Jasmine Tea Benefits
Jasmine, a beautiful flower with a beautiful taste. It can be added to green sometimes White tea or even Black tea or enjoyed simply as a nourishing Herbal Tea; the choice is yours. And whatever your preference might be, we have a Jasmine Tea for everyone and all types of this amazing tea offer Jasmine Tea Benefits.
There is something enchanting about the jasmine flower, something that evokes peaceful images of delicate petals laced into vibrant green branches while growing high in the Himalayan mountains and looking down upon the world; this is not far from the truth, although it can offer so much more.
When made into tea, be that herbal or “regular” tea, jasmine offers an aroma like no other. It’s taste, meanwhile, is almost otherworldly.
Together, let’s explore the wonders of jasmine and Jasmine Tea benefits, find out what makes it so special, and finally decide on the brew that’s right for you.
What is the Jasmine Flower
Considered one of the world’s most popular flowers for its scent and appearance, Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines of the olive family (Oleaceae).
It is botanically known as Jasminum and has numerous subspecies such as Jasminum officinale (summer Jasmine), Jasminum nudiflorum (winter Jasmine), Jasminum angustifolium, Jasminum grandiflorum, and Jasminum tortuosum. And this is just to name a few; there are an estimated two hundred!
Jasmine is native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Eurasia, Australasia, and Oceania; however, most subspecies are very adaptable and can climatise well.
All jasmine flowers need a fertile, well-drained soil in full or partial sun. Summer jasmine, in particular, needs a sheltered spot, full sun and a south- or southwest-facing aspect. Winter jasmine, on the other hand, is more tolerant of partial shade and a south-east or north-west aspect; this even applies to growing in the UK!
Depending on the subspecies, flowering usually takes place in the summer (sometimes late spring), typically six months after planting. But to fully appreciate it’s wonder, one must venture out into the garden at night; this is when the flower releases its unforgettable fragrance.
As a product, jasmine can be found in soaps, shampoos, bath-bombs, lotions, perfumes, potpourris and, of course, teas (we prefer the latter, naturally).
What is Jasmine Tea
As already mentioned, Jasmine can be enjoyed as a standalone beverage (i.e. a herbal tisane) or infused with Green or White Tea Leaves. When the latter method is chosen, things get very interesting.
In the early afternoons of June, July and August, experienced and dutiful labourers carefully hand-pick the jasmine buds when the sun is out and the dew has evaporated. The pickers are very explicit as to which buds are brought back for the next stage to ensure each one is due to bloom that same evening.
After harvesting thousands of jasmine buds, the soon-to-be-flowers are stored in a dry place until evening when the blossoms open in the cool night air, releasing their signature scent. It is then that the jasmine blossoms are placed into basket trays and layered over tea leaves during what is known as the scenting process. After some hours, the tea leaves underneath will absorb the fragrance and distinct flavour of the jasmine, with some higher-grade teas requiring this process to be repeated to ensure the effectiveness of the scenting.
The finished product is, quite simply, exquisite, offering delightfully floral notes from the jasmine accompanied by the trademark grassy notes of Green (or White) Tea.
Jasmine herbal tea, on the other hand, is exactly what it says on the tin: a beverage made exclusively from jasmine flowers, a choice made by many who are looking to cut down on their caffeine intake as the herbal type is caffeine free.
History of Jasmine Teas
Jasmine Tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years; however, it began life as a brew reserved only for Royalty in China. But even before then, before the creation of Jasmine Tea and perhaps even before the discovery of Tea as a whole, jasmine flowers originally came from not China, but Persia!
In what is modern-day Iran, where these Jasmine Flowers first grew, new trade routes enabled the transport of jasmine to China and by the South-Song Dynasty (1127-1279 CE), Jasmine Tea was, or so it is believed, first created.
Yet, Jasmine Tea was slow to get off the ground and, in fact, it was not until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that things took off. The Ming Dynasty brought about an adoration for all things floral, everything from porcelain to paintings to embroidery to décor. Jasmine Tea became one such “thing”.
Commercial mass production of Jasmine Tea emerged during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), particularly in the Fujian Province of China.
In Taiwan, then also a province of China, Jasmine was introduced in 1882 and helped to bolster the Jasmine Tea industry.
Today, Jasmine Tea continues to enthral millions and is often served in Chinese restaurants around the world. It is a beverage associated with peace and tranquillity and, according to science, Jasmine Tea benefits could even improve your health.
