Jasmine flowers are some of the most pleasing scented flowers in the world. Just inhaling the beautifully floral perfume of those delicate white blossoms is enough to relax you and put you in a positive frame of mind, but they, and jasmine tea, also contain healing properties.
- Jasmine tea has been popular for centuries, not only for its subtle flavours, but for its fantastic health benefits. Usually made with a green tea base, jasmine tea is said to help with weight loss, protect against brain diseases as well as protecting your heart.
Jasmine tea is one of the most popular green tea blends in the world today, and with so many amazing health benefits, it’s easy to see why. Let’s be honest; we’d drink it just for the unique scent!
We’ve taken a closer look at how drinking jasmine tea could give you a healthy boost.
The jasmine plant
Jasmine plants are grown all over the world for their stunning flowers and beautiful fragrance. However, originally, Jasmine, or Jasminum, was found in Australia and across some parts of Asia. There are over 200 different varieties of jasmine, but the most popular has small white flowers and smells like a dream.
The plant is a kind of shrub or vine and can grow to be huge! Think several metres high and even wider. They are a climbing plant so can be used to cover fences and walls. Although the plant itself is enormous, it has very small, delicate white flowers which bloom in clusters.
The jasmine plant actually produces berries that turn black with ripeness. However, the berries are usually poisonous, so they shouldn’t be eaten. Only Sambac Jasmine, known as Arabian Jasmine, has edible berries.
- The name jasmine comes from the old Persian word Yasameen, which means “a gift from God” because it smells so good it must have been a present from above.
Location and distribution
Nowadays, you can find jasmine pretty much everywhere. It’s very popular in gardens across America and Europe. There are even some native species that have popped up in the Mediterranean and in South America. Some species are considered native but were imported so long ago that we simply assume they are native.
In some places, the new species are considered invasive because they grow to be so large. For example, Brazilian Jasmine and Gold Coast Jasmine are much less welcome in gardens because they tend to take over. In Australia, White Jasmine, otherwise called Jasminum polyanthum, is considered an invasive weed.
Jasmine is a very popular plant because of its beautiful flowers, which smell incredible. The plant can grow to be massive, which, in some places, makes it an invasive plant. The plant is native to Australia and Asia but is found worldwide.
Jasmine over the ages
Today, you can find all sorts of teas, including cacao tea and chilli tea. Jasmine is one of the oldest teas, though it remains one of the most popular. Nowadays, there are hundreds of different blends of jasmine tea, but the original was a jasmine green tea that was produced in China.
As far as we know, jasmine tea, made with a blend of either green or white tea leaves, was first recorded in China over 2,000 years ago. It was pretty impressive considering the plant was native to China then, so they had to import the flower from neighbouring countries. Although once they realised how amazing it was, they quickly began growing it and now it is considered native to China.
Jasmine, specifically for tea, began being exported from China to the West in the 1600s, and it’s been a big deal ever since. Once the rest of the world realised how fantastic it was, it began to be exported around the world.
Before the 1600s, people in Europe and across North and South America still used jasmine, although they tended to use the oil in herbal remedies, and as a flavouring for soaps and perfumes.
Jasmine in Chinese culture
Jasmine may be famous around the world, but it is especially popular in China. This is because in traditional Chinese culture you should offer a cup of jasmine tea to welcome a guest. And it is important to serve and drink the tea in a traditional tea ceremony.
This means there is a particular way to drink jasmine tea, and to refuse it could cause great offence. So when in China, if it is offered to you, it’s best to drink it.
Furthermore, the jasmine flower itself has cultural meanings in China. It is often thought to represent heaven because it smells. . . heavenly!
Jasmine tea is one of the world’s oldest teas. It became popular in China around 2,000 years ago, despite not being native to the area. In China, it has a particular cultural meaning because it is used to welcome people into your home. The tea became popular in other parts of the world during the 1600s after being exported from China.
Turning flowers into tea
To make jasmine tea, tea leaves are harvested in spring and then stored until the jasmine is ready. In late summer, when jasmine is in bloom, the flowers are harvested in the morning while they are closed. Unusually, jasmine flowers bloom at night, so the tea scenting happened in the evening and overnight.
To make the tea fragrant, the tea leaves and jasmine are either mixed together or placed into alternating layers. The tea then absorbs the scent from the jasmine because the tea has been dried over the previous months, and the jasmine is fresh and moist.
