Jasmine Tea Health Benefits
Jasmine Tea benefits the mind, body and soul in a variety of ways. In its most natural form, it is a beautiful flower. When brewed to make Tea, it boasts an equally beautiful taste. Infuse it with either Green Tea or White Tea, and one has a match made in heaven.
But what makes it so unique? According to the latest scientific research, it can improve one’s health and wellbeing in so many aspects of life. It can improve heart health and keep your skin looking young. It can relieve stress and anxiety and aid weight loss.
It can even reduce the risks of developing numerous chronic conditions including diabetes and also, very potentially, cancer. And this is just the beginning.
Even if you’re not interested in Jasmine Tea benefits, and just want to enjoy a scrumptious cuppa’, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company have much to offer. We pack everything fresh to order, including all of our Jasmine Green Teas, Jasmine White Teas and Jasmine Flower Teas. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.
What is the Jasmine Flower
Jasmine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines of the olive family (Oleaceae). There are many subspecies of the plant including Jasminum officinale (summer Jasmine), Jasminum nudiflorum (winter Jasmine), Jasminum angustifolium, Jasminum grandiflorum, and Jasminum tortuosum. This is to name but a few. There are an estimated two hundred others!
Jasmine grows in tropical and warm temperate regions of Eurasia and Oceania. However, most subspecies can adapt and climatise well, making them relatively versatile. Despite this, all jasmine flowers need fertile, well-drained soil in full or partial sun.
Summer jasmine, in particular, needs a sheltered spot, full sun and south or southwest-facing aspect. Winter jasmine, on the other hand, is more tolerant of partial shade and 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). This is typically six months after planting. But to fully appreciate it’s allure, one must venture out into the garden at night. This is when the flower releases its unforgettable fragrance.
Many commercial products use jasmine flowers. This includes soaps, shampoos, bath-bombs, lotions, perfumes, potpourris and, of course, Jasmine Flower Tea.
What is Jasmine Tea
There are many types of Jasmine Tea. This includes Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine White Tea and Jasmine Herbal Tea. Some producers even make Jasmine Black and Oolong Tea, although the taste of the flower often diminishes in more oxidised brews.
How do Green (or White!) Tea and Jasmine flowers meet? 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. This is to ensure each one is due to bloom that same evening. Workers then store the soon-to-be-flowers in a dry place until evening. This is when the blossoms open in the cool night air, releasing their signature scent.
While still blossoming, the workers place the flowers into basket trays. They then layer over Tea leaves for the ‘scenting’ process. After some hours, the Tea leaves underneath absorb the fragrance and distinct flavour of jasmine. Some higher-grade Teas require a repeat of this process to ensure the effectiveness of the scenting.
The finished product is, quite simply, exquisite. It offers delightfully floral notes from the jasmine accompanied by the trademark grassy notes of Green (or White) Tea.
History of Jasmine Teas
People have known of Jasmine Tea benefits for thousands of years. However, this beverage began life in China, reserved only for Royalty! But even before then, before the creation of Jasmine Tea, jasmine flowers came from Persia (modern-day Iran), not China. This is where Jasmine Flowers first grew, and where new trade routes enabled the transport of jasmine to China.
Historians believe that Chinese Jasmine Tea came into existence during the South-Song Dynasty (1127-1279 CE). However, it was slow to get off the ground. It wasn’t until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) that Jasmine Tea became popular. Famously, the Ming Dynasty was a time for the adoration of all things floral. Is it a surprise that this beverage 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, debatably a province of China, Jasmine Tea production started in 1882. Today, Jasmine Tea continues to enthral millions.
Jasmine and Caffeine
Jasmine Herbal Tea, on the other hand, is precisely what it says on the tin: a beverage made exclusively from jasmine flowers. This is a choice made by many looking to cut down on their caffeine intake as it is entirely caffeine free.
This is even better than a Decaf Jasmine Tea because it contains no caffeine at all, while Decafs contain at least a small percentage of caffeine. Indeed, Jasmine Tea caffeine exists in only Teas to contain White or Green Tea leaves.
Jasmine Tea Calories and Nutrition
Jasmine Flower Tea contains no more than 5 calories per 8 oz serving. Blending either White or Green Tea adds only an extra 2 calories. In other words, providing you add nothing else, your morning cuppa will contain no more than 7 calories! Brilliant, huh?
