The ancient Chinese considered green tea as one of the seven ingredients essential for daily living, together with firewood, rice, cooking oil, salt, soya sauce and vinegar. Native to southern China and southeast asia, it has a long history of cultivation and consumption that is over 4,000 years old. Green tea’s popularity in China flourished during the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907) when it became a valuable commodity whose trade was regulated by the emperor.
Traditional Chinese medicine, and many other traditional Asian medicines, have long recognised the medicinal uses of green tea. In particular, green tea is widely regarded to have the most beneficial health effects amongst the many different types of tea commonly consumed around the world. (more…)