Teas According to the Chinese Horoscope
There is a legend surrounding the discovery of tea: one day, the mythical emperor Shennung was boiling water, and suddenly some tea leaves fell into the pot. It had a pleasant smell, so he decided to taste it, only to experience a great taste and a fresh feeling. The emperor was amazed by the discovery and named the miraculous beverage tea.
Even though this is only a legend, we can surely say that the Chinese were regularly drinking tea as early as 900 B.C., while in Europe, the first shipment of tea arrived on a Dutch merchant ship as late as 1610. It was very expensive until the second half of the 18th century when the price started to fall, and tea drinking spread among the general public.
It is noteworthy that all exported tea was originally green, but the long journey significantly lowered the quality and taste, so the Chinese came up with the process of fermenta-tion, thus creating black tea with amuch longer expiration date (and also more caffeine and a stronger aroma).
The two biggest European tea powers were Portugal and Holland, followed closely by England when English King Charles II ruled. He married Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza (a big tea lover) in 1660. Thanks to her, not only the king himself but the whole country fell in love with this beverage. To this day, the British and the Irish are still considered some of the most enthusiastic tea drinkers in the world.But as its health benefits become better known, tea consumption in the U.S. is on the rise.
What people in the East knew thousands of years ago is nowadays confirmed repeatedly by science. Thanks to its high catechin, mineral, and antioxidant content, green tea has prophylactic effects against tumorous activity and Alzheimer‘s disease and Parkinson‘s disease. It helps treat cardiovascular diseases, wounds, and osteoporosis. Tea works great against bad cholesterol as well as an upset stomach—and these are only a handful of the medical properties of green tea. Black tea and other types have their own unique healing effects.
Chinese astrology assigns different teas to individual signs of the zodiac in the traditional Chinese horoscope. According to one legend, Buddha invited all animals in his kingdom on Chinese New Year’s Day, but — for unknown reasons — only twelve arrived. First there appeared the rat, then the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Buddha was thankful that at least these animals arrived and decided to name the years after them. It is assumed people born in the year of this or that animal will inherit some of its characteristics. Although we can hardly find all the characteristics of a given animal in every man, the occurring similarities are sometimes fascinating.