But what about its nutritional value? Depending on the type of Tea you choose, it’s likely that you’ll receive a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Below is a table showcasing just some of the constituents found in most Jasmine Teas:
Jasmine Tea Contains
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Jasmine Tea Benefits
Have you decided between Jasmine Green Tea, Jasmine White Tea, or Jasmine Herbal Tea? If not, perhaps knowing more about the Jasmine Tea benefits of each beverage will help sway you. Though the benefits of drinking Jasmine Tea apply to all types, some offer different medicinal qualities to others.
Jasmine flowers alone have a wealth of antioxidants capable of helping the body to combat free radicals. This, in turn, reduces the risks of developing several chronic conditions, particularly cardiovascular disease. When added to Tea leaves, one also gets White Tea or Green Tea benefits! What more could you want from your morning cuppa’?
1. Improved Cardiovascular Health
Keeping your heart in check is perhaps one of the most important things you can do. Indeed, in today’s society, high diets in saturated fats coupled with low physical activity are two of the main contributors to cardiovascular disease. What’s the answer? Make a start with Jasmine Tea benefits.
Choosing a Jasmine Green Tea and including it in your diet can have a positive effect on heart health for many reasons. Green Tea, scented or unscented, can reduce the risks of developing atherosclerosis. This is according to a meta-analysis of 13 Green Tea studies. It was discovered that those who drank the most Green Tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease. It may not sound like a lot, but, in fact, it is!
Furthermore, the catechins found in Jasmine Tea can inhibit LDL-oxidation, which is when “bad” cholesterol in your arteries gets inflamed after being oxidised. Because of this, Jasmine Tea benefits can lower blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels.
2. Anti-Ageing Properties:
Have you ever looked at a £90 tub of anti-ageing face cream and wondered if there was another way? The answer is Jasmine Tea benefits, particularly Jasmine White Tea. A recent study by BioMed Central established that White Tea, even before the addition of jasmine, has antioxidant activity. It found that Tea can directly affect 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. It also supports wound repair. Elastin is responsible for maintaining the elasticity of the skin. 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, researchers discovered that White Tea helped to prevent the breakdown of Elastin and Collagen, which meant stronger, better skin.
Many skin care products already contain Jasmine flowers for the very same reasons we drink White Tea. The antioxidant punch delivered by Jasmine Tea is twofold: first, the Tea leaves benefit the skin.
Then, the jasmine flowers themselves do! Indeed, this Tea can reduce inflammation of the skin at the same time as preventing irritation.
3. Improved Digestive Health
There’s a reason why Jasmine Tea is an immensely popular choice at Chinese restaurants: improved 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 use jasmine for the prevention of gastric ulcers, also, as well as to ease bad bacteria in the stomach. Overall, the catechins in Jasmine Flower Tea have a positive effect on the gastrointestinal system.
According to research, frequent Jasmine Herbal Tea consumption can activate numerous intracellular antioxidants. These interact well with gastrointestinal enzymes to promote healthy bowel function. A little too much information? We know. But it all helps in the end!
4. Research Shows a Reduced Risk of Cancer
Before we get into this one, it is essential to note that studies are still in their preliminary stage. In other words, Jasmine Green Tea is not, by far, a “cure” to cancer. However, early findings are promising.
A 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.
Such studies are ongoing, but many scientists believe that the antioxidants found in Tea, including this one, can afford protection against cancers of the lung, forestomach, oesophagus, duodenum, pancreas, liver, breast, colon, and skin.
At present, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company does not endorse the consumption of Jasmine loose leaf Tea, or any other Tea, for reducing the risks of Cancer.
5. Reduced Risks of Diabetes
According to recent statistics, 25% of the US population are prediabetic. These results are not too dissimilar to those here in the UK. Jasmine Tea (or any Tea, for that matter) is again not a “cure” to type-2 diabetes. It can, however, reduce the risks of developing it.
The polyphenolic antioxidants in this beverage are the main reason for its success. These antioxidative properties 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 condition. Jasmine White Tea can also have similar effects, including metabolising glucose.
6. Stress and Anxiety
There is much more to stress than some people let on. Not only can it affect the way we think and perceive the world, but it also affects us physically. Indeed, it can cause us to gain significant amounts of weight. This, 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-2 diabetes.
Jasmine Tea benefits, meanwhile, can make one feel better inside and out, both physically and emotionally. After all, what could be more relaxing than sitting on the sofa with your favourite cuppa?
