The ancient standard for good tea was that the first grade tea grew in gaps between rocks and was taken care of by heaven. The second grade tea grew on soil-covered rocks and was also taken care of by heaven. The third and lower grades of tea were cultivated.
Afterwards, the girl went home and tried to make a glass of lemon tea. She quietly observed those lemon slices in the glass and patiently waited for a best result. She saw the lemon slices breathing and expanding in the clear water. She was touched, because she could feel the soul of the lemon being expanded and released.
The Chinese people stress following the Doctrine of the Mean. To follow the Doctrine of the Mean does not mean to reconcile differences at the expense of sacrificing one’s principles or “mixing mud” or “bending with the wind.”
The flavor of green tea depends on the choice of the leaves used, the growing region and also the length of storage. A Chinese friend told me that I could “revive” tealeaves that have been stored too long by heating them in the oven for a while before brewing. This, when brewed, would result in a better cup of old tea.
Basil also has several health benefits. Place 3-5 fresh basil leaves into a cup, pour in boiling water, and add sugar to taste. Basal can help to calm the stomach and reduce body heat if consumed on a hot day. It can also increase your appetite, help with digestion, and prevent colds.
Tea first became a beverage during the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. – A.D. 220), especially among scholars. Due to the increase in tea consumption at that time, tea rituals at the imperial court gradually developed. When the emperor invited scholars to a reception, he served tea as a sign of strong appreciation.