The morning ritual for many of us includes having a cup of tea. No matter whether it is green or black, with milk or without milk or in any other fancy form, but starting a day without tea is far from imagination - at least for me !!
Botanical name of this magical herb is Camellia Sinensis. Black and green tea both come from the same plant. The difference is, black tea undergoes fermenting process after the leaves are dried whereas green tea leaves are steamed after drying and are not fermented.
The origin of tea plant is in the region of northeast India and southwest China. Commercial cultivation of tea plants was started by the Chinese. Buddhist monks played a major role in spreading this beverage to other parts of the world like Japan, Korea and Sri Lanka.
Tea has got an important place in many cultures especially the Asian. Japanese and Chinese Tea Ceremonies are famous all over the world. Britishers introduced the western world to the practice of "Afternoon Tea". The term "High Tea" was tossed during industrial revolution. The Boston Tea Party triggered the American Revolution.
Health effects of tea on human beings is a controversial topic. It is said to be an effective anti-oxidant and reduces mental fatigue. It is hard to find a person who does not feel energised after having a cup of hot tea. However if consumed in excess the caffeine in tea can be harmful.
So be cautious while enjoying your cup !!!