TEA


TEA: “World’s Most Popular Healer”

Asthma, Colds, Congestion, Diarrhea, Radiation, Tooth Decay

Also Known As: Black Tea AND Green Tea

HISTORY:

For at least 3,000 years, tea has been used in Chinese medicine. It was first brought to Holland by the Dutch East India Company in 1610. By the year 1640, black tea was very popular with the English upper class. At tea time, which is 4 o’clock, they drank it as an afternoon stimulant.

In North America and Europe, tea has always been a stimulating beverage. Ironically few consider tea as being an herb. You’ve heard the saying, “Would you like coffee, tea or herbal tea?” Of course, tea and coffee are in fact herbs.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Boil water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of water. Steeping time is 10 to 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily. For children under the age of 2, weak preparations may be given.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Tea is cultivated primarily in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. It is not a garden herb in North America. Leaves are processed into green and black (pekoe) tea. Green tea is the dried leaf and black tea is dried and fermented.

SAFETY:

One cup of tea has half as much caffeine as a cup of brewed coffee. The British add milk to neutralize any amount of tannins, which is a cancer causing agent. You might what to do as the British do and take your tea with a bit of milk.