The most widely accepted story is that Green Tea was discovered entirely by accident.
Chinese Emperor Shennong, known as a sage, scientists, and herbalist, was traveling the countryside with his caravan in 2737 B.C.
The caravan stopped for a rest among a grove of camellia trees and the servants began to boil water (which Shennong knew was good for fighting disease). During the process, a few leaves from the camellia tree fell into the pot.
The Emperor drank the water and found the beverage so refreshing and invigorating that he ordered the drink to be prepared for him regularly from now on. Thus, green tea was born.
For centuries, green tea was only known to the highest tiers of Chinese society, but one book written around 700 A.D changed everything.
As a young boy, Lu Yu was adopted by a Buddhist monk. His primary responsibilities growing up were to procure, brew, and serve tea. When he grew older, he set out to learn everything there was to know about the beverage.
He composed a groundbreaking book titled “Cha Jing,” also known as “The Classic of Tea.” He included information on a variety of teas, brewing techniques, and traditions. His writings were filled with a spiritual aesthetic reflecting the Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian religious ideologies of the time.
More importantly, he centered his teachings around a traditional tea ceremony, the very same which is still practiced around the world today.
Cha Jing is the earliest written record of tea in human history and it is considered to be largely responsible for the worldly expansion of popular beverage.
Today we know that green tea is associated with an abundance of health benefits.
We put together an E-Book of 7 Science-Based Health Benefits of Green tea to encourage everyone to partake in the millennia-old tradition.