What is Tea?

The common factor in this site is water, hot water; you need it to make a cup of tea. If you infuse leaves, buds or twigs from the Camellia Sinensis plant in the hot water, you get tea. If you infuse herbs or fruit into the hot water, you get Herbal Tea.

Herbal Tea Is No Tea

If the ingredients of your dink do not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, also known as the tea bush, it technically is not tea. A lot of other “teas” are actually “herbal teas”, and are not using materials from the tea bush, but rather use other herbs or fruit.

A Popular Drink

Water is the only thing that keeps tea from being the most popular beverage in the world. It is no wonder, as tea:

  • … relaxes
  • … stimulates
  • … refreshes
  • … is healthy
  • … can help fight cavities
  • … can facilitate weight loss

An ancient drink, with lots of history and rituals, is certainly worth further investigation. Join me on my journey past Formosa Oolong, Dragonwell Green Tea, Lapsang Souchong, Dandelion Herbal Tea, smuggling and The Boston Tea Party.