermented leaves. Tea is brewed or steeped in hot water adding sugar to taste with no milk
highest caffeine of 22 to 28 mg in 1 gram of black tea.
Refreshes and rejuvenates the whole body and mind. Reduces damage caused to lungs from cigarette smoking, lowers the risk of heart stroke.
Green tea
It is unfermented and made with steamed leaves. Tea is boiled for longer time in hot water to give good taste.
11 to 20 mg caffeine per 1 gram
Restricts many kinds of cancer related problems, prevents clogging of arteries, reduces neurological disorders and heart strokes, improves cholesterol levels.
White tea
White teas are uncured and unfermented. Tea is prepared like black tea.
11 to 16 mg
It is considered as possessing more anti-cancer properties than other teas.
Oolang tea
It is partially fermented and made up of leaves, buds and stem also.
15 to 25 mg
It is good for lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Herbal tea
Herbal teas are not tea leaves. They use other herbs for making tea
 
Herbal teas are good for health. They protect from cold and indigestion and fight with infections and nausea, etc.
Ginger tea
Ginger tea is made by adding ginger to black tea leaves while brewing the tea.
 
Ginger tea protects from cold and cough and good for indigestion and acidity. It cures from muscle and joint pains.
Infusion tea (scented tea)
Black tea leaves are covered with flowers like lily, jasmine and hibiscus in bunches or ball shapes to make them scented.
 
Infusion tea relaxes your body and promotes sleep.

So, I hope you might be realising that tea is good and better than coffee and other beverages and you may like to have a try of it. Your views are welcome in the comments section below.

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      BODYLEVIVE 6 weeks ago from Alabama, USA

      Very informative hub. I do love certain teas and you've listed some that I may try.

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      Venkatachari M 5 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      I am honoured with your visit, Marlene. Glad to know that tea helped you to control your medical problems. The tea idioms are really entertaining. Our ancestors used to be so much humoristic and intelligent in conveying their feelings and messages so beautifully through idioms.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 months ago from Northern California, USA

      This is a fun article. I learned a lot about tea and I especially enjoyed reading the idioms. I recently started drinking tea to help with some medical issues and I am very pleased with the results.

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      Worraphark 9 months ago from Thailand

      Wow! It 's amazing, thanks for your sharing.

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Tea is very good for health. There is no question of religion here. I am not forcing it but only pointing to the benefits so that people do not underestimate it.

      Thanks for the visit and your feedback.

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      suraj punjabi 10 months ago from jakarta

      This is indeed a very useful and informative hub about the benefits of tea drinking. Personally I am a coffee drinker. But then again, I like to drink tea every once in a while especially when I want to drink a hot beverage that does not give me an unnecessary caffeine kick. I don't think it should be a choice. We can sometimes drink tea or coffee. It is not a religion, it is a drink. LOL!

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Glad to know that you feel like sipping tea and keep all these varieties. That's great! Thanks for the visit and nice comment.

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      Word 10 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Venkatachari, I appreciate the benefits of tea. I feel like sipping some right now. Thank you. I have all kinds.

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Dianna. Nice to hear you drink tea daily. I heard about Rooibos tea which is also good for asthma and allergies besides other benefits. But, never tried it. Thanks for your nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nadine, for your visit and nice comment. Peppermint drink is also a very great thing which is good for health. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      I enjoy a cup of tea almost every day. I especially enjoy green and rooibos. Your idioms and phrases were a great read and I learned something today from the "tempest" reference.

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      Nadine May 10 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Great post on tea. I drink peppermint ( from the garden) and ginger tea every day. Loved reading your Tea idioms and phrases.

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      Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Nithya, for the visit and nice comment.

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      Nithya Venkat 12 months ago from Dubai

      An interesting and informative hub about tea enjoyed reading. Tea is my favorite beverage. I love coffee too but mostly drink tea.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to see you, Chitra. True. Tea is better than coffee in many ways and I wanted to give awareness to people who do not like or drink it. I got the inspiration from Ann Carr's challenge, which I mentioned in the second capsule.

      Thanks for your visit and this nice comment.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wholesome hub on Tea! You did a brilliant job with so many details about Tea.

      We love having Tea, here in India and they are good for health as well. I enjoy all varieties of Tea.

      Thank you for sharing this useful and informative hub about Tea with others, who do not know much about this wonderful beverage.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Manatita, you are so lovely to leave very appreciating comments always. I am glad to see you enjoy all these flavours of tea already.

      Thanks for the visit and nice comment. My blessings.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Missy, thank you a lot for this lovely comment. It is just like gossipping at tea. You came with so many lovely memories of tea moments spent with your mother and your your friend in Amsterdam. I am happy that you keep so many beautiful memories with you.

      I really didn't expect that I could deal with it in such a manner. But Ann always inspires me, reading her hubs. And friends like you and Manatita and many other nice writers are here. I love this site because of all of you.

      Thanks once again for the visit and nice comment. My blessings to you always.

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      A very English drink and so glad you like it. I have just finished a lemon, manuka and ginger, I believe, and green tea is great too.

      You have covered this so well, even including some poems and sayings too. Great Hub!

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      Hey Venkat, I'm sorry I arrived late to the tea party. I've been a bit busier these days, so I'm trying to catch up.

      This was a very informational hub, but most of all to me, it was fun!

