First New Year's Resolution: More Tea My Dear!
With the New Year here, let's learn to appreciate the nuances of good quality tea or herbal tisanes and use tea time to unwind, relax and be in the present. This month's newsletter will provide a brief history of tea and a glimpse into MIZU's own, small batch, artisanal specialty herbal blends.
According to ancient legend, the history of tea dates back to 2737 B.C. in China, where Emperor Shen Nung made an accidental discovery. He had been boiling water in his garden to drink when leaves from a nearby Camellia sinensis tree, now know for green and black tea, fell into the pot. Emperor Shen Nung, being an herbalist, decided to try the infused water. Finding that he enjoyed the flavor and felt refreshed by the brew, he decided to experiment further by trying various leaves and herbs steeped in boiling water, and eventually discovered several that had medicinal properties1.
At first, tea was primarily drunk for medicinal purposes. However, during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), the consumption of tea became widespread. It was during this period that tea became known as the national drink of China1. During the Sung dynasty (960-1280 AD.), Chinese tea culture began to impact other countries as well. A Japanese Buddhist monk, Saicho, became exposed to tea while studying in China. He brought the practice of growing tea plants back to his monastery in Japan, and soon after, other monks began to do the same3.
Drs Hannah and Mahyar Badrei at the Kozan-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan in 2013. This zen temple (UNESCO World Heritage site) was established in the 8th century and contains the oldest tea field in Japan.
Tea travelled farther, once the British East India Company began to import the exotic goods from abroad and gained interest in America with Dutch settlers in the 1600's.
Since the times of colonization, improvements have been made in the ways that we drink and serve tea. The invention of iced tea and tea bags in America in the early 20th century allowed for increased approval and profitability of the popular drink. Not only this, but the continuation of research into the health benefits of drinking tea has caused its consumption to surge. Tea has been found to contain compounds known as catechins and epicatechins, which belong to a group of chemicals called flavonoids2. These compounds are thought to provide tea’s medicinal benefits, including suppressing inflammation, reducing plaque buildup in the vascular system, and improving vascular reactivity2. There is also evidence that consuming green or black tea may lower LDL cholesterol levels in the body.
The rich history of tea is a fascinating story that spans many countries and cultures and is infused with stories that have influenced religion and politics.
1. "Artisan Crafted Teas: A History of Tea." Mighty Leaf Tea. N.p., n.d. Web.
2. Publications, Harvard Health. "Brewing Evidence for Tea's Heart Benefits." Harvard Health. N.p., July 2015. Web.
3. "Tea - A Brief History of the Nation's Favourite Beverage." UK Tea & Infusions Association - Tea - A Brief History of the Nation's Favourite Beverage. UK Tea & Infusions Association, n.d. Web.
MIZU SPECIALTY TEA BLENDS
At MIZU, we work tirelessly to develop unique, small batch, artisanal herbal teas with a purpose. Drs. Badrei partnered with an American master tea blender to create six proprietary herbal teas, which were all formulated based on clinical research to be palatable with optimal health benefits. The couple’s love of tea culture and history is evident in their thoughtful blend of specialty teas. MIZU is proud to present six fantastic blends of tea, each unique to suit your needs.
ENERGY - TEA BLEND No 102
The Energy Tea Blend contains Eleuthero Root (AKA. Siberian Ginseng), Fresh Spearmint, and Orange Rooibos. While being caffeine free, this tea can serve as your afternoon pick-me-up, as it combines fine botanicals and herbals known to promote mental and physical performance while improving concentration.
SERENITY - TEA BLEND No 222
The Serenity Tea Blend is the perfect tea to help you relax at night, or even throughout the day. This blend combines fine botanicals and herbals known to promote relaxation and sleep, including chamomile, spearmint, lemon myrtle, and lavender. Caffeine free.
DIGESTION - TEA BLEND No 403
The Digestion Tea Blend is a great cup to sip when you want to promote healthy digestion and reduce bloating. This tea contains a simple blend of peppermint, licorice and sage - all known to help digestion.
WELLNESS - TEA BLEND No 502
The Wellness Tea Blend is a great blend to have around for overall general health and wellness. This blend contains ginger, chamomile, eleuthero root, Licorice, mint leaves, and lemon grass. This caffeine free blend is good for your everyday brew.
DETOX - TEA BLEND No 326
The Detox Tea Blend is perfect for when you need a little cleansing. This tea helps boost metabolism and promotes healthy digestion. This blend combines Zhen Mei green tea, cinnamon, chickweed, stevia leaf, yerba mate, eleuthero root, pureh, and fennel. This blend is one of our sweeter teas and is also our only caffeinated blend.
IMMUNITY - TEA BLEND No 533
Last, but certainly not least is a MIZU favorite - The Immunity Blend. This blend combines fine botanicals and herbals known to promote immune system modulation and possess anti-inflammatory properties. Containing echinacea, lemon grass, cinnamon, ginger, licorice, and lemon myrtle, this caffeine free blend has a great flavor profile and is packed full of good-for-you botanicals.
Come stop by MIZU or visit our E-Store to pick up some of these great tea and herbal blends! We hope you enjoy making our teas a part of your daily routine.
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