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Dive Into History With An Ancient Book And Bigelow Tea

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There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cup of Bigelow Tea while reading a classic. And a book that is over 800 years old is definitely a classic—especially one about something as timeless as tea. Grab a mug of your favorite Bigelow flavor, settle in and learn about one of the oldest books about tea. According to the book, it is the “elixir of life,” after all…

Long ago—in 1211 to be exact—a famous Buddhist priest by the name of Eisai wrote what is known to be the oldest book on tea in Japan: Kissa Yojoki (“How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea”). Prior to writing the two-volume book, Eisai had brought tea seeds from China to Kyoto in 1191 and had given the seeds to a priest named Myoe Shopin, who made them into Uji tea.

The book begins by saying, “Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy, and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete,” and outlines the positive effects that tea has on the vital organs, particularly the heart. It praises the value of tea as a medicine in curing indigestion, quenching thirst, avoiding fatigue, working as a stimulant, undoing the effects of alcohol, and improving brain and urinary function. The book also explains the parts of the tea plant and the appropriate dosages and administration for specific ailments.

In 1214, legend holds that Eisai introduced tea to the Samurai in an effort to help Shogun Minmoto no Sanetomo curb his alcohol habit. Armed with his writings on the benefits of drinking tea, Eisai allegedly helped to wean Saneomo from imbibing alcohol to drinking tea. Following that, tea drinking became popular among the Shogun and the Samurai.

Whether you’re craving a taste of history or want to spend the evening in with a book and a mug of tea like @Glam_Butterfly, Bigelow Tea is a great way to carry on the tradition of tea-drinking that stretches back centuries and across the globe!

Image via Flickr by A Girl With Tea

Tea and its Unique Literary History

Tea, the second most popular beverage in the world, has long been a subject of interest to those who drink it. Stop in any local bookstore nowadays and you will find innumerable books on the subject.

It all began, though, with The Book of Tea. Published in 800 A.D. by Chinese scholar Lu Yu, this is said to be the first book ever written about tea. Back in a time when tea was really only a beverage for China’s elite, The Book of Tea was ground-breaking because it offered the general public a glance into the wonderfully diverse world of tea.

Although there have been many books about tea published since, The Book of Tea still remains important to avid tea drinkers. Recently, one tea drinker even created a contest for someone to win a rare copy of the book.

If you’re interested in reading up on one of your favorite beverages, check out Bigelow’s fantastic collection of books. They also make great gifts! Look at Chai – The Spice of India for an in-depth look at Chai, or Morning Food for some modern and delicious recipes!