June 10, 2019
The Healing Benefits of Jasmine Tea
As if you needed more reasons to drink this delicious tea
Photo courtesy of @Leo/Twenty20
By Shelby Deering
writer for The Natural
As an avid tea drinker, I not only search for flavors that are amazing — I’m looking for tastes and aromas that can transport me to lovely places, too. For example, whenever I inhale the floral scent of jasmine tea, I’m instantly transported to one of my favorite beach locales where the smell of jasmine wafts in the balmy air.
Jasmine green tea is a popular variety among my fellow tea enthusiasts, but you can also find it flavoring black and oolong teas. Originating in China, the tea has been around for centuries, and it turns out that those who first came up with the flavor during the Ming Dynasty were onto something. Jasmine tea not only smells and tastes incredible — it’s also good for health and wellbeing.
If you’re not already a jasmine tea devotee, here are four reasons that might convince you to drink a daily cup or two.
It’s Very Calming
The aroma of jasmine tea acts as a scent memory for me, bringing to mind images of sun-drenched vacations. But I’ve also found the smell to be very soothing, and there are studies that prove this fact. One study confirmed that simply inhaling the smell of jasmine tea has a calming, sedative effect on the nervous system.
It Can Lower Cholesterol
When you drink tea, you probably aren’t thinking about its ability to lower cholesterol or impact your cardiovascular system, but jasmine tea happens to carry both of these properties. According to one study, jasmine tea was found to have significant “liver cholesterol lowering effects” while another says that although more study is needed, jasmine tea shows promise to lower lipids and other cardiovascular disease risks.
It Has Tons of Antioxidants
Antioxidants are potent little chemicals in the body that can do a lot of good, mainly in the form of protecting our bodies from free radicals (this can include pollution, smoke, and alcohol). Study after study has pointed to proof that jasmine green tea is loaded with antioxidants, directly delivering protective properties to membranes and keeping free radicals at bay.
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