IT BEGAN LIKE THIS…
Since ancient times, our ancestors have mastered the method of manufacturing a healing, lovely flavored drink from the Willow-herb Rose Bay named “Ivan Chai” or just, Russian tea.
Russian tea is made from the leaves of fireweed, better known as the Willow-herb (Epilobium angustifolium). With its rich composition of minerals and vitamins, Willow-herb makes a healthy, caffeine-free tea that does not contain harmful uric acid or oxalate found in Indian black or green teas. Willow-herb tea is also a mild sedative. In the 12th century, Ivan Chai was drunk everywhere in Russia. It was the traditional Russian drink for hundreds of years before it was nearly universally replaced by cheaper Indian and Chinese black and green teas.
THIS IS A TRUE MINERAL TREASURE!
“It has everything that a person needs to live a long time and without being sick, just a gift of God.” This was the verdict rendered after Russian academics had studied the composition and properties of the Willow-herb. We know Indian, Ceylon, English and Chinese tea… but what do we know about Russian tea? Do we know that Russian tea was more famous than Persian rugs and Chinese silk? It was the most important component of Russian exports and was sent to all countries in the world. The whole world drunk Russian tea! England, despite having possession of huge tea plantations in India, bought tens of thousands of pounds of Ivan-tea every year! (Pood- Russian weight measure – 16, 38 kg)
The popularity of our tea grew. By the late 19th century it had become so great that it began to undermine the financial power of the East India Tea Corporation, which traded in black tea. To get rid of its powerful competitor, the owners started a scandal and rumors spread that Russian tea was mixed with white clay, which is harmful to health. After the 1917 revolution in Russia, the mass production of Ivan Chai has stopped completely and was replaced by cheaper Indian tea. Since then Russian tea has been gradually forgotten. Today, the Ivan Chai has regained some of its popularity and has attracted the attention of many producers.