Excerpt from the book by Kayros O’Hara: “Secrets of Longevity and Mysteries of Immortality”:
…Green Tea is a real symbol of Japan. The tea ceremony is a philosophical invitation to achieving a state of Zen. For the Japanese, this ritual is sacred; that is why people call Japan the ‘Land of Tea-Houses’. A monk by the name of Eisai, who brought Chinese tea to Japan in the twelfth century, wrote, “Tea is the secret of longevity. On the hillsides it spreads its leaves, as if opening the soul of the earth”. Soon, the Japanese nobility began to arrange tastings where one could try hundreds of varieties of this drink.
By its antioxidant abilities, a cup of tea is equivalent to a serving of vegetables. Green tea also has the ability to reduce the amount of sugar and cholesterol in blood; it prolongs life and helps the heart muscle. Japanese doctors have come to these scientific findings, after the eleven years’ survey of more than forty thousand men and women. The healing effect of green tea is associated with polyphenols — vegetable substances acting as antioxidants. Scientists recommend drinking about five cups of fresh tea a day — within an hour after brewing it.
If we consider the benefits of tea, it is right to remember about herbal teas — natural medicinal drinks.
‘Tea of Youth’
In ancient Egypt, this plant was considered a priceless ‘Life Savior’; the Egyptians valued its restorative and rejuvenating properties, including the ability to fight infections. European druids believed that sage could even resurrect the dead to life. There is an ancient saying: “Sage supports and enlivens all that once was conceived”. Modern scientific studies have confirmed that it has a beneficial influence on sex hormones and thereby contributes to the conception. For many centuries, sage was one of the most important components of various medical mixtures. Sage was highly valued for its healing properties; and it was considered almost a panacea for all ills.
In ancient Greece, people highly valued medicinal properties of sage — so that they called it the ‘herb of immortality’. Greek poets often mentioned it in their poetry and loved to brew a special ‘Greek’ tea from the leaves of this plant. Hippocrates called sage ‘a sacred grass’. References to these and other unique properties of sage may be found in many old books on folk medicine. In particular, an ancient Gallic adage says, “He, who grows sage, keeps the doctor away”. In the famous medieval treatise ‘Code of Health of Salerno’, there is a maxim: “Sage the nerves and spirit strengthens”. In the Middle Ages, all recipes of ‘elixirs of life’ included sage, which was granted a rejuvenating effect. The name of this wonderful, fragrant plant comes from the Latin word ‘salvare’ — to be healthy.
Sage helps to eliminate toxins, restores power and vitally important functions of the body after a long illness, strengthens the immune system and speeds up the winning over infection. Therefore, whilst brewing tea (especially green), you need to add a pinch or two of sage into the pot — the herb will gladly share its healing power with you. As shown by modern research, sage successfully helps to cope with nervous tension, relieve stress and overcome depression, get rid of fear, and improve memory. For older people, it gently stimulates the nervous system, improves memory, balances emotions, enhances mental and physical performance, adaptive capacity, restores body energy; it positively effects on the cardiovascular system, tones up the heart, normalizes blood pressure in susceptibility to hypotension.
More about herbal tea and healing nutrition in the book by Kayros O’Hara: “Secrets of Longevity and Mysteries of Immortality” is available here.