      Let's see, tea as you drink it, I don't drink much, not that I wouldn't love it. I remember when I was like 12 years old with nothing to do during Summer's break. Well, at night anyway, during the day, I went swimming at the local pool with my friends, and I watched movies on HBO, which was all we had back then. Basic cable and HBO were the bomb. lol. So, at night with nothing to do, my mother and I got into the habit of playing scrabble and drinking tea. She bought us all kinds; Earl Grey, Orange Citrus, just all kinds, I can't even remember all the flavors, but I remember loving those moments. Picking my flavor of tea, pouring the hot water from the kettle into my tea cup, dipping my tea bag a few times then letting it settle for a few minutes before tasting the first taste. Aaahhh....I miss it really. However, it's been a long time since I've drunk tea like that. Oh, I have drunk a bunch of iced tea through the years; I'm southern, and that type of tea is a necessity for southerly living ask anybody. lol. No, but the pinky pointed up kind I haven't drunk in too long now. :)

      I have this friend in Amsterdam who loves tea. He reminds me of my childhood days of drinking tea when we are chatting, and he is sipping on his tea. He also drinks different flavors, and he loves it. He was raised Dutch, but in fact, his family roots are from somewhere near Brazil. He actually has a Hindu background I believe.

      Tea was a good subject. I love how you opened the conversation. It was clever and fun. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Pran Rangan. I don't remember anything like that. But, I am used to drink it often along with coffee since childhood. Coffee was more popular in my childhood. But, after I joined job in U.P., since 1972, I had more tea than coffee.

      But, one thing I regret. I do not find the best tea that I had during my childhood. It was Rose tea from Brooke Bond company. It vanished after 1970's from India.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 13 months ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      An elaborately written hub about Tea.

      I clearly remember, when I was a youngster, tea had a bad name as it was considered to be harmful to health. But more than a decade ago, scientific research proved it otherwise and now it is supposed to be a health drink.

      Thanks, Mr Venketachari, for sharing the hub.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks, Ann, for the re-visit and appreciating my effort once again. And, as you say, Dora can still come up with some more new things that I might have not touched or with some fresh approach to impress people.

      Dora, I would also like to see your approach of impressing people which is unique in your own way.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Dora, you don't need to give up - you could still put forward ideas to try to inspire! Sorry if I put you off.

      Venkatachari M, this hub is still an impressive, well-written argument which is why I set the challenge in the first place, so it's achieved the object and I thank you again for responding.

      Ann

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      That's great, Dora. You are really blessed with fresh tea leaves! And you love tea too! I am sorry if I have snatched away your opportunity. But, I have already promised Annart that I will be coming up with tea when I commented on her hub, the first day itself.

      Thanks for the visit and your nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Devika. Thanks for the nice comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 13 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'm a tea lover, and blessed with several plants in my yard that provide me with fresh tea leaves. You article is a treat.

      By the way, when I read Ann's challenge, tea is the one thing I thought I could inspire her with; now I won't even try. Good job!

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      Devika Primić 13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub! I like tea and your reasons for having it makes a lot of sense.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Faith. I am humbled with your comment. Glad that you will be trying to drink tea now. Thanks for the nice comment and for sharing it. And, I receive your blessings with great pleasure. My blessings and best wishes to you and all your family members.

      Ann, I know your limitations and can understand and respect your attitudes. Thanks for the revisit and reply. My best wishes and blessings to you and all your family members.

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Wow, Ven,

      I believe you certainly lived up to Ann's challenge. In fact, you have convinced me to drink tea! You're so right about all the health benefits. I do love my coffee, but I am now willing to start drinking tea.

      You've produced a mighty fine hub here.

      I will share.

      Blessings

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      I appreciate your advice very much. Yes, have tried lemon tea too and I'm afraid I don't like salt - see how awkward I am?!! I love lemons but not in that form - sorry! I'm glad you don't mind whether or not I drink it and I'm honoured that you've made such an effort to get me to like tea and presented such a persuasive hub. May you continue to enjoy your nutritious and healthy tea in all its forms.

      Thanks again for your sterling efforts.

      Ann :)

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      That's great to know that you come from a family of great tea drinkers and one of your daughter likes tea very much. I hope you might be allergic to the flavour of tea.

      Did you try lemon tea? Put the tea leaves less than half teaspoonful in the strainer and pour water quickly without lingering so that it does not get concentrated. Then add some white salt and / or black salt and add lemon juice (only a half lemon). Stir and drink it. Perhaps you may like it.

      Anyway, thanks for appreciating my work and for the nice comment. I will not bother whether you drink it or not. I simply tried my effort.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Thank you for responding to my challenge! As far as I'm aware, this is the first response. I hope I haven't missed any others; if I have, I'm sure someone will put me right. Thanks for the mention too.

      You've come with a great mix of types of tea, phrases, songs and benefits of the beverage and your presentation is great.

      I come from a family of great tea drinkers, mostly because my father was a northerner and traditionally they drink far more tea than the south of England. However, no matter how many different types of tea I've tried, with or without milk, I've found none which tempts me to like it! The smell itself puts me off, even though I've tried the varieties which try to smell differently like peppermint, blackcurrant and such like.

      I don't have a sweet tooth either so never have sugar, even in coffee; that means I can't disguise the taste with a sweetener.

      I have two daughters, one who drinks tea and doesn't like coffee much and one who drinks coffee and never drinks tea!

      What a difficult, fussy person I am! However, I did enjoy very much your exposé on the subject.

      Thanks again. I'll add your link to my challenge hub.

      Ann

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks Bill, for your prompt visit and comment. I am glad that you too love tea like Eric and that you love iced one. Tea is really awesome and good for our body. Thanks for your nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Eric. I am happy that you reached first to view and comment on this hub. Thanks a lot for the nice comment.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice answer to Ann's challenge. I do like tea, iced more than hot, but I have enjoyed it for years and love the fact that it has health benefits. :)

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent article on one of my favorite beverages. Tea is awesome.

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