White Tea's Royal Past
Originally known as “The Emperor’s Drink,” white tea used to be served exclusively to the Chinese emperor and his court as a symbol of honor and respect. When its use was opened to the general public, white tea was too rare and expensive to be enjoyed by the masses. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the use of white tea became widespread — and it is known to this day as a delicate, refined tea.
A Delicate Process
White tea has gained popularity in the US recently for its health benefits and delicate flavor, but the process by which it’s grown and harvested remains true to its roots. Organically grown tea leaves and young buds are picked just before they open fully, when the buds are still covered in fine, white hairs. The delicate tea is then dried at low temperatures almost immediately after harvesting — sometimes before even leaving the fields.
Benefits of White Tea
Although white tea is lesser known in western cultures than green and black teas, its benefits are bountiful. White tea is widely believed to:
- Encourage relaxation
- Relieve anxiety
- Promote mental alertness
- Improve concentration
- Help with weight management
- Serve as a powerful antioxidant
- Boost the immune system
Powerhouse of Nutrients
White tea naturally contains high levels of nutrients that deliver its many benefits, including antioxidants like EGCG and amino acids like L-theanine, perfectly balanced with naturally occurring caffeine to work synergistically and maximize its benefits. It’s revered among experts for its many health benefits, all with a delicious taste that provides a little boost of caffeine.
Minimal Processing For Maximum Health
Nutrient-rich foods often lose many of their benefits during processing. But because white tea is minimally processed, it retains its high nutrient content and beneficial properties. The white tea used in NatureWise Tropical White Tea is sourced from organic plants carefully harvested and minimally processed to maintain most of the natural compounds that are naturally formed during the plant’s lifetime.