Tea is often thought of as being a quintessentially British drink, and we have been drinking it here for over 350 years. But in fact the history of tea goes much further back.
The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree with his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.
Tea was then thought to have been introduced to Britain in the mid 1600’s and it was in 1664 that King Charles II married a Portuguese princess who was a renowned tea addict. Tea then became the most fashionable beverage amongst the wealthy classes. The British took to tea with an enthusiasm that continues to the present day. High tea taxes in the 17th & 18th centuries led to the famous smuggling industry and also extra ‘flavours’ like sheep’s dung being added!
Still, the British persevered and we are very definitely a nation of tea lovers. So we thought we’d share a bit more about some of the new tea ranges we’ve just started stocking here at Green Tulip.
Our new Brew Tea is quite simply the tastiest tea we have ever tasted. With whole rolled leaves and all natural ingredients not only is it delicious, but you’ll also find no dusty detritus in the bottom of the box!
Each of the Brew Teas also has associated health benefits – so as well as being refreshing and reviving it is also good for you. Here are some of the positive side effects:
- English Breakfast– contains antioxidants linked to heart health, bone strength, healthy immune system and many more benefits.
- Green tea– is also loaded with antioxidants and nutrients and has been linked to maintaining a healthy weight.
- Earl Grey– contains fragrant bergamot, linked to helping to relieve anxiety and stress.
- Moroccan Mint– can improve digestion, reduce pain, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aid in weight loss and boost the immune system! Wow!
- Chai Tea – is a powerful blend of tea, herbs and spices, it has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind.
- Fruit Punch – with hibiscus, rosehip, apple, blueberry, lemongrass & orange peel this tea is naturally sweet and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
- Lemon & Ginger – sweet and spicy, this tea has high levels of vitamin C and magnesium for a healthy immune system.
- Decaffeinated Tea – Naturally decaffeinated with CO2 and full of antioxidants without the caffeine, this tea is just as tasty and refreshingly good for you!
Tea on the go
Of course most of us drink a lot of tea at home, but don’t we also want to be able to take it out and about with us (and not have to buy an overpriced cuppa!). Our Qwetch insulated tea flasks come in stainless steel and in glass and include two independent filters which are used for different types of infusion:
- Long filter basket for short infusion – Fill basket with tea leaves, fit into neck of flask and pour hot water over to infuse. Remove before drinking.
- Short filter for long-lasting infusion – Fill flask with a few tea leaves, herbs or fruit pieces, place the small filter on top and then add hot or cold water.
Fruit Infused Water
If you are finding it too hot for tea (is it ever too hot for tea!?) fruit infused waters are flavour-packed drinks rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. They are a much healthier alternative to store-bought fruit drinks, energy drinks and sodas, and much more appealing than plain water. They can help to combat illness like colds, diabetes and heart disease. Their antioxidants help combat ageing, boost your metabolism, aid digestion, satisfy a sweet tooth and re-hydrate you! Just to name a few of their benefits! Try these refreshing combinations:
- Strawberry Mint Water
- 6 – 8 sliced strawberries
- 1 cup of mint leaves
- Cold filtered water
- Cucumber Lemon Water
- 1/2 Lemon thinly sliced
- 1/4 Cucumber thinly sliced
- Cold filtered water
Just mix all the ingredients in a jug or pitcher and they are ready to drink. Our Qwetch insulated flasks are perfect for taking these refreshing drinks out and about – and look very pretty too!
If you want to know more about which tea is good for which mood or condition and more fruit infused waters to try, our Pinterest board is packed with recipes and ideas.
So now we know how to beat the blues, keep healthy and hydrated- let’s put the kettle on! #Timefortea #HappyBlues 🍵☕️