Jasmine is a flowering plant that can be found in tropical regions. When mixed with green tea leaves it becomes a magical elixir with a number of health benefits.
One reason jasmine tea is so popular is due to its many benefits to overall health, which come from the nutritional elements in the organic tea buds themselves.The antioxidants in jasmine tea can also help protect your body against damage from free radicals associated with the aging process. Drinking jasmine green tea can help prevent damage from free radicals. Jasmine tea is a wonderful means of adding somewhat uncommon antioxidants to your system like catechins and epicatechins, which can have a wide range of beneficial effects on your system such as the following:
Fights Bacteria. Not only does the tea put on its boxing gloves to fight bad bacteria, it also aids our bodies to form good bacteria that helps with digestion.
Weight Loss. The tea contains catechins which have fat burning properties and thus aid in weight loss. It does this by increasing your metabolic rate, which subsequently helps you to burn fat faster. A recent study has shown that people who drink jasmine green tea tend to lose weight faster than those who don’t drink it regularly.
Aromatherapy. Jasmine itself has medicinal properties and is therefore a highly effective form of aromatherapy. Research published in the European Journal of Applied Psychology found that simply inhaling jasmine can reduce a person’s heart rate as well as have a sedative effect on both nerve activity and mood.
Cancer Prevention. Green tea is high in antioxidants, which means it can lower your risk of developing cancer. This is because antioxidants attack the free radicals that form in your body and can be linked to cancer causation.
Anti-Aging. Free radicals can also mess with your skin in terms of healing and revitalization. So another added bonus of antioxidants is that they prevent this and thus slow down the aging process. Jasmine tea is high in antioxidants, and combats the free radicals formed in the body. Free radicals are harmful in many ways, and can hasten the aging process. Free radicals have also been shown to have a relation with the development of cancer in the body. By reducing the free radicals in the body, it effectively lowers the chances of developing cancer. Antioxidants also play a valuable role in slowing down the aging process.
Regulates Circulation. Jasmine tea has been proven to be highly beneficial for improving blood circulation. As such, it can help to prevent medical conditions such as blocked arteries, thrombosis, brain damage and blood clots.
Heart Health. Jasmine tea has been known to reduce cholesterol and bad fats within the body. In addition, it can prevent additional bad cholesterol forming. These things naturally helps to reduce your chances of heart disease and strokes.
Stress Relief. Throughout history jasmine has been used for stress relief and as an anti-depressant, which is due to its aforementioned therapeutic properties. That explains why those Buddha’s Tears leave me feeling so amazing.
Cold Prevention. The antiviral and antibacterial properties found within jasmine green tea can help to prevent both colds and the flu. Consuming the tea whilst sick can also help to speed up your recovery. Jasmine tea has some antiviral and antibacterial properties that help in the prevention of colds and influenza. It is widely believed that gargling with jasmine tea can prevent illness. Consumption of jasmine tea can also result in an earlier recovery from such ailments.
Prevention of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. IBD is a medical condition that involves bloating and pain in the colon. Studies have shown that green tea can actually help to reduce these symptoms in two types of IBD, as well as Crohn’s Disease.
Try this delicious jasmine tea recipe for yourself below:
- 1 Cup brewed Chinese green pearl tea (or jasmine green tea)
- 1 Cup brewed Earl Grey green tea
- 1 Cup pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup dried jasmine flowers
- 1 tbsp Elderflower honey, or lemon flower honey (but regular raw honey works too if you can find it – maybe boost with some Elderflower cordial) – use 2 if you like things on the sweeter side
- 1 small lemon
- Plenty of ice cubes
- Brew your tea. For green tea, use water that is no hotter than 80 C˚ (175 F˚). To get water to this temperature, wait a couple minutes after it has boiled, or, if you are heating it on the stove, you know it will have reached 80 C˚ once it starts to steam heavily.
- Green tea usually steeps for no longer than 2-3 minutes. Any longer than this, and it will get bitter.
- Melt the honey in the tea, then let cool.
- Cut the lemon into half, and cut one half into slices.
- Combine the teas with the juice, add the dried flowers and the lemon slices.
- Squeeze in the juice from the half lemon.
- Put the tea in the fridge for a couple hours to make the flavors mingle.
- Serve with ice cubes and enjoy!