"Tea" - An aromatic beverage | Amazing benefits of green tea, lemon tea, and other tea facts
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
- 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 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
"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?
Amazing Green Tea health benefits
Different types of tea, their features and health benefits
Type of tea
Nature and composition of tea
Health benefits of 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.