The History of Tea

History. types. benefits.

A quick History

Tea is among the world’s oldest and most revered beverages. Since tea was first discovered in China, it has traveled the world conquering the thirsts of virtually every country on the planet. It is today’s most popular beverage as well as one of the healthiest in the world, next to water. Tea contains high levels of antioxidants, some of which are called polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins, and all of which take on the “free radicals” in the body and prevent them from harming the healthy cells on board. Studies that support the health benefits of tea drinking keep filling the headlines. There’s simply no denying that a daily dose of tea does the body good.

Health Benefits

Black Tea:

  • Aids in lowering cholesterol
  • May help regulate blood sugar
  • Gently stimulates the heart and circulatory system
  • Promotes healthy teeth, skin, and bones
  • 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee

Green Tea:

  • Has antioxidants
  • Helps boost the immune system
  • Soothes the stomach and digestive system
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • 5-10% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee

White Tea:

  • Has a high amount of antioxidants
  • May reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Excellent for skin and complexion
  • About 5% – 1% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee

Rooibos Tea:

  • High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  • May help control allergies and fight colds
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Naturally caffeine-free

Herbal Tea:

  • Natural source of antioxidants and vitamins, particularly Vitamin C
    Naturally caffeine-free
    Refreshing and delicious

More Information

Black Tea

Tea drinking also increases the amount of flavonoids in the blood. These are antioxidants which are like those found in fruits and vegetables.

The high levels of antioxidants in black tea have been found to not only improve artery function but also to lower the rates of cancers. They have the ability to stop the oxidation which causes damage to DNA and turns normal cells into cancer cells.

Tea can also help prevent tooth decay. It contains fluoride and works better than the antibiotic tetracycline. It fights bacteria in the mouth that causes gum disease and cavity causing bacteria.

Green Tea

For many generations in India, China and Japan, green tea has been regarded to contain health-promoting components. Much research has been made on the health effects of green tea and its prevention of and stopping the progressing of a variety of illnesses. Only 20% of the tea consumed worldwide is green tea. The remainder is black, yet many polyphenols in green tea contain more antioxidant activity than the well-known Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The antioxidants found in green tea may prevent and reduce severe cases of arthritis and cancers. Green Tea May Prevent Oral Cancer.
Green tea contains EGCG which is a natural obstructer of TNF – (a gene expression which encourages cancer cells to develop in surrounding tissue). EGCG has been proven to kill cultured cancer cells without causing harm to surrounding healthy cells. Green tea could be beneficial not only for the prevention of cancer but also in the therapy and prevention of other diseases.

