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For centuries, herbal tea has been drunk for medicinal reasons. The beneficial properties of the combination of fruits, flowers, roots, seeds, leaves, spices and herbs have been reported for several hundred years in Asian culture. Aside from relieving symptoms, these elements are also enjoyed for their pleasant tastes which have promoted the popular consumption of it in the modern-day, internationally.
The Chinese tea culture has always been huge, from its humble beginnings up to the present. The origins of tea, according to legends, began in 2737 BC when Shen Nong, the emperor at the time, discovered tea when he boiled water in the garden and a leaf fell into his pot. A passionate scientist, and nicknamed the father of medicine, Shen Nong decided to research the leaf and encountered the medicinal properties of herbal tea. History even states that he would purposely poison himself, and use herbal tea to detoxify the poisons from his body, thus curing himself. (Not something we can believe here at Oriental Mart, but an interesting story none-the-less!).
For a time, it was used primarily for its medicinal properties, until the Chinese began to drink it every day, simply for pleasure. It was a popular element of historical Chinese culture, regarded as one of the seven daily necessities, and even today, the use of tea is regarded highly in everyday use. Tea houses can be found in many Chinese neighbourhoods, providing a number of hot and cold offerings.
In ancient Chinese culture, formal tea-tasting parties were a regular occurrence, and such importance was put on these occasions that even the drinking utensils were picked to aesthetically match the tea that was being consumed from them.
The Chinese have many sayings for the value of tea; one that demonstrates the importance of tea for the Chinese is the saying: “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.”
To celebrate our love for herbal tea, including the vita lemon tea we have in store, we will share a refreshing tea recipe with you today. This tea boasts a sweet but nutty taste, with a hint of ginger and boasts a number of health benefits, from helping to aid digestion to glowing skin! This Chinese tea also helps to flatten the tummy, keep you dehydrated and flush out bad toxins out of the body. It is a ginger and coconut herbal tea, and its ingredients are listed below if you want to try it out for yourself:
Ginger: Ginger has a number of health benefits, in addition to its great taste, which includes mental alertness. You can read more about the benefits of ginger here.
Palm Coconut: Palm Coconut is full of calcium, magnesium and potassium to help rehydrate you.
Dried Asian Pear: Pear is great for cooling the body.
Bitter Almonds: Bitter Almonds are not actually almonds, but a type of apricot that is grown for their seeds that are used in medicine. Bitter Almonds release biochemicals that are great for the lungs and intestines.
Sweet Almonds: Sweet Almonds have a great taste, and their benefits include helping to moisturise and brighten the hair and skin.
The tea will need to be slowly simmered for a long time to allow the flavours to be extracted and to get the full benefits of all the ingredients.
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