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Tea is the elixir of life – Lao Tze
Are you a tea person? What’s your favorite tea? Tea lovers probably do not have a favorite tea; it all depends on the occasion, although certainly one can favor a certain brand. Jasmine tea was always one of my favorite, due to its sensual and exotic aroma, and given its numerous health benefits.
In this post, I am going to share all the reasons why you should consider drinking jasmine tea.
What do you know about Jasmine tea?
You perhaps didn’t know that the history of jasmine tea goes back to third century AD when the plant was brought to China, where it wasn’t considered just a beverage, but a medicine. The popularity of jasmine tea grows during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) and this tea has been produced in China for more than 700 years.
Jasmine tea is a scented tea, and any kind of tea can be scented with jasmine.
What are the health benefits of Jasmine tea?
It is a remedy, which improves circulation, and derby prevents arterial block, strokes, thrombosis, and blood clots.
Due to its sensual aroma, jasmine tea unlocks the sexual inhibitions, as well as it was shown that a cup of jasmine tea triggers the secretion of sex hormones.
#1. Reduces anxiety and tension
Researchers concluded that it is good for reducing anxiety and tension. The smell of the jasmine tea has a unique, sedative-like effect on people. The aroma of the tea reduces the heart rate, which makes a person calmer and relaxed. Also have an influence on reducing muscle and joint pain.
Also, it’s good for chronic back pain, it offers stress-free experience.
Jasmine tea also acts as an antidepressant. It is good for people with low level of confidence, and those who change their moods easily and have occasional depressive episodes in behavior.
#2. Slows down the aging process
The tea is the perfect beverage for maintaining a clear and glowing complexion. Due to the rich amount of antioxidants, jasmine tea protects the body from damage caused by free radicals, and slows down the aging process.
#3. Boost immune system and prevents allergies
As any other tea, jasmine specific flavor and aroma along with the rich amount of antioxidants, keep the colds and allergies away.
Antioxidants fight bacteria, and boost immune system, preventing any kind of allergies. Thus it is especially good medicine when the first symptoms of the cold appear.
#4. Reduces the cholesterol levels
Catechins in green tea lower the cholesterol and triglyceride level in the body according to a study conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1999.
The study, however, was carried out on hamsters, but researchers concluded that jasmine green tea reduced the amounts of dietary fat and cholesterol absorbed by the body.
More studies need to confirm these findings, but it appears that jasmine tea has a great potential to help reduce the cholesterol levels.
#5. Weight loss aid
Jasmine tea is a well-known weight loss aid . It is a powerful drink that boosts metabolism and reduces fat cells. It can be included in the diet as a substitute for aerated drinks and those drinks that are high in calories.
Green jasmine tea is especially good given the amount of caffeine, another powerful compound that helps in weight loss.
The common and the most threatening consequence of stress and obesity is diabetes, and given that the jasmine tea relaxes the mind and even reduces the pain in the body, it has a positive impact on those parameters that trigger the type II diabetes. It can also help prevent the sugar levels misbalance.
#7. Sleep disorders
Sleep disorders are also one of the health problems whit what the jasmine tea can be of great help. However, while mild jasmine tea will induce sleep, a strong brew tea will wake you up. Therefore, a cup of mildly brew tea a half an hour before bed is a great way to have a good night’s sleep. The strong brewed tea also brings concentration and alertness.
#8. Antiseptic properties
Through history, jasmine tea is also known as a good antiseptic used to clean wounds from being infected.
#9. Soothes gastrointestinal upset
For upset stomach, a cup of jasmine tea mixed with a few slices of ginger is good to soothe gastrointestinal upset.
#9. Fighting cancer
Many studies have shown that jasmine tea has a great potential in fighting cancer by slowing down the growth of cancer cells.
Researchers concluded that the tea has shown benefits against prostate and breast cancer. Free radicals that develop in the body may turn into cancer cells, and by breaking those radicals off, it can prevent the formation of cancer cells.
How to make jasmine tea?
Brewing jasmine tea is very similar to brewing a regular tea. It is, however, the best if you use fresh jasmine flowers and leaves.
Usually what you need is one teaspoon of jasmine leaves for 1 ¼ of water (honey or sugar for taste). Boil the water at high flame (around 2 minutes) then add jasmine leaves and allow it to boil. Lower the flame and steep for another 2 to 3 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute, strain it and mix in the sweetener you wish.
You can also add lemon juice or black pepper powder to flavor it.
If you steep the mixture more than 5 minutes, it will be bitter.
The flowers scent should be pleasant, and it should not be artificially spiked.
The highest concentration of beneficial nutrients in green tea is in grade leaves made from young tea buds.
Given colder days are coming, the jasmine tea is the best protection against colds and allergies, and with such a sensual aroma, you won’t be able to refuse it.
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Last article update: 4/25/2019