The Healing Power of Tea
by Ina Jürgens - Freelance Writer
Enjoying a cup of tea gives us a chance to be still for a moment and ignore the hustle of life. Tea calms us down, but yet energizes. It makes us cherish moments with friends and family but also in solitude, in dark hours and in happiness, in sickness and in health.
The first cup moistens my lips and throat.
The second shatters my loneliness.
The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection.
The fourth purifies my soul.
The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods.
- Chinese Mystic, Tang Dynasty
The creation of tea has very ancient roots. Around 5000 years ago, people in China started to produce tea. Until today, China is the country with the biggest tea production on earth. Anno 552, Buddhist monks started to distribute the tea from China to Japan. It was only in 1610, that tea arrived in Europe via shippings to Amsterdam and thus became a worldwide phenomenon.
For many, tea is a lifestyle. Tea lovers will always have a special connection to tea and experience it as something that creates time rather than taking it. Investing time in tea means to receive something more valuable than time: be with your inner self and find happiness.
Besides the effect on our mindfulness, tea has also many health benefits. The green and black tea leafs contain ingredients that help to prevent diseases and also support numerous medical therapies, such as Alzheimer, Parkinson, Multiple-Scleroses, cardio-vascular diseases, metabolism diseases, and even cancer. Tea includes a range of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, fluoride, nickel and carotene.
Another well-known component is caffeine, which was found to be of the same chemical composition as theine. However, the caffeine of green and black tea is differently absorbed by the body. The caffeine of tea is released in the bowel while the caffeine of coffee is released in the stomach, hence the energizing effects of the tea caffeine are weakened but last longer. This is also the reason for tea calming down and stimulating while coffee induces a feeling of excitement.
Other beneficial ingredients are theobromin which is a stimulant and may has uplifting effects on emotions as well as theophyllin which has an anti-inflammatory effect, dilation of vessels and is often used for asthma bronchial.
There is much more to tea than many of us might have expected. Should you feel the urge to deepen your knowledge and maybe even become a tea taster you can visit the ‘TeaAcademy’ in Frankfurt, Dubai or Sri Lanka founded by the renowned tea company Ronnefeldt.
And now: Have a break – have a teatime. And let’s enjoy a cup of peace.
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