The species Camellia Sinensis is designated as Tea. Not to be confused with herbal tisanes. This plant has an inordinate amount of varying medical purposes for both internal and external therapy.
Topically tea is now well known to be great for our skin as it moisturizes, is anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory.
Internally Tea has been imbibed as both a medicinal brew and pleasurable pastime for thousands of years. Drinking excellent tea quickly changes the entire body as people are mostly water. The act of drinking can easily bring good cheer and keep spirits high.
For hundreds of years Tea has served the world over in promoting happiness, peace, and wellness. One reason being its varying concentration of L-Theanine. An amino acid unique to tea that not only reduces stress and aids relaxation but induces alpha state brain waves. Those are the happy, yet concentrated, and even inspired states of mind.
While drinking tea at ease we can facilitate the body's natural healing ability as well as enjoy the time with friends. It is in this setting of friendship and happiness that people can find peace and meaning in life.
Enjoyment is truly an art. Our modern lifestyle does not lend itself to rejuvenation on a daily basis. Tea is a pathway to daily renewal and growth, and provides a chance to find respite from taxing duties.
Deeper into the Classical Chinese tradition we have Daoist medicine. This indigenous ancient system of medicine utilizes many methods to grow the human holistically. They used herbs extensively and Tea is one of the most popular alongside others such as ginseng, ginger, and reishi mushrooms among many others.
Daoist Medicine is an extensive topic, but a basic model it uses for the whole human being is called the "Three Treasures" (san bao). They are jing, qi, and shen. Jing is essence and physical, qi is subtle and called energy while shen is the Chinese for spirit. We can use a burning candle to illustrate this model. The candle wax and wick is the physical substance or jing. The candle flame and warmth is qi energy. The illumination of the candle is spirit or shen.
Tea functions on all three levels. It is used to balance and strengthen each "treasure". Tea can be easily drunk every day and it will only serve to support and balance your whole being. In addition to those benefits puer tea is fermented, probiotic, and full of antioxidants. As a digestion aid with meals it is unsurpassed.
That being said there are certain teas that are better in certain seasons. For example drinking shou/shu "ripe" puer during the cold winter serves to warm the deep tissues and stoke the internal heat. Whereas green puer teas are very suitable for the other seasons as they cool the bowels and refresh the senses.
These are extensive topics to be studied and applied over time. My intention is to provide a brief introduction into the wonderful world of understanding tea medicinally as well as happily.
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