Jasmine green tea; for some it’s just a pleasant drink for after dinner, for others it could be a potential remedy for a health problem. In our short but comprehensive guide, we’re going to take you through the nutritional value and medicinal properties of jasmine tea!
Whether it’s white tea or green, adding jasmine petals or essential oils can greatly impact how it tastes and affects you. From aiding weight loss to soothing anxiety and depression, jasmine has powerful effects as an aromatherapeutic ingredient.
The key is to drink it in moderation! Keep reading to find out how drinking just a few small cups a day could benefit your health.
Jasmine tea is primarily made of green tea leaves with either jasmine essential oils infused, or jasmine petals scattered through it. The traditional and more labor-intensive process of creating jasmine tea is to let the blooming jasmine flowers infuse with the tea leaves at night, stirring them constantly, then remove them. You’re left with green tea that’s infused with the aroma and flavor of the petals.
The less labor extensive (and therefore cheaper) way of creating jasmine tea is to simply combine picked jasmine petals with green tea. Although this is an inferior way of producing the tea (the jasmine can add a little bitterness when the petals are left in the blend) it will have better health benefits, as the nutrients locked in the jasmine petals will infuse into your cup along with the green tea.
Jasmine Nutritional Value
There’s not been a great deal of research into the nutritional value of jasmine. As such a small amount of jasmine is used in jasmine green tea, it’s not going to add any calories or significant levels of vitamins or minerals. What does bring, however, is a mix of antioxidants and natural compounds that have a wide range of health benefits.
Often, just inhaling the aroma is enough to benefit from jasmine petals! Consuming it with nutritious green tea (read more about the health benefits of green tea in our guide) is the best way to make sure you absorb all the benefits listed below.
11 Benefits of Jasmine Tea
1. Weight Loss
Jasmine green tea can be used as part of a healthy, balanced diet to help you lose weight and stay hydrated. The green tea can speed up your metabolism, helping you to burn off calories quicker.
Jasmine green tea is also a very low-calorie drink, with approximately 1kcal per 100g of green tea. So, feel free to drink jasmine green tea whenever you’re craving a sugary soft drink or snack. The jasmine aroma and flavor are naturally slightly sweet! Try drinking one jasmine green tea in the morning and one during the early evening hours/night time, to see how you get on.
2. Guard Your Stomach
Jasmine green tea can solve some of your digestion/stomach problems, due to its antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory jasmine petals. The green tea antioxidants interact with the enzymes in your digestive system, helping to promote a healthy bowel function.
Just be aware that drinking jasmine green tea, which is slightly acidic (More: Is Tea Acidic?), on an empty stomach can actually cause stomach pain! The best time to drink jasmine green tea is 30 minutes or more after finishing a meal. Keep reading to discover the other, limited, side effects of jasmine green tea.
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3. Prevent Diabetes
Jasmine green tea can actually prevent diabetes in healthy individuals when consumed regularly. It’s also good for managing diabetes as it reverses the effects diabetic conditions have on specific serum proteins.
Losing weight can also help you to control your diabetes if you are overweight. So, jasmine green tea is an excellent healthy drink to switch to from sugary drinks, especially as it’s naturally sweet and delicate without added sugar. Always consult your doctor about how to manage your diabetes before self-medicating, even with jasmine green tea. Changing your lifestyle will have a more positive effect than jasmine tea will!
Research into how jasmine flowers and compounds derived from the flowers could be used to treat cancer is still ongoing.
What we do know, is that the green tea in jasmine tea can prevent cancer. The antioxidants found naturally in green tea can bind to and neutralise free radicals. It’s those free radicals that could go on to cause cell damage, speeding up the aging process and potentially causing cancer.
So, a cup of jasmine green tea every now and then could help you stay healthy and cancer-free for longer.
5. Ease Painful or Heavy Menstrual Cycles
Jasmine oil is particularly effective at balancing hormones and can even ease painful or heavy menstrual cycles. It can also improve the symptoms of PMS and speed up post-natal recovery. Consuming jasmine green tea is the best way to absorb the antioxidants and nutrients you need to improve PMS with jasmine essential oils.
Bear in mind that excess caffeine can make PMS cramps worse, so stick to jasmine green tea and other low-caffeine teas. Read our Guide to Caffeine in Green Tea to find out what the caffeine levels are in your favorite tea beverages.
6. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease
Green tea is known to improve heart health, but jasmine has some unique heart-healing properties too. In the short term, simply inhaling jasmine aroma (from jasmine green tea steam or just essential oils in your bath) can lower your heart rate and help you feel calm.
In the long term, flavonoids and antioxidants in the green tea leaves can prevent atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque in your arteries) and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Regular jasmine green tea consumption can help strengthen your heart and keep your arteries healthy for longer.
7. Jasmine Tea is Good for Skin
Jasmine and green tea are both rich in antioxidants that will revitalize your skin. They’re great for anti-aging skincare routines to keep your skin feeling fresh and youthful.
Both jasmine and green tea also have anti-inflammatory properties, so they soothe acne and skin blemishes as well as reduce redness. Consuming jasmine green tea is a good way to absorb the nutrients your skin needs but applying the jasmine tea topically will have a quicker/stronger effect.
