TEA: FAR MO­RE THAN JUST A DRINK

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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.

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