The Origin of Tea Posted on 3 Oct 20:43 , 0 comments
The birthplace of tea is thought to be China, and originally it was used as a remedy and antidote. The expression "Ocha wo ippuku'' or "a dose of tea'' is said to have its origin in this as well.
The father of herbal medicine, Shen Nong, who according to the legend is credited for having created the base for today's Chinese medicine is said to have wandered through fields and mountains in search of beneficial herbs.
As he was trying to discern whether different types of herbs and leaves were good to consume for humans or not, he got poisoned as many as 72 times a day but when that happened, he always used tea leaves as an antidote.
This story is of great importance for the understanding of the world of tea.