History of Tea : Byron Bay Tea Company
 
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History of Tea
The humble cup of tea is something that has been enjoyed across cultures for many years. In China, tea (including green, white and Oolong) has been used as a medicine to promote health in mind and body for about 5000 years. In Japan in the fifteenth century, this medicine grew into a beverage. Tea developed as a way of life – a path of practice in search of spiritual fulfilment. The tea ceremony or Chanoyu was based on the notion that we can never attain inner peace without a deliberate effort to free ourselves from the cares and worries of the world. Chanoyu was a means to step beyond the daily attachments and go inward.

Tea drinking was introduced to the western world in the early seventeenth century.  Black tea (including English Breakfast and Earl Grey) was the tea of choice and often prepared with a drop of milk or a dollop of cream and sugar to taste. The afternoon tea party with the delicate clatter of trays and saucers and the soft rustle of feminine hospitality, has played an important function in western society since then.

Another common tradition practised by cultures for thousands of years all over the world is the preparation of herbal teas. Herbal teas can be made from leaves, roots, fruits and the flowers of plants and are prepared by infusing these parts of the plants in boiling water to extract the active constituents. They have been used as a form of medicine to treat a range of ailments, such as headaches, nausea, fever, pain, coughs, colds and many other conditions. The knowledge of the healing properties of plants has been passed down through the generations and in more recent years is being incorporated into the Western way of life, alongside these traditional teas such as English Breakfast and Earl grey tea.

Tea drinking in Australia today involves the consumption of such a wide variety of teas, including black, green, white, oolong and many different herbal teas. For some, it is a daily ritual and for others, it is consumed on social occasions or as a medicine for its healing benefits.

Byron Bay Tea Company (BBTC) was founded in 2004 to turn the cultural tradition of tea drinking into a modern day practice for all to enjoy. The range has been inspired by the magic of Byron Bay- a natural health hot spot situated at the eastern most point of Australia. It has been a healing centre for the Bundjulung Arakwal Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The Minjungbal name for Byron Bay was “Cavanba”, meaning meeting place. The Cape itself was known as “Walgun”, meaning the shoulder, which was a place for ceremony and spiritual inspiration and remains a part of many dreamtime stories. To this day, Byron Bay is still well recognised as a place of rest and relaxation, a place to revitalise the body, mind and soul.

Byron Bay Tea Company (BBTC) has strived to encapsulate the essence of Byron’s magic in it’s range of unique and flavoursome herbal infusions that may assist in
reaching one’s optimum level of health and vitality. Complementing these exquisite herbal teas is a selection of the finest teas from around the world. So, sit back, relax and absorb the spirit of Byron Bay from your teacup.