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Support The Troops: How To Make Tea In The Field

Updated on March 7, 2008

This bad cook recipes article focuses on two important things, supporting the troops, and making a good cup of tea.

The basic elements of making tea in the field are covered in the video below, so I would reccomend that you watch this first, and then continue on for more advanced tea education in the passages below.

Health Benefits Of Tea

  • Tea is known to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Some studies claim that tea may even lower the risk of skin cancer.
  • It has also been claimed that tea delays Alzheimers, and helps fight AIDS.
  • Tea is also said to boost the immune system.
  • Green Tea is believed to kill leukemia cells.
  • Mr T is well known for his lack of tolerance towards jibber jabber.

As is evident to anyone with eyes, tea has almost supernatural powers. It's no wonder that many years ago the British Army were rumored to stop in the middle of battles simply in order to have a tea break. One may doubt the veracity of this claim, but one cannot doubt the importance of tea.

Tea, and the drinking of it, is a custom that spans many cultures. The Chinese and Japanese are well known for their love of tea, and the Japanese Tea Ceremony has become famed throughout the globe as the foremost formal method of drinking the beverage. The Chinese have the drop on the Japanese when it comes to the history of tea however, as there are records of tea drinking in China dating back 5,000 years.

It is said that tea was the invention, or perhaps discovery is a better word, of a Chinese Emperor known as Shen Nung, a keen scientist who noticed one day whilst out with his court that some leaves had fallen into the water being boiled to make it safe to drink, and had stained the water brown. Rather intrepidly, he elected to drink the brown water, and found it pleasing. Thus was the custom and practice of tea drinking begun.

Tea is undoubtedly one of nature's plentiful gifts which we are fortunate to enjoy. Unlike the many synthetic beverages which have flooded the market in recent years, the effects of tea are overwhelmingly positive. Whether made in a Japanese tea ceremony, out in the field, or simply thrown together in one's own kitchen, tea is a healthy and inexpensive beverage that should be a part of everyone's diet.

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      huba7 10 years ago

      I like tea myself-and I do know the power of green tea especially to our health

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      Hope Alexander 10 years ago

      Thanks Kathryn :)

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      Kathryn Vercillo 10 years ago from San Francisco

      What an interesting idea to combine these two topics into one. Creative AND useful!