Jasmine green tea is a blend of two plants: regular green tea and jasmine flowers. The preparation involves spreading a layer of jasmine flowers on top of green tea leaves. The tea absorbs the scent and flavor of jasmine, which is known for its aromatic qualities. This process has been practiced since the Song Dynasty, about 500 years ago, when the first known reference to jasmine tea was recorded. However, the tea has been commonly used medicinally for only about the past 100 years, according to "Acupuncture Today." As a medicinal tea, jasmine is indicated primarily for its relaxing and sedating properties. Be sure to consult a physician prior to using jasmine green tea medicinally.
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Jasmine green tea has an aroma, often used in aromatherapy, that sedates and relaxes. Drinking the tea at night before going to bed could be beneficial if you are suffering from sleep deprivation or have problems transitioning to sleep. The calming effect of jasmine is not limited to its aroma, however. The active compounds settle the digestive system, which makes jasmine tea an appropriate beverage for consumption prior to difficult-to-digest meals high in spices and fats.
Jasmine green tea is a source of energy like any caffeinated beverage. However, its active component, the amino acid l-theanine, and the relaxing aroma provide an energy boost that feels gentler and more natural compared with the edgy and abrupt energy provided by coffee, according to Dr. Ray Sahelian's website.
Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
The polyphenols of green tea have been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. The tea's astringent qualities lower total cholesterol levels, and the polyphenols inhibit the oxidation of the cholesterol that causes arterial buildup and platelet aggregation. As a result, blockage of the blood vessels due to cholesterol accumulation is decreased, according to AltMD.com.