As the tea industry grows in fame and popularity, people around the world have been trying out new and different types of tea. Be it the old-fashioned strong Black tea or the mild no-caffeine scented Herbal teas, this beverage has won over the heart of most people throughout the world.
Jasmine tea is one of those that lately, has become the favourite of many.
What is Jasmine tea?
Jasmine tea is a type of scented tea that typically contains Jasmine blossoms. Many times it consists of Green tea as its base but sometimes has some parts of Black and White teas in it as well. The combination of the Jasmine flowers and all the different types of teas gives it a beautiful blend of flavours and aroma. On the other hand, this tea is also found in its pure and natural blend where tea leaves are not added to it at all.
The Jasmine flowers are picked early in the morning when the flower petals are still tightly closed, retaining thus their fragrance. It is during the night that the petals open, releasing the fragrance and then the Jasmine tea preparation takes place. Generally, there are 2 methods for preparing and scenting the tea –
One method uses the alternative layering process, where the flower petals and tea leaves are placed in alternative layers. And in the other method, the Jasmine petals are blended with tea leaves and then stored overnight. Tea scenting processes take over 4 hours for the tea leaves to completely absorb the flavours and fragrance of the Jasmine flowers. The leaves absorb moisture too, so they have dried again before further processing or packaging.
Does Jasmine tea have caffeine?
The pure blends of Jasmine tea (which does not contain any other tea leaves) are all-time caffeine-free. But the tea blends that have Green, Black, or White tea leaves as an addition to the tea, are not caffeine-free. These caffeinated Jasmine tea blends usually contain 20 – 60 mg of caffeine per cup (depending upon the type of tea leaves mixed).
Mainly, the range is around 25 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce cup of Jasmine Green tea. And in the case of Jasmine Black tea, it is around 40 to 45 mg of caffeine per cup (because Black tea leaves have more caffeine than the rest). Jasmine White teas have the least amount of caffeine content as White tea leaves are the least caffeinated.
Whereas, the Jasmine teas that have more than one type of tea leaves will have a slightly higher amount of caffeine content. Jasmine Pearl teas are also caffeinated as they are high-quality Green teas that use Jasmine blossoms for their fragrance and flavour.
But again, Jasmine tea on its own has no caffeine at all so it makes for a nice rejuvenating, relaxing herbal infusion at any time of day!
The best and most famous Jasmine teas-
Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea-
It is very high quality and popular Jasmine Green tea. It is also known as Jasmine Pearl tea because during its processing the tea leaves and the Jasmine flowers are rolled into tight balls giving them the shape of pearls.
Jasmine Silver Needles-
It is second in position in terms of quality and popularity. It is also called White Tipped Jasmine tea because of the soft white tips of the delicate White tea leaves that are long and spindly in shape.
Loose Leaf Jasmine Green tea-
It is also known as Yin Hao Jasmine tea is another high-quality Jasmine tea best known for its flavour and aroma.
7 Health benefits of Jasmine teas
Because Jasmine tea is available both as natural blends as well as mixed blends, this tea has many health benefits to it, providing the benefits of Jasmine and Green/ White/Black teas.
Benefits of Antioxidants:
The plant-based compounds known as polyphenols have powerful antioxidant properties that the Jasmine Green teas are loaded with. These compounds protect the body by protecting the cells against free radical damage.
May help in weight loss:
Consumption of Jasmine Green tea regularly may help in increasing your metabolism, energy expenditure by 4 – 5%, and fat burning by 10 – 16%. The fat-burning properties of Jasmine teas are imbibed from the benefits of the Green tea leaves in them.
Good for the heart:
The antioxidants in this tea are also good for your heart health. The polyphenols that are found in the Jasmine Green teas, in some studies, have been able to protect the body from bad cholesterol from oxidizing (a process that increases the risk of heart diseases).
Good for oral health:
Jasmine Green teas are loaded with catechins – another group of antioxidants (polyphenols) that may help protect the teeth from decay or cavities by killing the concerning bacteria. It also decreases the problem of bad breath by killing the odour-causing bacteria.
In a study, 15 people were given a solution of Green tea catechins to rinse their mouths. This tea significantly stopped the bacteria Streptococcus mutans from producing excess acid, reducing tooth decay.
Another study revealed that using Green tea catechin based mouthwash for 1 week was as effective as using an antiseptic, therapeutic mouthwash.
The sweet flavours and high fragrances of Jasmine teas along with the caffeine properties are a good source to refresh the body, lessen lethargy, and fatigue. Be it early in the morning tea regimes or mid-day tea breaks, Jasmine teas can always freshen you up and make you merry.
The caffeine in Jasmine teas is a very good attention booster when consumed during the right time and in the right amount it can reduce sleepiness and improve your focus.
Improves brain function:
Jasmine along with Green tea, White tea, and Black tea properties have the ability to boost your brain functions. Caffeine in Jasmine teas stimulates our Central Nervous System by blocking the neurotransmitter Adenosine (responsible for relaxing the body and the mind). Caffeine also stimulates the release of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which help improve our brain activities.
Jasmine teas are fancy teas that are high in fragrance and sweet in taste that typically contain Jasmine blossoms. Both natural blends (that are pure in nature) and mixed blends (that contain other tea leaves) are available in the market. The natural blends are caffeine-free and the mixed blends are a caffeinated form of Jasmine teas. Since Jasmine teas mostly contain Green tea leaves as its base component and sometimes White/Black tea leaves, this tea is high in quality and contains many health benefits similar to Green, White or Black teas. Truly a perfect type of tea that can be served on occasions and on daily basis breaking the monotony without complaints.