TEA: FAR MORE THAN JUST A DRINK
It is said that Chinese emperor Sheng-Tun, back in 2,737 (B.C), used to drink hot water to take care of his health. One day, he was walking through his garden and sat down under a tree. Some leaves fell into his steaming hot drink. The lord tasted that brown drink, with a penetrating smell, and found it invigorating and nice. He had discovered tea.
The legend could be true or not, but tea is presently one of the most widespread infusions on the planet, with a thousand-year-old history, as a refreshing and invigorating drink or an useful beverage to treat an array of stomach and nervous disorders. It has even been part of religious believes, triggered wars or originated ceremonies, like those practiced in such distant places as England, Russia or Japan.