Seventy-two images of Camellia sinensis, Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, a member of the tea family, Theaceae. Tea the beverage and tea the word originate in ancient China. Legend holds that Dharuma, a Buddhist monk who lived about the 5th century A.D. was responsible for stimulating tea drinking. During a period of deep meditation, he found that he was becoming drowsy. He grabbed his offending eyelids, cut them off and cast them aside. They landed on the leaves of a nearby bush. As it turns out, the leaves of this plant help to keep one from falling asleep. Tea was used for many hundreds, if not thousands of years before the first account of the tea plant was recorded by Lo-yu recorded in 780 A.D. Tea was brought to Europe by the Dutch in 1610, who traded it to the Chinese in exchange for Sage, Salvia officinalis. The Dutch initiated the first commercial tea trade in Europe, and by 1645 it was introduced to England. In addition to it's universal use as a beverage tea for stimulant qualities, tea is now enjoyed for its antioxidant benefits.
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