Whether it’s black, green, or herbal, a cup of tea is a delight for the soul. It sure brightens the mood when the tea has an earthy and floral touch. If you are looking for something similar, you can choose jasmine tea without hesitation. This is one of the most famous teas in China, which is highly fragrant and offers several beneficial properties.
Green tea leaves are typically used for jasmine tea’s base. The use of black and white tea is popular as well. The aroma is created when the blossoms of the jasmine tree are infused with tea leaves. Mental alertness, improved digestion, and radiant skin are some of the benefits of this tea. Moreover, it’s high in antioxidants which are helpful for long-term illnesses.
Jasmine tea might be intimidating to those who are unfamiliar with it because its preparation process and taste are in general unfamiliar to people. However, it’s quite simple to make, and the taste will make you crave it every day if you prepare it properly. So, find out how to make the perfect cup of it and how it can benefit your health in this full guide!
Jasmine Tea: An Introduction
There is something peaceful and tranquil about a sip of jasmine tea. It’s taste and soothing aroma make it a favorite among tea lovers. This tea is only made in the summer times in China because that’s when jasmine flowers are in season. The blossoms from the trees ‘Jasminum officinale’ or ‘Jasminum sambac’ are collected with care.
Following that, the flowers and tea leaves are laid in thick layers in a place known as a ‘scented house’. In this way, the tea becomes infused with the fragrance and flavors of the jasmine blossoms. To achieve the purest and most authentic jasmine tea, these steps must be repeated 5-7 times. Therefore, you can imagine the amount of dedication it involves.
The history of jasmine tea goes way back to the 15th century, China. In their culture, guests were served this tea upon their arrival, as a sign of respect. Later, in the mid-17th and 18th centuries, it became very popular in Europe and North America too. Nevertheless, the brands you see in the markets today do not produce jasmine tea the traditional way.
What Does Jasmine Tea Taste Like?
Jasmine tea has a sweet taste profile because of the jasmine blossoms. The scent is soft, delicate, and floral. It is the base that determines the other flavors.
For instance, jasmine green tea will be bittersweet and earthy, if not made with honey or sugar. Black tea will most likely have a lesser floral fragrance to it. This depends on the roasting level of the tea leaves.
On the other hand, oolong and white jasmine tea are more flavorful than black tea. There is less bitterness in the aftertaste, and they are more fragrant. However, the quality of the product rests solely on the quality of the jasmine flowers, and how it was infused into the tea leaves. Therefore, each brand will have a different taste.
Why You Should Drink Jasmine Tea
Jasmine alone is very effective at treating a lot of mental distress. Your tea base will determine which benefits you will experience further. Green tea, however, is the most-liked and popular base for its anti-aging properties. The following points include more information about the benefits of jasmine tea, backed by scientific research!
1. Strong Immune System
Jasmine tea is full of antioxidants and helpful with inflammation that help alleviate cold and fever symptoms. It boosts your immune system, enabling you to combat other illnesses or infections that may occur in the future. Also, research done by Tariq M. Haqqi and others (1), suggests that jasmine green tea can help with arthritis and other joint conditions too.
Additionally, hot green tea soothes an upset stomach by providing the necessary fluids. And, when you’re feeling under the weather, the essence and floral fragrance can lift your mood.
2. Improved Heart Health
Having a heart condition is one of the most frightening things you can go through. 2-3 cups of tea every day is essential to prevent it. Green tea is also rich in LDL, which is a lipid that helps to control cholesterol. Therefore, it helps lower blood pressure and decreases the risk of a stroke or heart attack (2).
Another study (3) done by Lanore Arab and fellow team members has found that drinking green or black tea every day has reduced the chances of stroke by 68% in hamsters. Also, green tea helps to unclog blood vessels that have been narrowed or blocked with time.
3. Better Digestive System
The metabolic rate can sometimes prevent people from losing weight. No matter how many diets you follow, or how much you exercise, nothing works. If you are one of them and desire better health you should consider experimenting with jasmine tea. Studies have shown that drinking green tea improves metabolic rate, and helps to reduce weight faster.
One study done by R. Hursel (4) claims drinking 2-3 cups of green tea would increase fat-burning properties to up to 10-16%. In other words, you will lose 300-400 kcal every day, regardless of whether or not you exercise or follow a diet.
4. High Antioxidant Capacity
Green tea infused with jasmine contains powerful antioxidants, including the polyphenol EGCG. It helps to protect against harmful substances people come into contact with daily. Moreover, jasmine green tea contains a good amount of Vitamin C and E, which are known to enhance the health and beauty of the skin. (5)
Again, the enzymes found in this tea, such as superoxide, catalase, and others are an amazing source for improving your body’s defense system against radical damage. So, if consumed regularly, green tea works as an anti-aging agent.
5. Mental Alertness
This is the simplest yet powerful health benefit of jasmine tea. You can boost your mood immediately by inhaling the aroma of a freshly brewed cup of tea. It’s an excellent method for inducing relaxation into your body and mind.
Several studies also show our olfactory senses have a significant impact on our mental clarity. So, when you drink this tea, you are triggering a parasympathetic response. It helps to release hormones that encourage relaxation. (6)
How to Make Jasmine Tea
The process of making it is quite simple. Follow this step-by-step guide to get started! You should choose the kind of tea you prefer as your base. The options are black tea, white tea, oolong tea, or green tea. There is a slight difference in the brewing time of every tea base.
Boil 2 cups of water in a pot or electric kettle. Add the tea leaves next. You can use loose leaves or tea bags, depending on what you have.
Let the tea steep. Green tea needs to be brewed for 2-3 minutes, white tea for 3-4 minutes, and black and oolong tea for 3-5 minutes.
Finally, you should strain the tea and pour it into your cup. You can add honey, lemon at this point. It’s best not to add sugar to herbal tea because it will lessen its beneficial properties. Voilà, you can now enjoy your tea any time you want!
Jasmine tea is an amazing drink famed for its enchanting aroma and excellent taste. If you are health conscious and most importantly a tea enthusiast, then you will love this tea for sure. I hope this guide has sparked some interest in you to try it out.
Thanks for reading and until next time, farewell.