Jasmine tea is said by many to be the most delicious tea around. It is made from tea leaves (green, oolong, white, or black) that have been flavored with jasmine flowers.
Jasmine flowers are picked just as they begin to open and are stored in a cool area until nightfall (this is when the flowers release their fragrance). The flowers are then strewn over the tea leaves for 4 hours (so the leaves can absorb the fragrance from the flowers). This process is repeated the following night (placing fresh flowers over the same leaves). The more it is repeated (up to 7 times), the higher quality the tea leaves are.
Because this process can be time consuming, many people choose to buy prepared leaves to make jasmine tea (loose leaf tea from a reputable health food store or tea shop is best).
Health Benefits of Jasmine Tea
Jasmine tea has been around for many years and has been used as a herbal remedy for numerous ailments. It contains antioxidants which destroy free radicals, thus slowing the aging process and lowering ones risk of developing cancer. It decreases bad cholesterol and can help in the prevention of heart attacks.
Jasmine tea fights bacteria and viruses that can cause dysentery, influenza, and cholera. It can stop the growth of bad bacteria and strengthen good bacteria. Gargling with the tea can help protect against colds.
Other health benefits include reducing body fat (by burning calories), boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, and preventing tooth decay (when used as a mouthwash).
Preparing Jasmine Tea
Green: Bring water temperature to 160° F, pour 1 cup of water over 1 teaspoon of loose leaf, cover, steep 1-2 minutes, and strain.
Oolong: Bring water to a boil, pour 1 cup of water over 1 teaspoon of loose leaf, cover, steep 2-3 minutes, and strain.
White: Bring water temperature to 185° F, pour 1 cup of water over 2 teaspoons of loose leaf, cover, steep 5-8 minutes, and strain.
Black: Bring water to a boil, pour 1 cup of water over 1 teaspoon of loose leaf, cover, steep 3-5 minutes, and strain.
Too little steeping can cause the tea to be weak and too much can cause a bitter taste.
Green and white jasmine teas are best for iced tea. Be sure it cools completely before adding ice.
To get the most health benefits of jasmine tea, use green or white leaves (they have a higher antioxidant content than black or oolong).
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