The health benefits of Jasmine tea are usually derived from the underlying benefits of the teas which are combined with it. This is due to the fact that jasmine tea is essentially a blend of either green, black, oolong or white tea combined with the fragrant and flavorful jasmine flowers. However, jasmine by itself is also known to be a gentle remedy for inflammation.
Jasmine or jessamine is a genus of fragrant floweing shrubs and vines in the olive family, with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Himalayas, Northeast, South and Southeast Asia. The majority of jasmine species climb on other plants or on structures such as gates or fences. The leaves can be either evergreen or deciduous. Jasmine flowers are typically white, tiny and open at night. They are usually picked during the mornings when the petals are closed.
Jasmine is grown for perfumery in France, and added to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, toiletries, moisturizing lotions, and aromatherapy oils. In most of Asia, jasmine is woven into a garland and used to adorn important relics, as well as given to important people.
Jasmine tea is consumed in China, where it is called Jasmine flower tea. Jasmine flowers are used to make tea, which often has a base of green tea, but also occasionally an oolong, black or white tea base is also used. Jasmine flowers are often gathered in the morning and are then stored in a cool place until the evening. The jasmine flowers and the tea base are then combined in machines that control temperature and humidity. It takes four hours or so for the tea to absorb the fragrance and flavor of the Jasmine blossoms.
Jasmine Tea has been known to act as a gentle sedative when drank. When combined with green tea, black tea, oolong tea and white tea, the resultant jasmine tea is infused with polyphenols with antioxidants that contribute to the following benefits:
- May help in overall maintenance of well-being.
- May help in the prevention of some forms of cancer.
- May be helpful in keeping heart diseases at bay.
- May help in reducing fat and body weight.
- May be helpful in the natural regulation of insulin.
- May be helpful in fighting bacteria and viruses.