Tea: German Chamomile

Chamomile is used as aromatherapy and known for its health benefits such as soothing various stomach problems, reduce muscle spasms, and treat several skin conditions. It includes treating stress, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, nervousness, depression, and headaches.

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The ancient Egyptians offer it to their sun god, embalm the dead, and cure the sick. It was documented in Ebers Papyrus (1550 BC).
The Greeks named Chamomiles “kamai melon” (ground apple) and the Spanish called it Manzanilla (little apple).

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It’s in the English children’s story “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter, Peter’s mother gives chamomile tea.
“….. Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea and she gave a dose of it to Peter.”

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Tea: げんまいちゃ「genmaicha」

Genmaicha (げんまいちゃ) is a Japanese brown rice green tea. It is also known as the ‘Popcorn tea’ as some rice that popped during the roasting of it resembles popcorn.

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There are two stories behind this tea: a legend and practicality.

It was said that a Japanese servant named Genmai accidentally dropped some rice on the pot of tea he was brewing. When his master, samurai warrior, found out he cut Genmai’s head and died. The samurai warrior drank the tea thereafter. He surprisingly enjoyed its flavor, so in honor of his servant he named it Genmaicha (Cha is Japanese for tea).

Another story, it was said that this tea was for the poor Japanese back then. The price of their tea was a little expensive so they put some rice in it to fill the green tea. It was also the tea for religious people who undergo fasting.

However its origin, genmaicha is now enjoyed throughout Japan (and outside).
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