Look for skincare products containing jasmine essential oils and green tea extract. Many Korean skincare brands use these natural ingredients to create cleansers, serums, and moisturizers.
8. Promote Hair Growth
Just like jasmine can help your skin and complexion, it can also help your scalp. The anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and moisturizing properties of jasmine oil make it great for flaky or irritated scalps. It’s also thought to strengthen the hair root and help hair feel thicker and smoother. Jasmine essential oil is popular with frizzy/curly-haired individuals as it moisturizes without weighing down your hair and reducing the volume.
The vitamin B in green tea could also be beneficial for your hair and promote hair growth. You can consume the jasmine green tea or try using it with other ingredients (avocado, egg white, almond milk, etc.) to create a jasmine green tea hair mask.
9. Ideal for Insomniacs
Jasmine oil is a relaxant that can help you sleep, however, green tea contains caffeine which keeps you awake – so can jasmine tea help with insomnia?
We believe that it can for 2 reasons. The first is that the caffeine in green tea is low. It’s at 30mg per cup, which is very little and for most people isn’t enough to keep them awake at night. It also contains amino acid L-theanine which keeps you calm and focused.
So, the aromatherapeutic, nerve-calming benefits of jasmine oil combined with the anti-anxiety, calming properties of green tea, make it a great beverage to try when you’re suffering insomnia.
More: The Best Tea for Sleep
Jasmine green tea and anxiety are sometimes good, sometimes bad. In small amounts (1 or 2 cups per day) the L-theanine and caffeine in green tea can ease anxiety and help you feel calm and alert. Drink a large amount of caffeine regularly (over 200mg of caffeine per day) and it can actually cause anxiety.
Inhaling jasmine scents, whether it’s through essential oils or jasmine green tea, can calm your state of mind, especially if you have generalised anxiety disorder.
So, drinking a cup of jasmine tea and inhaling the aromatic steam can be a great way to soothe your anxiety in high-stress situations or at the end of a long day.
11. Reduce Depression
Aromatherapy, including jasmine aromatherapy with jasmine oils, has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression. Jasmine essential oils can improve your mood, making you feel more energetic, focused and even romantic. Massaging jasmine oils into your skin and breathing in the steam from jasmine oil-infused green tea are effective ways of using jasmine to ease depressive symptoms.
Jasmine candles, soaps, and bath oils are all popular items to help you relax.
Jasmine green tea, in particular, is good for depression due to the L-theanine that comes from the green tea leaves. This is an amino acid that helps you feel alert and calm.
The Side Effects of Jasmine Tea
Unless you’re allergic to jasmine, there aren’t any known negative side effects of consuming jasmine tea. If you’re allergic, you might experience hay fever-like symptoms when you smell the jasmine tea – a runny nose, itching eyes, etc.
The aromatherapeutic effects of jasmine, which are usually seen as a health benefit, could become a negative side effect if you’re drinking this green tea blend to stay awake! If you know that jasmine has a strong effect on you, making you feel drowsy or overly relaxed, you might want to avoid consuming it before driving.
The green tea in jasmine tea does have some known side effects, mostly from the caffeine. But there are also a few side effects you should be aware of:
- Nausea – sometimes the acidity, tannins, and polyphenols in tea can be a bit too strong on an empty stomach and occasionally cause feelings of nausea. This happens more often with black tea but can also occur with green tea. The best thing to do to avoid this side effect is to drink this tea after you eat – about 30 minutes after you finish a meal is a good time to drink jasmine green tea.
- Reduced iron intake – there’s some evidence that consuming green tea shortly after eating can prevent your body from absorbing iron effectively. One or two cups won’t affect you, but if you’re anemic you may want to wait an hour or so after taking your iron supplements or after a meal before you drink jasmine green tea.
Caffeine in Jasmine Tea
Jasmine petals, leaves and stalks don’t contain any caffeine. The caffeine in jasmine tea comes purely from the tea leaves. So, the average amounts of caffeine in an 8oz cup are:
- Jasmine green tea – 30mg of caffeine in 8oz
- Jasmine black tea – 50mg of caffeine in 8oz
For herbal jasmine blends where there’s no tea leaf present, there won’t be any caffeine at all.
Generally, consuming caffeine only has negative effects on your health when you consume it in large amounts (200mg, or about 7 cups of jasmine green tea, per day) and regularly for years. Anxiety, restlessness, and stomach upset could be caused by excessive caffeine consumption.
In the short term, consuming a large amount of caffeine (200mg+) could give you a headache or trouble sleeping if you’re sensitive to caffeine. But that’s all!
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Does Jasmine Tea Go Off?
If you store your tea correctly, it won’t go off.
Store your jasmine tea at room temperature, stored airtight and in the dark, then it will taste fresh and at its best for up to 2 years.
After that, it may start to taste stale. It will lose its fresh aroma and flavor. If you don’t store your tea in an airtight container, it will go stale far quicker. But even when stale, jasmine green tea is perfectly safe to consume and may still taste quite nice!
The only time you need to worry about your green tea going bad is if the tea leaves are exposed to moisture, then left stored in a damp, humid environment – perfect conditions for mould to grow.
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