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Kenneth Roberts

Kenneth Roberts

Saturday, 09 April 2016 14:27

The Balancing Benefits of Jasmine Green Tea

Jasmine has been used to flavor green, oolong and even black teas since it was introduced in China in 206 BC during the Han Dynasty, but it did not become wildly popular until the Qing dynasty around the 1600’s.

While many of the healthy benefits derived from drinking green tea with jasmine can be attributed to the green tea helping with balancing blood pressure, increasing immune responses, and weight loss, there are some incredible benefits that occur when jasmine is imbibed in green tea. The catechins in the jasmine combine with the epi gallo catechin gallates (EGCG) in green teas. Several studies have shown an increased resistance to esophageal cancers and reduction of other cancer risks above and beyond what occurs with just green tea. There have also been gentle effects helping alleviate mild depression and stress.

Jasmine flowers have many medicinal benefits by themselves and have been used in aromatherapies for centuries as an aid for depression, as not only the beautiful scent can reduce stress levels but also helps balance the emotional state of mind with a calming and steadying influence. Jasmine is considered a Yin balancer when infused in tea. It also is used in Ayurvedic medicine to help restore and establish balance if your Dosha is Pitta. On an interesting note, it takes more than 3.6 million blossoms to make a single pound of jasmine oil. The flowers must be picked before the sun rises and evaporates most of the subtle essential oils present.

One of the aspects that sets our Jasmine Flower Green tea apart from many other jasmine teas is that it is flavored by adding fresh jasmine blossoms to the tea leaves while they are being withered, infusing the fresh leaves with not only the beautiful fragrance but all of the inherent benefits derived from the oils. So if you’re feeling a little blue, try our jasmine for an uplifting cuppa.

What makes Earl Grey an Earl Grey? Typically bergamot--which is in the citrus family--is the signature flavor note of this classic black tea blend. Historically, there are many versions of how Earl Grey came to be. Whether bergamot was a flavoring added to offset high mineral content in the water, or that Charles Grey (1764-1875) received the first blend as a gift for his good deeds in China. Whichever story, one thing you can believe is that there is more to a cup of Earl Grey than just good flavor. 

Not to be confused with “wild bergamot” an herb also known as oswego, horsemint or indian nettle, the preferred source for use with tea is from the bergamot orange which is a citrus fruit grown in the mediterranean. This citrus contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease. The flavonoids in bergamot have been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol, without any of the side effects often experienced when using pharmaceuticals for the same effect.

Bergamot from the citrus is also a natural astringent that is antibacterial and anti-infectious. Try making a cup of Earl Grey, letting it cool and use it to wash your face at night--great for the skin!

Even simply using bergamot aromatically is considered uplifting and has been used to help with depression and stress. While no medical studies have been done to verify the claim, it is also touted as having weight loss benefits as it can aid digestion and increase the metabolism.

The bergamot in Earl Grey is also very high in antioxidants which increase the total antioxidant value of the brew. Earl Grey can be a great cuppa to start the day, but like all teas at Discover Teas, it is a component of a healthier, mindful, lifestyle.

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