Eating well, a Small History of Tea and a Funny Selfie

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  1. In 2737 BC, Shen Nung (2838-2698 BC) emperor of China, herbalist and scientist discovered tea when leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis accidentally blew into his cup of hot water. Emperor Shen Nong, was revered for his knowledge of agriculture and medicine, and he mandated, that his subjects boil their water before drinking it, to prevent the spread of virulent diseases in his provinces. One day a light wind deposited several tea leaves into his cup of boiling water. The aroma enticed Shen Nong to sample the contents, and at once he found the flavor to his liking and his body felt rejuvenated. Camellia sinensis was native throughout ancient China and southeast Asia. Shen Nong described wild tea growing on the hills of Ichow and how to harvest and dry it on the third day of the third month. He tested hundreds of plants for therapeutic value and he would use tea as an antidote for any poisonous side effects. Shen Nong believed the medicinal benefits of tea included curing abscesses around the head, helping bladder and lung infections, quenching thirst, lessening the desire for sleep, and cheering the heart.

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