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Going Herbal with Jasmine Tea

August 4th, 2010

jasmine-tea.jpgJasmine tea is a kind of herbal tea with a subtly sweet flavor. It is generally made with green tea or oolong tea as the base which is flavored with jasmine flowers. It originated around the 10th century with the Song Dynasty of China. For the preparation of jasmine tea, the flowers are harvested at the peak of their blooming and are then cured with the finished teas. As the jasmine flowers dry out, they infuse the tea with their flavor.

Drinking Jasmine tea does not just soothe the taste buds, but has numerous health benefits as well. It can soothe your mood. Having a cup of hot jasmine tea as you get back home from a hard day of work is a good idea. It will calm and relax you and may also reduce symptoms of pain, headaches and muscle aches. Also, jasmine tea is known to work on the autonomic nerve activity by bringing down the heart rate. Thus it is not a bad idea to drink a cup before sleep; unlike the caffeinated teas, it will not keep you awake! People with high blood pressure and high blood sugar should try it out as it keeps both under check.

The tea is rich in antioxidants and is therefore anti-carcinogenic in nature. In other words, it prevents the growth of cancer cells in the body. By reducing the free radicals in the body, it effectively lowers the chances of developing the deadly disease. It is highly recommended for people with history of breast cancer in their families. Antioxidants also help to slow down the aging process. Additionally, the tea fights bacteria and viruses that can cause dysentery, influenza, and cholera. You can also use it for gargling to protect against colds. As a mouthwash, it prevents tooth decay.

It is a good idea to have jasmine tea after dinner as it helps in good digestion. According to researchers, substances found in jasmine tea, known as catechins, trigger weight loss by decreasing body fat and stimulating the body to burn calories. It reduces the accumulation of cholesterol in the body. It is definitely worth giving a shot if you want to get slim.

One can alternate the use of jasmine tea with other herbal teas for additional benefits. Lavender tea and hibiscus tea are my personal favorites. As such, jasmine tea with a green tea base is a better choice than oolong tea base since green tea is more favorable towards good health. Jasmine tea is fairly easy to get. You can buy it from any Chinese market in your area. Just in case you don’t have such a market in your locality, you can always order a pack over the Internet!


This article was supplied by Swati Varma.


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