It was the year 2737 BC as the story goes, and the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting underneath a tree, whilst a servant boiled drinking water for him. Some leaves were said to have blown from the tree, into the water and because it was a Camellia sinensis tree, the resulting drink was the first recorded cup of tea.
Since then, a lot has changed in the world of tea, with there now being over a supposed 3,000 varieties of the water-based beverage. For health, for flavour or for entertainment alone, the purpose of drinking tea is really open to interpretation, but there's one thing we can all be sure of: it's good for us!
Here are our 5 favourite types of tea and what we drink them in (as well as where you can score your own adorable little tea paraphernalia!)...
Green tea is delicious! A natural, earthy flavour, pretty green colour and health benefits you possibly never even knew.
Not only is green tea a hunger suppressant, it also helps your body to stop producing new fat cells, as well as flushes toxins called polyphenols and speeds the metabolism.
People drink tea lots of ways, but one of the best options is loose-leaf, diffused with a snazzy diffuser. This one's a goodie and can be bought for $16.95 from here.
This is the drink of calmness. Life can get us all twisted-up in knots and stressful, so taking some 'you' time with a nice warm cup of non-caffeinated brew can do you a world of good. It contains an amino acid called glycine that works as a mild nerve relaxant and antispasmodic. Four or five cups a day will help get your zen on. Not to mention chamomile’s antispasmodic properties also make it great for menstrual cramps and PMS.
And maybe think about investing in a really cute little tea set to aid in the unwinding process, like this one right here.
One of the best aids for digestion there is! Peppermint tea contains menthol-rich peppermint oil that calms the stomach and stimulates the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach faster, relieving that uncomfortably full feeling.
You never never have too much of this good stuff, so think about using one of these gigantic teapots like this one to make the most of it.
Ideal for when you're run-down or feeling sluggish, a bit of rosehip will help keep your immune system in check. This sweet-tasting brew is made from the berry-like fruit of the wild rose plant.
Dangle it in your favourite cup with this super cute tea leaf diffuser!
It’s a rich source of zinc and vitamin D (to promote healthy skin) and flavonoids, which treat skin complaints such as acne and eczema. Here’s a tip – the longer you steep tea, the more flavonoids you’ll get in your brew. Sipping six cups a day will give you the best results.
Go dunk-happy with this hilarious (and super cheeky!) tea bag set.