Rooibos Tea

Pronounced “roy-boss” and means “red bush” in Afrikaans. Studies have shown this tea is comparable to green tea in the amounts of polyphenols it contains. It shows anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity.
Rooibos is totally pure and natural. It contains no colorants or preservatives.
Rooibos helps delay the aging process! The aging of our bodies is caused by toxic compounds called free radicals which are produced as a by-product of normal cell function. These free radicals attack our healthy cells. Over our lifetime this damage contributes to aging and our immune system weakens.
Rooibos helps to relieve stomach ulcers, nausea, constipation, and heartburn.
Have a cup of Rooibos before you get ready for bed to ensure a good night’s sleep! Rooibos has been found to help with insomnia, disturbed sleeping patterns and headaches. It contains no caffeine and has a relaxing effect on the central nervous system.
Rooibos helps to give you strong bones and teeth because of its calcium, manganese and fluoride content.
Rooibos helps pacify infants with colic, stomach cramps and sleeping problems. Simply mix some Rooibos tea with expressed breast milk or formula. It is 100% natural with no colorants or preservatives.
Rooibos contains alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc for healthy, smooth skin. This wonder tea is especially useful when applied to skin irritations like itchy skin, eczema, sunburns, diaper rash and acne.
Put used Rooibos tea bags in the refrigerator or freezer. After a hard day’s work, put on tired or red eyes to soothe and relax.
Rooibos contains magnesium which is necessary for a healthy nervous system.
Rooibos increases the absorption of iron in the body.
Rooibos contains potassium and copper minerals that are necessary for several metabolic functions.
Rooibos is often prescribed for nervous tension and mild depression as it makes a relaxing sedative.
Rooibos contains no oxalic acid and can therefore be enjoyed by persons suffering from kidney stones.
Rooibos helps to control your appetite thus can be beneficial in weight loss.
Rooibos helps you recoup after a hangover.
Rooibos makes a great thirst-quencher and sport drink. Because of its mineral content of iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and sodium, it restores the body’s equilibrium after strenuous exercise.
For centuries Rooibos (ROY-BOSS) tea has assisted in healing aliments of all kinds. Compiled here are the benefits of drinking Rooibos tea, also known as Red Tea, one of the healthiest teas in the world.
Ok, so where should we start? Let’s start from top to bottom covering the benefits of Rooibos from head to toe!
Head: Rooibos fights against allergy and sinus infections. Rooibos also helps prevent headaches, insomnia and irritability.
Inner Body: Compounds in Rooibos strengthen immune systems to fight viral infections such as HIV. Flavonoids found in Rooibos assists in anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Rooibos also relieves nervous tension, stomach cramps and digestive problems.
Outer Body: Rooibos has many anti-aging antioxidants and assists in destroying free radicals that attack and damage healthy cells. Rooibos also fights asthma and eczema, helps treat skin disorders and circulatory disorders (which I feel is important, especially for your legs and feet!). One more bonus, it strengthens teeth and bones too.
If the above information does not convince you to drink Rooibos daily, then read on.
Rooibos contains no preservatives, and is naturally caffeine-free and dye-free! It is completely natural and super healthy anyway you drink it.
Vitamins & Nutrients
Here is a wonderful list of nutrients found in Rooibos: calcium, potassium, magnesium (helps nervous system), zinc, fluoride, iron, copper, alpha-hydroxy (healthy skin). Where did it come from?

The inhabitants of South Africa have used this tea for its many positive attributes. The leaves and stems from the Rooibos bush are harvested and processed near a small town in South Africa. Locals have been using and drinking Rooibos for many centuries.

How to drink Rooibos 

However you would like. There are many ways to drink Rooibos tea, hot or iced, with lemon, mint or honey.

White Tea

Tea has been used as medicine for centuries. Now modern science is discovering what people in China and throughout the world have long known: tea is good for you. While green and black teas are very healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels. It may be the supreme Drink of Health.
White Tea Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients that protect the body from damage by free radicals. Free radicals are nasty things that go around wreaking havoc on your body, damaging DNA and accelerating aging. Antioxidants scoop them up and neutralize them. White tea is loaded with these protective nutrients.
White tea may have profound power against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer, such as colon, prostate, and stomach cancers. Flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones. In some cases, white tea has been found to work as well as prescription drugs, but without the side effects.
Lower Blood Pressure
Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function. It helps lower high blood pressure and maintain a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke.
Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and white tea is teeming with them. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and white tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow.
By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack. White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic.
Stronger Bones
Studies have found that people who drank tea regularly had greater bone density and strength than non-drinkers. White tea may also have beneficial effects for sufferers of arthritis and osteoporosis.
Antibacterial & Antiviral
White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases. It helps guard against the common cold and flu, and can ease the symptoms of HIV.
Healthy Teeth and Gums
White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keeps the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which causes plaque, tooth decay and bad breath.
Free radicals from staying out in the sun too long, stress, and a poor diet can damage the skin and cause it to prematurely age. By scavenging these free radicals, white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage. Drinking white tea promotes healthy and radiant skin.
White tea has many other benefits to offer. It may reduce blood sugar and help prevent and alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. It reduces stress and increases energy.
White tea may or may not aid in weight-loss. Studies suggest tea may increase metabolism and encourage the body to burn more fat, but a balanced diet and regular exercise are more likely to produce results. Still, adding white tea to your weight-loss plan can’t hurt.