Tea is not just about a calming delicious cup of goodness it has been used over thousands of years for medicinal, healing and calming purposes. On this page I will share with you many different types of tea and how you can cultivate their thousands of years worth of benefits to your own needs for better health and wellbeing.
“Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.”Â Sentence from the book Kissa Yoyoki, (How to stay healthy by drinking tea)Â by zen priest Eisai.
Introduced across the world by China, tea is made from plants and have a profound amount of benefits and uses.Â A trend that can be seen across cultures is the use of tea for meditative purposes.
Tea history in Japan
During the Kamakura period and 12th century Zen Buddhism traditions were spreading across Japan in the early ages of the 12th century with tea and its benefits for health growing with recognition.
In the Edo period the Tokugawa shogunate was the most powerful and longest running government of Japan. This war class saw that Japan was isolated from the rest of the world, and Japan was conquered throughout.
With little need for fighting the samurai explored the arts, and in particular the tea ceremony, learning to train not just the body but to calm and strengthen the mind.
Drinking green tea at it’s most potent being matcha was what was used during these long ceremonies of tea drinking and meditation and it is still used and taught to this day.