The result is a stunning blend of healthy jasmine tea.
Types of jasmine tea
Jasmine tea is made from a blend of jasmine flowers paired with tea leaves. By far, the most common and popular blend uses green tea leaves, but you can also find lots of white tea blends and even a few black tea blends.
As well as different blends, there are different jasmine types. Jasmine tea made in the Chinese province of Fujian is considered the best in the world, which means it also the most expensive! The area has a flat river basin surrounded by mountains which creates a perfect environment for the jasmine.
- So much incredible jasmine tea is made in Fujian that the tea produced there is officially recognised by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System”.
But you can find other types made in Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Zhejiang. There is also a version made in Japan, where they call it sanpin-cha.
Jasmine tea is made from a blend of jasmine flowers with either green, white or black tea. The tea scenting is done at night, which is when the jasmine flowers are open. Jasmine tea, made in the province of Fujian, China, is considered the best in the world.
The health benefits of jasmine tea
Jasmine tea is very popular because of its delicate, floral flavours and its beautiful scent. It’s famous, it’s popular, but it’s also very good for you. It is widely recognised that drinking just one cup of this particular tea each day can have a vast range of health benefits.
Furthermore, it contains no sugar, no fat, no carbohydrates and no calories. This makes it super healthy to have daily without worrying about putting on weight.
In fact, it is excellent for weight loss as it provides you with lots of vitamins and minerals without being high in calories.
It helps protect your heart, slows signs of ageing, prevents diabetes, and even helps you sleep. Drinking it is also a great way to reduce stress, and with such a beautiful perfume, we have to agree!
Jasmine tea is considered to be super healthy because it contains a range of beneficial nutrients and minerals, but it doesn’t contain any sugars or fats. It’s also calorie-free making it excellent for weight loss.
Might help manage diabetes
In Australia alone, over 1.2 million people live with diabetes. Globally, almost 500 million people have diabetes. It can be a complex condition to manage and can greatly impact how you live your daily life.
Diabetes is when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or produces too much. Insulin is the hormone responsible for moving sugar into your blood. Getting the balance right can be challenging for some people.
Jasmine tea can be used to help people with Type 2 diabetes manage their condition. The tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which improves how your body handles insulin. This can help reduce blood sugar levels, avoid spikes in glucose levels, and regulate levels over an extended period of time. Just a few cups a day can help naturally manage conditions like diabetes.
Furthermore, early studies show that even if you don’t have diabetes, drinking jasmine green tea could help prevent you from getting it in the future. If your body can effectively manage its insulin levels and blood sugar levels, you are less likely to develop a condition like Type 2 diabetes.
Drinking a few cups of jasmine tea every day can help control blood sugar levels making it easier to manage type 2 diabetes. It can help prevent you from developing diabetes at a later stage.
May help protect your heart
Heart disease is a silent killer, so doing everything you can to help fight it is so important. The good news is that by simply having one cup of jasmine tea a day, you could be helping to protect your heart and your health in the future.
Jasmine tea is full of plant polyphenols which we know are amazing at helping to keep your heart healthy. The polyphenols help remove bad cholesterol from your bloodstream and reduce stress on your heart. This stops it from overworking, which is a very good thing because an overworked heart might stop working altogether!
The polyphenols also help prevent existing cholesterol from oxidising. Oxidised cholesterol can clog up your arteries leading to heart issues and perhaps a heart attack. It can also lower the level of triglycerides, which also help keep your heart in top form.
- As well as helping prevent heart disease, evidence strongly suggests jasmine tea can help lower your chances of having a stroke.
Overall, studies found that drinking just one cup a day could significantly lower your risk of heart disease in the future. So, even if you don’t have heart disease now, or you don’t struggle with cholesterol, drinking jasmine tea could mean you stay healthy as you age.
Jasmine tea contains plant polyphenols which can help lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease and lower the chances of having a heart attack or a stroke. Just one cup a day is enough to help prevent heart disease.
Could aid weight loss
Part of the reason jasmine tea remains so incredibly popular around the world is because of its weight loss benefits. Losing weight is hard, but this is a tea that can be a natural, safe way to lose weight and actually keep it off.
Jasmine contains both catechins and caffeine, both of which help with weight loss by boosting metabolism. Studies have shown that a cup a day can help increase how much energy you use by as much as 5%. Furthermore, it kick starts the process in your body that oxidises fat cells, meaning you can lose fat up to 16% more efficiently.
