Tea, it is believed, has been known in China since about 2700 BCE. Initially, a medicinal drink obtained by boiling fresh leaves in water, but around the 3rd century it became a daily drink, and tea cultivation and processing began. Yet as much as it may well be a favourite elixir for many a Brit it has far more to offer than just a drink, find out more Here in Freshen Your tea.
The first published account of methods of planting, processing, and drinking came in 350. Around 800 the first seeds were brought to Japan, where cultivation became established by the 13th century. The Chinese brought tea cultivation to the island of Formosa (Taiwan) in 1810. Tea cultivation in Java began under the Dutch, who brought seeds from Japan in 1826 and seeds, workers, and implements from China in 1833.
In 1824 tea plants were discovered in the hills along the frontier between Burma and the Indian state of Assam. The British introduced tea culture into India in 1836 and into Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1867. At first, they used seeds from China, but later seeds from the Assam plant were used.
There’s way more to do with tea than just sitting around drinking and dunking a biscuit. From exotic beverages to culinary creations, and skincare to gardening, the sky’s the limit when it comes to using and enjoying tea.
As an Exfoliant literally add some loose-leaf tea to a mild body wash and create your own scrub. The rough leaves will remove dead skin and the antioxidants will revitalize.
Or what about a Floor Refresher? dip a rag in steeped tea and rub it on your hardwood floors. This will add shine and a slight tint of colour to revitalize your floor. (always test a bit first)
The idea of Smoke meats curated in tea may sound odd but apparently, it is easy. Line a flameproof roasting tin with a sheet of foil and top it with tea leaves, rice and sugar. Drizzle with cooking oil. Lightly cover the tin with a perforated sheet of foil. Place inside a hot oven till the leaves begin to smoke. This technique gives the meat a soft, smoky flavour.
Deodorize your fridge with the bags, just adds tea bags to your fridge to soak up any rotten smells. The tea will absorb the odour-just like baking soda, and far better than strong bleach
Many keen gardeners know it’s brilliant to add to Compost. Simply throw your old tea leaves & bags into the compost. Tea helps speed up the process. Just be sure that the bags are biodegradable before you throw them in.
And finally what about Cleaning windows? Black tea doesn’t only help us shine in the morning, it can make windows shine too! Use about 3 grams of new or 10 grams of used black tea leaves per litre of water. Steep for 20 minutes and let it cool down to room temperature. Soak the cleaning cloth, drain the excess tea and clean the windows.
Tea has of course in many forms been used for healthcare and beauty. the skincare brand Fresh is known for ancient rituals, and modern science creates products that transform and have long known about the power of Black Tea.
Black tea’s high level of antioxidants powers their Black Tea Collection. From facial moisturizers and facial masks to eye cream and eye serum, each product is proven to deliver firmer, smoother, and softer skin while also improving radiance.
Their newest piece of magic to their collection is NEW fresh Tea Elixir Resilience Activating Serum.
This breakthrough serum has been innovated by extracting the power of an adaptive tea plant from the island of Mauritius and works to boost skin’s resilience and resistance to life stressors that can lead to signs of ageing. Tea has always been at the forefront of fresh’s key product ingredients thanks to its impressive and long list of benefits, Founder, Lev Glazman explains the serum explores just this, captivating the Mauritius tea plant’s resilient properties and translating them into a serum that provides skin with a plumper, glowier and bouncier look and feel.
Features patent Adaptive Phytocompound Tea (APT) Technology an exclusive ingredient patent by fresh created using the Mauritius tea plant that works to increase the skin’s bioenergetic systems and delivers antioxidant protection.
It contains Niacinamide which helps refine the look of pores, minimise uneven skin tone, and restore radiance to the skin. 5kDA hyaluronic acid works to deeply hydrate, working faster and penetrating deeper thanks to its low molecular weight, improving the look and feel of dry skin.
As it is both gentle and strong it can be used daily, morning and night as part of a treatment routine as the last step. Place six drops into the palm of your hand and press into the skin to activate.
Its key objective is to boost skin’s visible resilience to daily life stress and give a smoother texture, visible glow, restored bounce, and reduced look of wrinkles.
Because resilient skin is skin that functions at its full potential. We know better working bioenergetic systems to fight everyday life stressors (lack of sleep, stress, and poor diet) leading to signs of ageing. So this level of self-care is one of the most important steps we can take
After all, this miracle elixir that is tea has been around for centuries initially being used for health so we have come full circle now.