True teas, including green tea, black tea and oolong tea, are brewed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. ... In addition to being delicious, some herbal teas have health-promoting properties. In fact, herbal teas have been used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments for hundreds of years.

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage," writes 19th-century Japanese scholar Okakura Kakuzo in his infamous publication The Book of Tea.

In it, he speaks at length about the history of tea and the philosophy of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

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