7. Aiding Weight Loss
Jasmine-scented Teas and Jasmine Flower Tea both have metabolism-boosting properties. This 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 then powers near everything we do. Boosted metabolism can enable the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently.
Is it as simple as enjoying Jasmine Tea benefits? Sadly not. These benefits only occur when one eats healthily and exercises frequently. Consider them more of an accompaniment to a healthy and active lifestyle rather than a “fix-all” solution to excess weight.
In other words, this means that one shouldn’t give up bananas or that morning jog just yet!
Is Jasmine Tea a Diuretic?
Is Jasmine Tea a diuretic? Well, let’s first start by understanding what it means. The term “Diuretic” refers to promoting the formation of urine. This, in essence, enables someone to excrete excess water in several ways. The most common diuretic response involves inhibiting the kidney’s ability to reabsorb sodium. This, in turn, enhances the loss of sodium and consequently water in the urine.
So, what about Jasmine Tea? Is it a diuretic? If your beverage contains either White or Green Tea leaves, then almost certainly. Caffeine in Green Tea is the reason for its diuretic ability. Indeed, the same applies to its White counterpart. However, their processing means that they contain less caffeine than, say, Black Tea, which is the most processed type.
Types of Jasmine Tea
Still haven’t decided? Fear not. We have a Jasmine Tea for everyone. 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. In this world, it appears that we simply don’t have the time. It can be hard, after all, juggling life when there is so much going on. We have jobs to get to, children to take to school, and a social life to balance.
Brewing Loose Leaf Tea often takes a little more time than brewing Tea Bags. The answer to your woes lies here.
This Tea offers the same unique flavours and mesmerising aromas as any other Jasmine beverage. It is likewise effortless to make when you’re in a rush. Arguably best of all, each pocket of goodness boasts Jasmine Tea benefits. This is undoubtedly our most popular Jasmine Tea.
Jasmine Tea with Flowers
This indulgent blend looks as good as it tastes. Jasmine Tea with Flowers is another Green Tea containing actual jasmine flowers. These not only serve as pretty additions but also strengthen the ever-present taste of delicate Jasmine.
Often, choosing Loose Leaf Tea means choosing quality; choosing efficiency; choosing exemplary taste. Many Tea Connoisseurs suggest that Loose Leaf Tea provides a stronger and arguably better flavour in cup over Tea Bags. Why not find out for yourself?
Jasmine Pearl Superior Tea
It’s called “Superior” for a reason! The unique processing method applied to the Tea leaves enhances the flavour of the brew. As the name likewise suggests, factory workers literally roll these leaves into pearl-shaped balls.
It comes from the Hunan province of China, which has a long history with Tea production. Some of the province’s most famous Tea-growing regions include Dongting Lake, Heng Mountain and Shao Mountain. All regions create exceptional brews, but our favourite is Jasmine Pearl Superior Tea.
Jasmine Jade Ring Green Tea
Despite the name, this beverage contains both Green and White Tea leaves. This is similar to Jasmine Pearl Superior Tea. The main difference lies in the shaping of the leaf, with this Tea looking more like rings than pearls!
Our striking Jasmine Jade Ring Green Tea has delicate grassy notes with undertones reminiscent of cherry blossom. Its elegance is near unmatched, and the Jasmine Tea benefits are just as exceptional as any other similar brew.
Jasmine Silver Needles Ying Zhen Tea
Low in caffeine and high in antioxidants, Jasmine Silver Needles Ying Zhen is a fine quality scented White Tea like no other. Indeed, if White Teas adhered to the Tea-grading system, this beverage would be at the very top!
No grading system for White Tea? That’s correct. Nevertheless, Yinzhen Teas (like this one) are, in many respects, high grade-equivalent. Beverages such as Bai Mu Dan, on the other hand, are middle grade-equivalent. Finally, Teas like Shou Mei are low grade-equivalent. By this rationale, Jasmine Silver Needle Ying Zhen Tea is the best of the best.
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 essentially a performance in a teapot!
But how? Flowering Tea, also known as “Treasure Tea” or “Blooming Tea”, is a carefully handmade creation. Workers dry the flowers used in its making. They then place these flowers within a delicate layer of sewn White Tea stylised into ball-shapes. When brewed in hot water, our Jasmine Lily Tea Flower showcases all that is beautiful with this infusion.