Top 5 Benefits of Jasmine Tea | Tenzo Tea
There’s something really special about floral teas—jasmine tea, in particular, has one of the sweetest and strongest aromas. But the best thing about jasmine is that it does more than make the tea fragrant!
The jasmine itself offers benefits. Jasmine is more than just a pretty smell. It’s a tea that many will appreciate for its unique combination of heart-healthy compounds, abundant antioxidants, natural stress relief, and metabolic boost.
What Is Jasmine Tea?
Jasmine tea is a scented variety of green tea. When the green tea leaves are harvested, they’re dried with jasmine flowers. The flowers are replaced periodically during the drying process, constantly infusing fresh layers of jasmine flavor and aroma to the tea.
Jasmine tea likely originated somewhere around the Himalayas. Traditional Chinese medicine often involved the use of teas, and jasmine has always been considered a medicinal flower. Combining the two together was likely an attempt at making a wellness brew. That’s exactly how the Ming Dynasty used jasmine tea for almost 300 years.
1. Jasmine Tea May Benefit Your Heart
Jasmine tea is usually prepared with a green tea base, but it is sometimes prepared from black tea. Green and black tea both come from the plant camellia sinensis, which is packed with plant compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols can help prevent bad cholesterol from sticking to your arteries, potentially blocking them.
Increased green and black tea consumption (especially matcha tea!) is linked to better heart health and may significantly lower your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Of course a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats are the foundation for a happy heart. But jasmine tea could be the icing on your healthy heart cake, so sip away!
2. Jasmine Tea Is an Aromatic Stress Reliever
Jasmine is often used in aromatherapy to promote a better mood. Aromatherapy works, in part, by providing a positive distraction to the brain. Focusing on strong, pleasant smells allows the mind to enter a more meditative state. When you’re focused on a gentle and positive sensation, you may become less aware of negative sensations or feelings that may otherwise be clouding your mind.
Inhaling jasmine has a positive effect on the nervous system. It may alter brain activity to produce better mood, increasing alertness and even stimulating the libido. This energizing boost to the mood may help mitigate feelings associated with depression, like lethargy and emotional distress.
Jasmine is not a replacement for proper mental health care, but it may serve as a valuable complementary tool to improve mood and inspire relaxation through aromatherapy.
3. Jasmine Tea Contains Natural Antioxidants
Your body’s cells are damaged by things called free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons that are on a mission to steal electrons from the healthy cells in your body, causing cellular damage. This process is called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by natural metabolic processes, like too much stress, unhealthy eating habits, aging, and even intense exercise. Environmental factors like pollution and smoke also cause oxidative stress. .
Your cells are weakened or damaged when there is an imbalance in the body of too many free radicals and not enough antioxidants. This can make you old before your time and lead to a slew of health problems.
Antioxidants combat oxidative stress and fight free radicals. Since camellia sinensis tea is loaded with antioxidants, it can help to protect all of the cells in your body from the damage of free radicals.
4. Jasmine May Support Reproductive Health
Jasmine tea may offer some unique benefits to women who have irregular periods. Jasmine is what’s known in herbal medicine as an emmenagogue. Emmenagogues are substances that can stimulate the menstrual cycle or increase its flow. Women with irregular cycles, as well as women who experience menstrual bloating, may find that relief comes in the form of a cup of jasmine tea.
Jasmine shouldn’t be used by pregnant women unless they are actively in labor. Jasmine can help to stimulate contractions, potentially speeding up the process of delivering a baby. Some women use jasmine tea to help them recover after childbirth, stimulating final contractions and naturally eliminating the remnants of pregnancy-related tissues and fluids that may linger after the baby is born.
5. Jasmine Tea Stimulates Your Metabolism
Jasmine tea made from green tea is rich in catechins, specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG has been shown to provide a small boost to the metabolism. Although this boost is modest, any boost to the metabolism can help the body produce and effectively use its own natural energy.
This boost to your metabolism may be helpful before you workout. You want your body to be able to efficiently utilize its fat stores to power your workout, helping to manage your weight. When your metabolism is running smoothly, your body is more efficient at utilizing its natural sources of energy.
What Is the Tea with the Most Benefits?
All tea from the camellia sinensis plant, no matter the flavor or aroma, offers significant benefits. This tea plant is packed with the goodness your body needs to support many important systems. That being said, one kind of tea from the camellia sinensis plant is cultivated to preserve as many of those benefits as possible. That tea is matcha.
Why Matcha Is Better For You
Matcha is grown from the same kind of plant that jasmine tea is grown from. The plant is treated specially during its cultivation and prepared differently for consumption. These differences boost the tea’s ability to deliver beneficial antioxidants to your body.
The Plant is Grown to Protect the Nutrients
When camellia sinensis is used to produce matcha, it’s grown in the shade. The shelter from direct sunlight prevents the leaves from changing their balance of antioxidant-rich chlorophyll and caffeine. The leaves retain their vibrant green color, naturally sweet taste, moisture, and integrity.
The Caffeine in Matcha Is Gentler Than The Caffeine in Coffee or Other Teas
Matcha provides a modest energy boost from its healthy dose of caffeine, which is coupled with the amino acid L-Theanine to provide steady energy without giving you jitters or causing a caffeine crash. It’s the perfect morning coffee or energy drink alternative for a gentle and steady start to your day.
It’s the Only Tea You Actually Drink
All other tea, including jasmine tea, is used to infuse water. The tea is placed in a bag, sachet, or infuser. It’s allowed to steep in hot water, flavoring it and passing on a significant amount of its benefits. Matcha is completely different.
Matcha leaves are harvested by hand, sorted, graded, and ground into a very fine powder. This powder is mixed with water to create the tea. When you drink matcha, you’re consuming whole tea leaves. None of the benefits are left behind and tossed away in a teabag.
More tea means more benefits from that tea. Your body is able to use every part of the leaves. That’s why matcha tea contains up to 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. Nothing goes to waste.
How Preparing Matcha Is Different From Preparing Other Teas
The flavor and strength of matcha are consistent from cup to cup because you don’t steep it.. You simply place half a teaspoon full of concentrated matcha into your water and blend the water with the tea using an electric mixer or special whisk.
Because matcha is a concentrate, it’s a lot more like espresso. Matcha can be used to make lattes, smoothies, milkshakes, or even baked goods. It’s just as easy to eat matcha as it is to drink matcha, so you’re able to enjoy its benefits even if you don’t like sipping your tea from a cup.
If you’re looking for a tea to provide your body with the most benefits, look no further than matcha. Tenzo’s Trial Kit provides you with everything you need to start preparing matcha tea at home. Matcha is simple to prepare and ready in moments. You can have a cup of matcha in less time than it takes for the coffee machine to brew a pot.
Our ceremonial grade matcha is grown in Kagoshima, Japan, by a tea master whose family has been cultivating teas for hundreds of years. Every leaf is hand-harvested, specially selected, and sorted. Only the very best nutrient-rich tea leaves will ultimately become a part of our matcha. Quality and authenticity are things we take very seriously. Get more benefits from your tea with matcha.