Green tea based jasmine tea can also increase thermogenesis. This is the process by which your body makes heat and keeps you warm. Even a slight increase in this system results in more fat burning. Combined with the boosted metabolism and fat oxidisation, jasmine tea can help you lose weight without the need to increase your exercise levels or go on a diet.
That’s pretty impressive and ideal if you don’t enjoy exercising.
Jasmine tea can give your body the extra push it needs to help you lose weight. Moreover, with an increased metabolic rate and thermogenesis, you will be able to keep the weight off. The effect the tea has on your body lasts much longer than the time it takes to digest the tea. You will continue to reap the benefits of the tea for a long time.
|Summary Jasmine tea can help boost your metabolism, increase your energy expenditure and thermogenesis. Combined, this means your body will be more effective at burning fat, losing weight and keeping the weight off.|
Might help prevent gum disease
Another, perhaps surprising, benefit of drinking jasmine tea daily is that it is great for oral health. Not many people know this, but just one cup a day can help beat gum disease and keep your mouth nice and healthy.
Gum disease, tooth decay and cavities may be the result of a bacterium we call Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria produces acid in your mouth, which can erode your teeth and cause gum damage. Luckily, early research shows that the catechins found in jasmine tea can help kill these bacteria. Additionally, the catechins can slow the acid production created by these bacteria meaning less tooth decay and a healthier mouth.
- One study even found that drinking green tea like jasmine tea was as effective at removing plaque build-up as a regular antiseptic mouthwash. And it certainly tastes better!
It is also mildly antibacterial, so it can help prevent infections. This not only keeps your mouth clean and healthy, but it can also stop diseases from entering your body through your mouth. This can lead to fewer illnesses like colds and flus, and help clear up throat infections and prevent sore throats.
One of the best things about the tea being antibacterial is that it can kill off any infection or bacteria causing bad breath. No more chewing gum and having mints every half hour. A cup of jasmine green tea every day is enough to keep your breath fresh all day.
|Summary Jasmine tea is mildly antibacterial, and the catechins in the tea help kill off harmful bacteria in the mouth. This means less chance of gum disease and tooth decay as well as fresh breath and fewer infections.|
May give your brain a boost
People often drink jasmine tea to help them focus. Drinking tea is usually a calming activity, especially when it smells like jasmine, so people often drink it to help them achieve a state of blissful calmness. But it has very stimulating properties which can help activate parts of your brain to keep you focused, attentive and more alert.
To begin with, jasmine green tea contains a small amount of caffeine. This is just enough to give your brain a slight buzz, but not enough to provide you with the annoying crash you get with coffee. The caffeine can stimulate your brain and nervous system, helping speed up signals in your body. This is what makes you feel alert and awake.
Some studies even suggest that small amounts of caffeine can push your brain to produce increased amounts of both dopamine and serotonin. Both of these hormones help make you feel happy, alert and ready to tackle anything. It can also improve your memory and recall.
Finally, it contains a specific amino acid called L-theanine. When ingested, this tricks your body into producing higher amounts of something called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It’s all very technical, but the short version is that this GABA makes your brain very calm and relaxed, but also hyper-focused and attentive. Ideal for long working days when you don’t want to deal with a coffee crash.
And protect your brain
As well as helping to give your brain an energy boost, regularly drinking jasmine tea may also help protect your brain as you get older. As we age, we become prone to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Jasmine green tea has an exceptionally high concentration of a type of catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In studies, EGCG has demonstrated that it can help slow the impact free radicals have on our brains. Free radicals and the damage they do to our brain cells is a crucial factor in neurological disease.
Furthermore, the same EGCG compound might help keep all the proteins in your brain in good shape. As we age, the proteins in our brain that form our neurotransmitters and send messages get folded and crushed and tangled and distorted. You can literally get your wires crossed!
EGCG can help prevent this, which means your brain will be firing all the right signals at the right time.
Jasmine tea has a massive effect on your brain. In the short term, it can give it a boost, making you feel relaxed and focused. It can improve memory and recall as well as increasing attentiveness. In the long run, it might even help protect against age-related neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Could reduce risk of cancer
Although there isn’t a whole load of research on the whys and the hows, some studies have found that drinking jasmine tea can lower your risk of getting certain cancers.