Jasmine Tea Benefits
Have you made a decision between Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine White Tea, or Jasmine Herbal Tea yet? If not, perhaps knowing more about the Jasmine Tea Benefits of each beverage will help sway you one way or another.
Jasmine flowers alone have a wealth of antioxidants capable of helping the body combat free radicals and thus reducing the risks of developing numerous chronic conditions. And then when added to tea (no matter the type), the bar is raised further still.
Choosing to enjoy Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine White Tea, or Jasmine Herbal Tea as part of a healthy and active lifestyle can improve your everyday way of life. But how?
Improved Cardiovascular Health:
Keeping your heart in check is perhaps one of the most important things you can do, especially in today’s society where high diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity are two of the main contributors to cardiovascular disease.
Choosing a Jasmine Green Tea and including it in your diet can have a substantially positive effect on heart health for many reasons. Already, it is known that Green Tea, whether it is scented or unscented, can reduce the risks of developing atherosclerosis according to a meta-analysis of 13 Green Tea studies.
The meta-analysis found out that those who drunk the most Green Tea had a 28% lower risk of a coronary artery disease, which to many doesn’t sound like a lot, but it really is!
Furthermore, the catechins found in Jasmine Tea have the ability to inhibit LDL-oxidation, which is when “bad” cholesterol in your arteries gets inflamed after being oxidised. Through this inhibition, it is know that one of the Jasmine Tea benefits is lowering blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels.
Ever looked at a £90 tub of anti-ageing face cream and wondered if there was another way? The answer is Jasmine White Tea.
In fact, a recent study by BioMed Central has established that White Tea, even before the addition of jasmine, has antioxidant activity that directly affects the overall health and appearance of skin.
Researchers looked specifically at the effects on structural proteins found in the skin called elastin and collagen. Elastin is responsible for maintaining elasticity of the skin along with aiding in wound repair. Collagen, meanwhile, is a protein found in connective tissue that supports the skin’s strength as well as elasticity. Ultimately, the breakdown of these two proteins can lead to age-related wrinkles and sagging skin. The research reads:
“White tea whole extract exhibits comparable anti-elastase activity to EGCG alongside very high collagenase [enzymes that break the peptide bonds in collagen] inhibition at a very small final concentration of 25 μg which suggests additive or synergistic activity between the catechins within the tea extract particularly in the case of collagenase inhibition. Also, as collagenase is a zinc-containing metalloproteinase, the catechins within the tea extract which are known to be metal chelators may bind to the Zn2+ ion within the enzyme thus preventing it from binding with the substrate”.
In other (slightly less confusing) words, it was discovered that White Tea helped to prevent the breakdown of Elastin and Collagen, which meant stronger, better skin.
Jasmine flowers are used in a multitude of skin care products for the very same reasons we drink Green Tea. The antioxidant punch delivered by Jasmine Tea is twofold; first, the tea leaves themselves and then the jasmine flowers, which can reduce inflammation of the skin at the same time as preventing irritation.
Improved Digestive Health
There’s a reason why Jasmine Teas are a popular choice at Chinese restaurants, and it’s because they can aid in digestion. While Jasmine Green Tea and Jasmine White Tea also provide this particular Jasmine Tea Benefit, Jasmine Flower Tea is undoubtedly the best at it!
Jasmine has antispasmodic properties capable of relieving indigestion and stomach cramps. Some home remedies have suggested the use of jasmine for the prevention of gastric ulcers, also, as well as to ease bad bacteria in the stomach and possibly even eradicate it.
Furthermore, the catechins present in Jasmine Tea have a positive effect on multiple areas of your health, including the gastrointestinal system.
According to research, frequent Jasmine Herbal Tea consumption can activate numerous intracellular antioxidants which interact well with gastrointestinal enzymes to promote healthy bowel function. A little too much information? We know.
Research Shows a Reduced Risks of Cancer
Before we get into this one, it is important to note that studies are still in their preliminary stage; however, early findings have been promising. Jasmine Green Tea is not, by far, a “cure” to cancer, and you should ignore anyone telling you otherwise, but may help to keep it at bay (emphasis on “may”). Again, this is thanks to the prevalence of antioxidants in Jasmine Green Tea.
In particular, one 2015 meta-analysis found that drinking a cup of tea a day (no matter the type) reduced the risks of developing cancer by 2%. Those who drank the most tea, on the other hand, had a 21% lower cancer risk than those who drank none.
