Chinese Jasmine Tea

What is jasmine tea? Jasmine tea, one of the major types of flower tea in China, is made by jasmine flowers and fresh tea leaves, so it has both the aroma of jasmine flowers and the freshness of tea leaves. It is welcomed by its strong fragrance, fresh flavor, tender and soft taste and the rich benefits including preventing cancer, resist aging, relieving pain, and losing weight.

Chinese jasmine tea was created 1,000 years ago in Fuzhou, Fujian, a southeast coastal province of China. Some of the famous brands include Dabaihao jasmine tea, Longtuanzhu jasmine tea, Yinzhen jasmine tea, Jinhua scented tea and Suzhou jasmine tea.

Chinese Jasmine Tea Benefits

1. Pain-relieving

The volatile oily substances in jasmine tea can help you relieve the thoracoabdominal swelling pain, making your body at ease.

2. Antisepsis and Ati-inflammation

Jasmine tea can inhibit many kinds of bacteria. If you drink it and apply it to the inflamed area, you can get recovered from pinkeye, sore and ulcer and skin ulceration.

3. Beauty Effect

For ladies, developing the habit of having Chinese jasmine tea can help resist aging and the relative problems such as facial dehydration and blemished skin to keep the skin clean, white, soft and tender.

4. Cancer-preventing

On top of tea polyphenols and tea pigments, tea also contains selenium, molybdenum, manganese, germanium etc. which can help in preventing cancer caused by the insuffiency of manganese and redundancy of copper in potable water. Jasmine green tea has been proved to reduce risks of breast cancer, lung cancer, and many other diseases.

5. Tiredness-allaying

Theine in tea can stimulate the central nervous system and play as a role in driving off drowsiness, eliminating fatigue, enhancing vitality and concentrating thinking.

Side Effects of Excessive Drinking

1. It will make you feel hungry, or even dizzy.
2. It can do harm to your intestines and stomach digestion when you have it right after the meal.
3. It can cause calcium deficiency.
4. It can cause endocrine disorder and menstrual disorder for female.

 Does Jasmine Tea Contain Caffeine?

Yes, it does. Although caffeine in jasmine tea is not as much as coffee’s, people with insomnia, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis are not recommended to drink heavy jasmine tea or drink too much.

How to Make Chinese Jasmine Tea

1. Dry Fresh Tea Leaves

They should be dried with fire between 100~120℃ to remove the stale flavor and excessive water.

2. Pick Jasmine Flowers

There is a strict rule to pick jasmine flowers used to make jasmine tea. Jasmine bud that has double petals in the hot summer is the best. Rain-swept jasmine couldn’t be picked until the weather goes fine 1~2 days later. The best picking time is after 2 pm.

3. Mix the Tea Leaves and Jasmine Flowers

It should be down when both tea leaves and jasmine flowers are at normal temperatures. Lay one layer of tea leaves and one layer of jasmine flowers until several layers and then stir them well.

4. Stack the Mixture to Unify the Fragrance

As the time passing by, the tea leaves gradually absorb the pleasant fragrance given off by jasmine flowers.

5. Flat the Mixure, Pick out the Jasmine Flowers and Dry the Tea Leaves

This is because the tea leaves get moist after stacking.

6. Repeat Step 3 and 4 for Several Times

This aims to enhance and unify the fragrance of tea leaves.

7. Dry the Mixture Well for Longer Storage.

Some Chinese jasmine tea has no flowers inside because they are moved before the last step.  

Jasmine Tea vs Green Tea

Jasmine tea has something in common with green tea because most jasmine tea is made of green tea leaves. But jasmine tea enjoys stronger fragrance and more efficacies than green tea because of the adding of jasmine flower. However, the processing of green tea is simpler than jasmine tea, which means its beneficial components are better preserved than jasmine tea.

- Last updated on Aug. 30, 2019 -
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