Firstly, the antioxidant properties in the tea can be a huge help in fighting cell damage. With healthy cells, you are much less likely to develop cancer because your body is effective at fighting the free radicals and toxins that can cause cancer.
But more than just helping to keep your cells healthy, studies have shown that something in jasmine tea actively kills certain types of cancer cells. Researchers discovered the plant polyphenols found in tea, in particular epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), killed cancer cells in test studies performed on tumour growths. This means that jasmine tea could be responsible for slowing down the growth of existing cancers.
More early research found that jasmine green tea polyphenols are good at helping slow the spread of cancer cells in the bladder. However, more research needs to be done on this. Another study found that drinking as many as ten cups of jasmine green tea a day could help fight colon cancer. And then even more research has found positive signs for people suffering from prostate cancer and breast cancer.
Although it’s still early days, almost every study done so far has been positive or. at the very least, neutral. This means that adding jasmine tea to your regular diet certainly won’t hurt you, and it could help prevent you from getting cancer in the future.
Early studies show that drinking jasmine tea could help prevent cancer from forming in your body. Further research shows it may slow the spread of existing cancers by killing cancer cells.
May help you fall asleep
It might seem contradictory since jasmine green tea contains caffeine, but research suggests that despite this, it can help you fall asleep at night.
Firstly, the mild aroma of jasmine tea is so amazing that inhaling the scent while you drink the tea is incredibly calming. But actually drinking it also helps us relax. Although it contains small amounts of caffeine, which help us focus, it also has catechins, which help us feel calm. This can prevent feelings of anxiety, stress and help to stop us overthinking, all things which often prevent us from sleeping well at night.
- Because jasmine tea makes us both calm and alert, it can be a great drink to have if you read before going to sleep. The tea will keep you focused on your book, while relaxing you and making you feel sleepy.
If you want double benefits, you can use jasmine essential oil as an aromatherapy tool to help you sleep. All the benefits of the beautiful fragrance of jasmine, without the caffeine. Of course, if you drink one that uses a white tea base, there is almost no caffeine, making it the best type of tea to help you sleep at night.
Jasmine tea can help keep you focused, yet relaxed before bed. This prevents stress and anxiety from keeping you awake. The delicate scent of the tea can also help you relax and forget about work.
Can help slow the signs of ageing
Jasmine tea, like many teas, is full of antioxidants. Jasmine tea contains a specific plant-based antioxidant known as polyphenols, which can help protect your body against free radicals.
Your body takes in toxins and harmful substances every day, from alcohol and smoking to chemicals in creams, cleaning products, and air pollution. All these things build up in your body and cause damage to your cells.
The damage to your cells can make you look older. Damaged skin cells show up as wrinkles, fine lines, dull skin, breakouts and discolouration. So, helping fight free radicals is important if you want to look younger for longer.
The antioxidants in jasmine tea seek out free radicals in your body and destroy them. This can help slow signs of ageing in the skin. Just one cup a day is enough to keep your antioxidant level high.
The antioxidants work on a cellular level, so they keep your skin healthy from the inside out. With healthy skin cells, free of free radicals and other toxins, your skin will be fresher, plumper and more glowing.
Could protect against ageing on the inside
As well as helping you stay looking young and beautiful, antioxidants play an essential role in keeping you healthy as you age. The polyphenols in jasmine tea, called catechins, are especially good at helping keep your heart and brain healthy.
The catechins have the added benefit of being anti-inflammatory. This makes them good at everything from dealing with joint pain, reducing swelling in pimples to lowering your risk of heart diseases.
Jasmine tea contains a specific type of antioxidants called polyphenols, in particular, catechins. These help slow signs of ageing in the skin, promoting a youthful glow while also helping keep your body healthy on the inside.
Jasmine tea is one of the oldest and most popular types of tea in the world, the bulk of which comes from China, where it holds cultural significance.
For the rest of the world, jasmine tea is a delicious floral drink with a whole heap of health benefits. People consume it for weight loss, and many choose jasmine tea instead of coffee to help them focus and stay alert without having to deal with a post-coffee crash.
The tea can also help protect against gum disease, heart diseases, strokes, neurological diseases, and it can help manage conditions like diabetes. It really is an incredible tea.
