Why tea is one of the best natural products for a healthy life?
When talking about tea, we must first get to know Shennong, who is the founder of tea. Shennong spent his whole life researching and testing plants to find herbal medicine for the people. He was so revered by them so much that he became known as the chinese god “Yandi”.
The first recording of Shennong and tea is in the first chinese herbal book called “Ben Cao Jing” in the year 1123 BC. It mentions how Shennong drank tea to detoxify himself while being poisoned through the tasting of various plants in search of herbal medicine. That is why from the beginning of discovering tea and after more than 2000 years, tea has been recorded for being used as a detoxifier and antibiotic.
Tea culture and its revolutionary development
In the history of tea culture, the most famous key influencer is Mr. Lu Yu, who is also known as the Confucius of Tea. He was a key driver of research, education and the promotion of tea and has impacted the tea culture for almost 1300 years.
Another key figure is Mr. Wu Li Zhen, who was the first person to plant and cultivate Camellia Sinensis in the year 53BC (Chinese “Xihan Dynasty”).
Wu Li Zhen’s tea tree planting led to the rapid development of the tea industry. This had a big effect on the tea culture, it could be seen in the booming tea industry of the “Tang” and “Song” dynasty. It also transformed tea culture from a herbal medicine to day-to-day healthy drink, although mostly in the upper class. This is what we called the first tea culture revolution and in these times, tea culture philosophy was for health. Even in China today, more than 95% of people drink tea for its health benefits.
During the Tang Dynasty, tea culture along with many other chinese cultures, had extended to Japan. Today, the Japanese still keep the Tang Dynasty’s largest culture, Tea. They have “Chadao”, this is very famous but it wasn't as big of an effect compared to in Europe.
In the year 1602, the first european tea trade ship departed Holland. This was the beginning of tea culture in the western continent. After half a century in the mid-16th century, tea made its way to England. In the mid-17th century, the English found opportunities to globalise the tea industry. In that time, the industrial revolution occurred. Many factories and offices were introduced to the concept of morning and afternoon tea. Hence creating a new tea culture and that which we call the second tea culture revolution. With that, tea culture philosophy was mainly designed for commercial use and has become a drink for leisure.