Studies are ongoing, but many scientists believe that the antioxidants found in tea - including, of course, Jasmine Green Tea - afford protection against cancers of the lung, forestomach, oesophagus, duodenum, pancreas, liver, breast, colon, and skin. It’s also important to note, however, that most trials have been animal-based excluding the above meta-analysis and as a result, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company does not endorse the consumption of Jasmine Tea, or any other tea, for reducing the risks of Cancer.
Reduced Risks of Diabetes
According to recent statistics, a staggering 25% of the US population are prediabetic, results not too dissimilar to those here in the UK. Jasmine Tea Benefits or any tea for that matter is certainly not a “cure” to Type II Diabetes but can have the ability to reduce the risks of developing it.
The polyphenols are the main reason for the success of Jasmine Tea which, as we already know, have antioxidative properties that help protect against inflammation and possibly even carcinogens.
One Chinese study showed that regular consumption of White Tea could significantly benefit diabetes patients. Another study conducted on diabetes-induced rats showed that White Tea reduced the symptoms of the disease. Jasmine Flower Tea can also have similar effects, including having the ability to metabolise glucose.
Stress and Anxiety
There is much more to stress than some experts let on. Not only can it affect the way we think and perceive the world, but it can also affect us physically, causing us to gain significant amounts of weight which, in turn, leads to further complications.
Chronic stress disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels, which brings about increased hunger and comfort eating. Ironically, that then leads to further disrupted sleep, even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars. In time, this can lead not only to unhealthy levels of body fat, but also, very potentially, Type II Diabetes.
One of the Jasmine Tea Benefits we wanted to focus on is it makes you feel better inside and out - because what could be more relaxing and de-stressing than sitting on the sofa with a nice, hot brew? With its fragrant aroma and enticing flavour, Jasmine Tea is a perfect choice.
Aiding Weight Loss
A few weeks ago summer felt like a lifetime away, but not anymore. With only a couple of months before the sunny weather sets in we live in hope, is it time you thought about your beach body?
Jasmine-scented Teas and Jasmine Flower Tea both have metabolism-boosting properties. A metabolism refers to the chemical reactions that take place in your body’s cells. It essentially converts the fuel in your food into energy, which is then used to power near enough everything we do. A boosted metabolism can come from frequently consuming Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine White Tea, or Jasmine Herbal Tea; this, in turn, helps the body to burn fat quicker, and far more efficiently.
But sadly, it’s not that simple. In order to reap the weight loss benefits of any Jasmine Tea, one must eat healthily and exercise frequently. Do not think of Jasmine Tea as a “fix-all” solution, rather the support that helps you over the finishing line.
And that goes for every other Jasmine Tea benefit, too!
Types of Jasmine Tea
Still haven’t decided? Fear not. We have a Jasmine Tea for everyone, so let’s explore the choices together and see which one appeals most to you:
Jasmine Tea Bags: This Jasmine-scented Green Tea is for those who don’t have time for loose leaf tea. It offers the same unique flavours and mesmerising aromas as any other Jasmine beverage and is likewise easy to make when you’re in a rush.
Jasmine Tea with Flowers: A blend that looks as good as it tastes, our Jasmine Tea with Flowers is another Green Tea containing actual jasmine flowers, which not only serve as pretty additions, but also strengthen the ever-present taste of delicate Jasmine.
Jasmine Pearl Superior Tea: It’s called “Superior” for a reason! Made of the finest quality White and Green Tea leaves, Jasmine Pearl Superior Tea is grown predominantly in the Hunan Province of China. The name “Pearl” is likewise apt as the tea leaves, following the scenting process, are quite literally rolled into pearl-shaped balls.
Jasmine Jade Ring Green Tea: Despite the name, this beverage contains both Green and White Tea leaves which, similar to Jasmine Pearl Superior Tea, are hand-shaped into rings. It also consists of delicate grassy notes with undertones reminiscent of cherry blossom with the amazing Jasmine Tea Benefits.
Jasmine Silver Needles Ying Zhen Tea: Prefer to stick to just one tea type? Choose Jasmine Silver Needles Ying Zhen Tea for the best quality Jasmine-scented White Tea around. It is a great choice for those looking to cut down their caffeine intake.
Jasmine Lily Tea Flower: Be enchanted with Jasmine Lily Tea Flower, a beverage that quite literally unfurls before your eyes. With a beautiful red flower and a delicate scent of jasmine, this incredible brew is like a show in a teapot! What more could you possibly want?
There is inspiration to be had with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Where is your heart? Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine White Tea, or Jasmine Herbal Tea? It’s time for you to find out!