It is said that tea was discovered in China over five thousand years ago by the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, known as the ‘Divine Healer.’ According to legend Shen-Nung was boiling water and leaves from a nearby tree blew into the pot. He was intrigued by the aroma and decided to try the brew and tea was born. Shen-Nung also provides us with the first mention of tea in his medical book, Pen Ts’ao, written in the year 2737 before the common era. There have been several other legends as to the origins of tea including one that suggests Bodhidharma, the first patriarch of Chan (Zen) Buddhism fell asleep after nine years of meditation and out of frustration cut his own eyelids off and threw them to the ground. Tea trees grew up where his eyelids landed. Since then Buddhist Monks have used tea to keep them awake and alert during long meditations. However, records prove tea had been around for over three thousand years before Bodhidharma.

Since its discovery tea has been a medicine, a tribute to royalty, enjoyed by the aristocracy and eventually finding its way to the lower classes. It’s helped religious persons, warriors and laymens alike find peace of mind. It’s inspired poets, artists and musician. It’s fueled global expansion. It’s initiated revolution. And it can do the same for you.

Blue Lantern Tea strives to carry only the finest artisan teas. Whether your a casual tea drinker or a tea novice, you’ll find the quality and selection of our teas will take your tea experience to a whole new level.

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