Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Tea plant
Common name:

Tea plant

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Hebrew name:

תה קמליה סינית

Scientific name:

camellia sinensis



Arabic name:

نبتة الشاي שאי

1-1.20 m
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Most of the tea gardens in the world are located in the tropical and subtropical areas
The camellia tea plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree from the Theaceae family. The origin of the plant is located in the tropical and subtropical areas, in altitudes ranging from 600 to 1800 m. with rainfall of 2000 mm. per year. From the camellia tea plant people prepare almost all the popular teas in the world.
The Chinese claim that the origin of the camellia plant is from their country, and that they have been started drinking tea more than 4000 years ago. Tea is the second most common beverage in the world (the first is water). Tea drinking is a culture and social ceremony. In the 18th century Dutch traders brought the Tea to Europe from the Far East.  In Europe the tea became a beverage of the high society and a symbol of status. Tea drinking is mostly popular in Ireland and afterwards in England, in the Arabs countries, in India and China.
Chinese culture and medicine consider the tea plant as having many medicinal qualities, like: a good influence on fatigue, headaches and general aches;  drinking tea can even reduce the risk of stomach cancer, inflammation and heart disease.
Tea brew: pour hot water on a full spoon of black tealeaves until the glass is half full. Let the tea cool at least for 10 minutes.
For eye infections and inflammations: dip a piece of cloth in the tea brew and put it on the eyes. You can also use tea bag; you dip it in boiling water, let it cool slightly and place the bag on the eye.
For skin wounds, burns and bites you wash the injured place wit the tea brew.
For diarrhea you can drink one or more spoons from the tea brew.