The smell of jasmine tea is a massive part of the appeal because it has such an intense, exotic fragrance. The light, sweet flavours pair well with other teas and make jasmine tea popular as both a green tea and a white tea.
We’d love to know if you choose to drink jasmine tea regularly. Do you prefer a green tea or white tea base for your jasmine tea? Have you noticed any of the health benefits we mentioned above? Let us know in the comments!
Bonus: How we love to drink jasmine tea
Iced Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea is usually a really warming, cosy drink. But sometimes, in a hot Australian summer, you might not want to drink warm tea. Since jasmine has such a delicate, floral taste, it also makes an excellent iced summer drink. This iced jasmine tea recipe is one of our all-time favourites for those sweltering days where warm tea just won't do the job.
- 30 g jasmine tea
- 60 g fresh mint leaves
- 120 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 litre boiling water
- 1 litre cold water
- 1 tbsp honey
Add the jasmine tea to the litre of boiling water and allow it to brew for a minimum of 3 minutes. For a more robust flavour, allow brewing for up to 6 minutes.
After a minute, add the mint leaves.
Once you have your desired flavour, strain out the tea leaves and mint, keeping the water.
Stir in the lemon juice and honey to taste. We like two teaspoons of honey.
Add the cold water and place it in the fridge.
Chill for at least two hours before serving over ice.
Add more mint for decoration if you like.
Is drinking jasmine tea good for you?
Drinking jasmine tea is very good for you. There is a whole range of health benefits from having at least one cup a day. It can help protect your brain and your heart as you age. Studies show it may also help fight against some cancers and prevent gum disease, assist with weight loss and manage diabetes.
What does jasmine smell like?
Jasmine flowers have a very potent, distinctive perfume, which makes them very popular. The tea has a similar scent to the flowers, only slightly lighter. Jasmine tea has a floral scent that has intense, rich undertones. Jasmine has a rather intoxicating scent. The plant grows well in warm climates and opens at night, so people often describe the smell as exotic and sensual. Some even consider just the scent of jasmine to be an aphrodisiac.
What does jasmine tea taste like?
The taste of jasmine tea can vary massively depending on the type of jasmine and the type of tea. Most jasmine tea is made with green tea, which does give it some flavour. In addition, it has a sweet, floral taste from the jasmine flowers. It isn’t overpowering and makes a lovely light tea.
Some white jasmine tea has an even lighter flavour and is much more floral as well as being sweeter. Jasmine green tea has a rounder, fuller flavour.
Are there side effects to drinking jasmine tea?
Jasmine tea is generally very safe. Although there is no set limit on how much you can have, some people drink up to ten cups a day without side effects. Pregnant women should avoid consuming this amount as they should limit caffeine.
Is there caffeine in jasmine tea?
Jasmine tea usually has a green tea base. This means that, yes, there is caffeine in it, like all green teas. However, it is a minimal amount of caffeine, so it doesn’t give the same high or the same crash as drinking coffee.
When jasmine tea is made with white tea leaves, there is even less caffeine. Jasmine tea made from black tea leaves will have a higher amount of caffeine, but still not as much as coffee.
Can you drink jasmine tea every day?
In general, you can safely drink jasmine tea every day without any worries. In fact, drinking it daily is the best way to ensure you get all the benefits from the tea. Herbalists recommend you have at least one or two cups a day. Some people think you can have as many as eight cups a day without any adverse reactions, but we would advise caution.
Is jasmine tea green tea?
Usually yes. Jasmine tea is made by scenting tea leaves, usually green tea leaves, with jasmine flowers. However, you can find jasmine tea made with white tea leaves, black tea leaves or even rooibos.
Is jasmine tea good for your skin?
It is thought to be very good for your skin. As well as being a great way to stay hydrated, jasmine tea contains lots of antioxidants which can help stop signs of ageing. Jasmine tea can help protect your skin from wrinkles, dullness, discolouration and breakouts. In addition, the tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it great for calming angry skin.
Can I make jasmine tea from jasmine flowers in my garden?
Jasmine tea is made by allowing jasmine flowers to infuse either green or white tea leaves. To make jasmine tea from your own flowers, you would need to buy plain green tea or white tea and follow the same process. Because the tea is dried and the flowers fresh, you would need to re-dry the tea leaves.
The process is time-consuming and complicated. Although there is no reason why you shouldn’t make your own jasmine tea, people usually prefer to buy it ready-made.