Herbal tea has been a popular beverage in many cultures for thousands of years. The Ancient Asian peoples harvested loose leaf tea and whole leaf tea from many of the native plants found on that continent, as they continue to do today. The popularity of loose leaf tea and whole leaf tea has been adopted by modern cultures throughout the world.
The plants that have traditionally been used for loose leaf tea and whole leaf tea still come from China, Japan, India, Pakistan, and other parts of Asia. Yet there are other countries that are able to produce a substantial supply of these kinds of tea, due mainly to a similarity in climate and soil. Many parts of Indonesia and South America have climates that are equally conducive to the production of high quality herbal teas.
The yerba plant of Brazil in particular is very adaptable to loose leaf tea and whole leaf tea. The tea produced from brewing the leaves of this plant is often referred to as the �beverage of the gods�, which reflects the reverence that the Asian cultures have for their tea plants. The beneficial qualities of teas used by these different cultures are associated with the natural forces that are so often personified as deities and other entities in mythology and folklore.
The modern interest in loose leaf tea and whole leaf tea may be more practical in nature. The increased awareness of the healthy attributes of botanicals in general has included an understanding of the benefits of beverages derived from plants and herbs as part of a daily dietary regimen. The presence of high levels of polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in herbal teas of all kinds has led to a larger consumption of leaf tea by the general public in all parts of the world.
The hibiscus plant, for instance, has been found to have a positive effect on the reduction of cholesterol, and its ability to help regulate blood pressure has been well-documented. Green teas of all kinds – such as oolong, long jing, and the so-called �gunpowder� varieties – contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamins that have been verified to be highly beneficial to the regeneration of cells and tissue in the human body, as well as in preventing disease in general.
There are also other ways to manufacture loose leaf tea and whole leaf tea for consumption. One very popular type is based on a method used for centuries in east India and Pakistan, known as Ayurveda. This process combines several botanical elements to produce a very beneficial brew that achieves many health benefits at the same time. Rose leaves, licorice root, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and coriander are some of the ingredients in a typical Ayurvedica blend, and the way in which they are combined results in flavorful, aromatic tea that contains a great deal of vitamins, minerals, and other elements that are very supportive of optimal health.