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Buddha made a vow to stay awake and meditate for 9 years. After 7 years he started to feel sleepy and found himself nodding off. He was so angry that he allowed this to happen, that in a fit of anger, he ripped his eyelids from his face and threw them onto the ground. Where they landed, they took root and grew, becoming a tea plant.  Buddha picked a leaf and chewed it to stay awake.

It is believed that Buddhists were the first to cultivate and make tea as a medicine. They believed it vitalised the blood, made us stronger, gave us more energy and gave the body the balance it needs to function to its optimum level.  And when it was first brought to Britain in the eighteenth century, it was sold in apothecaries, before it became an aristocratic luxury.

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