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About Our Tea

An ancient beverage steeped in history and enjoyed by millions, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water. While tea enjoyed a modest beginning, its popularity spread from its origins in China to Western Europe and the Americas. Throughout history, tea has been believed by many to aid the liver, destroy the typhoid germ, purify the body, and preserve mental equilibrium. More recently, scientists have examined the potential health benefits of tea and have discovered that much of the folklore surrounding tea may actually be true.

Tea (except herbal teas) is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub native to East and South Asia. Black, green, and oolong teas are all made from leaves plucked from the same tea bushes, but they undergo different processes to provide specific styles of beverage. Black tea is allowed to ferment, meaning oxidized, or exposed to oxygen, before being dried, which makes it black and stronger in taste; oolong is only semifermented; green tea is unfermented and minimally processed- the leaves are steamed, rolled, and dried. White tea is also unfermented but its leaves are harvested early, taken from the still-unopened buds on the bush, steamed, and dried.

Until the 19th century, most tea was grown in China and exported to Great Britain. As trade with China became more difficult, the British began to look for other areas to cultivate tea. They managed to begin cultivation by smuggling Camellia sinensis plants out of China to regions of India (Assam and Darjeeling) and Africa (Kenya and Rooibos), areas which remain some of the largest producers of tea to this day.


Tea contains flavonoids– naturally occurring compounds that are believed to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals in the human body.  Scientists believe that over time free radicals damage genetic material and lipids, contributing to chronic disease.

Recent research has explored the potential health attributes of tea through studies in humans and animals, and through in vitro laboratory research. For the most part, studies conducted on Green and Black Tea, which are both from the Camellia sinensis plant, have yielded similar results. Recent research suggests that tea and tea flavonoids may play important roles in various areas of health and may operate through a number of different mechanisms still being explored. Recent findings include:


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