All tea originates from a number of varieties of the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is the product of the leaves and leaf-buds, processed using a number of methods; combined with boiling or hot water; to give a refreshing and aromatic beverage. Tea originates from the Sinensis Sinensis variety from China, and the Sinensis Assamica from India. It was first introduced into Europe in the 16th century by the Portugese and into Britain in the 17th century by the wife of King Charles II.
The term’tea’ is often used in reference to infusions made by other plants, herbs and fruits; but true ‘tea’ refers only to the product of Camellia Sinensis.
Research has associated tea with a number of potential health benefits, including prevention of cancer, dementia and cardiovascular diseases, but the complex nature of tea has made it difficult to quantify and isolate the true benefits. What is certain is that tea is now the most widely consumed beverage in the world, popular for its refreshing taste and for its ability to of impart a sense of well being.