Even if you couldn’t name it, you’re probably familiar with the taste of jasmine. One of the most popular flavors on the market, jasmine green tea is often served at Chinese restaurants and is often the beverage that plants a seed of curiously about the world of tea in customers who try it for the first time.
Green tea alone is packed with health benefits long-lived cultures around the world, but particularly in East Asia, are known for their love of the beverage. The high concentration of antioxidants in green tea seem help to stave off heart disease and cancer cells, and some believe it even helps with swollen joints and painful arthritic symptoms. In addition, the simple act of drinking a cup of hot tea lowers stress levels and anxiety and allows the drinker to be more present in the moment.
But add in jasmine, and you’ve got a real superstar beverage on your hands. The delicate, distinctive flower does so much more than look and smell pretty and as it flavors the tea it also imparts some special benefits of its own.
The scent of jasmine has calming properties and has throughout history been used as a stress reliever and antidepressant. Some believe that it also helps with upset stomach, irritable bowel syndrome, and earlier recovery from mild ailments. Regardless of whether or not you’re looking for health benefits, jasmine tea is an ideal partner for the unique flavor of green tea. When steeping the loose leaves, remember that the darker the color the stronger the tea, and that honey, milk and sugar are all great additions.
To your good health!