According to an Indian tale, tea was a divine creation of the Buddha himself. During a pilgrimage to China, the Buddha was said to have taken a vow to meditate without rest for nine years. But, after some time, he dozed off. Upon awakening, he was said to have torn off his eyelids and thrown them to the ground out of frustration. Supposedly, the eyelids took root and germinated into plants that sprouted leaves with an eyelid shape. He then chewed the leaves of this plant, and his fatigue vanished.
The plant, of course, was said to be the first tea plant, which he carried with him to China. However, it is important to note that he must have had bigger problems to worry about (besides staying awake) if he didn't have eyelids.