Often known as the “Queen of the Flowers”, Jasmine has been revered for its strong fragrance, beauty, as well as many health benefits. The name derives from the Persian word Yasmin, meaning ‘Gift from God”. The flower is symbolically representative of purity, simplicity, modesty and strength. Jasmine is the national flower of both the Philippines and Pakistan. In Pakistan, Jasmine is also the sacred flower of Kama, the God of Love. Pakistani brides will wear a garland of jasmine and roses around their necks on the day before the wedding as a symbol of purity and passion. This flower has been used for centuries for countless reasons by people from all around the world.
Although Jasmine maintains a strong association with China and is very common there, it is actually said to be native to Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and certain parts of the Himalayas. Jasmine started to be cultivated in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and is largely associated with China because it became very popular during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), when flowers and floral patterns were all the rage. In the late 1800s, it became one of China’s first beverage exports to the Western world. Today, India and China are the main producers of the Jasmine flower.
Because of its versatility, Jasmine has been used all over the world for many different reasons. It can be a health promoting essential oil and tea. It is used to make alcohols, candies, and foods. Jasmine is also a common ingredient in perfumes due to its strong, floral fragrance. In fact, Chanel purchased about 10 hectares of land in the south of France to grow Jasmine as each bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume uses 1,000 jasmine flowers! (1)
Jasmine tea is commonly made by blending Jasmine blossoms with loose leaf green tea. In fact, many of the Jasmine teas that you will find are not just the jasmine flower, but are a Jasmine infused green tea. This article discusses Jasmine, the edible flower tea, not jasmine green tea. Jasmine flower tea is a tisane, or herbal tea, that is naturally caffeine free. With our Jasmine blossoms, you can drink it alone, or combine with other teas, making a Jasmine green tea if that is what you like!
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Jasmine is bursting with powerful antioxidants, some of these being flavonoids, catechins, alkaloids, phenols, and proteins. Flavonoids protect our cells from damage and help reduce inflammation. Catechins boost the body’s immune function, lowering the risk of disease. Phenols help in fixing damages cells and increasing oxygen to the bloodstream. The presence of these antioxidants makes the Jasmine flower anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, and therefore used as healing flower to treat countless ailments and alleviate symptoms of chronic illnesses. (2, 3)
A study found that Jasmine flower has been effective at inhibiting the growth of specific Escherichia coli, or pathogenic bacteria. This bacteria is the cause of many gastrointestinal issues, and can cause nausea and ‘tummy bugs’. The study shows the flower being incredibly helpful in reducing this bacteria and promoting gut health. (4)
With the antioxidants working with the gastrointestinal enzymes, Jasmine flower is excellent for digestive health. Studies have shown its ability to relieve gas, stomach pain, diarrhea, and it has been shown to be very helpful in treating issues like irritable bowel syndrome. Drinking jasmine tea encourages the growth of good bacteria and helps to expel harmful bacteria and toxins from our bodies. (5)
Jasmine tea has been said to promote good oral health. The catechins in the tea work to kill bacteria that forms plaque, which helps to prevent tooth decay or cavities. Chronic bad breath is often caused by poor gut health, and jasmine tea can help to clear out bad bacteria from the stomach, leading to fresher breath. The nice fragrance of the flower also helps improve breath! (6)
Being full of antioxidants, jasmine is hugely beneficial for heart health and treating ailments of the heart. Blockages and blood clots in our arteries can lead to heart attacks, arrhythmias, and a number of other heart conditions. Jasmine has anti-coagulant and anti-fibrinolytic properties that reduce cholesterol and inflammation, therefore preventing any blockages and lessening the risk of heart conditions. (7)
Jasmine can be a great for treating the symptoms of common chronic or recurring illnesses. It is said to be good for diabetes because its hypoglycemic properties help to maintain healthy blood sugar and insulin levels. Being known to help brain functioning and increasing memory capacity, jasmine can improve conditions like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. It is also a great flower to drink when fighting cancers because the antioxidants help to improve cell functioning, the anti-inflammatory properties can help relieve pain or tension, and the scent and calming essence can help to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression that often come along with these types of diagnoses. (8)
Jasmine is considered one of the best flowers for weight loss. It posses the same diuretic properties as many other teas, which wash toxins out of the body quickly, helping to burn fat faster. On top of that, it contains epigallocatechin and gallic acid, which are know to speed up metabolism. So through relieving the body of harmful toxins quickly and increasing metabolism, Jasmine tea can be a blessing when trying to lose weight.
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Depression and Anxiety
A study from the Journal of Health shows how inhaling the scent of Jasmine has a positive effect on the central nervous system. It has been shown to increase breathing rate, which saturates the blood with oxygen. This extra oxygen in our bodies helps to regulate blood pressure, leading to reduced anxiety and depression levels. Along with the scent, the antioxidants in the tea have been shown to aid these issues. The antioxidants and polyphenols enhance production of mood-boosting neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters help us have better moods and aid in memory capacity, focus, calmness, and concentration. (9)
Jasmine tea has been known to aid in sleep regulation. It carries the ability to sooth the nervous system and relieve anxiety, which makes it a sedative that can help that helps induce sleep and regulate sleep patterns. A study from the ‘European Journal of Applied Physiology’ concluded that Jasmine reduces our bodies heart rate and encourage feelings of calmness, leading to better sleep. (10)
In India, Jasmine is considered to hold the essence of mystery and magic, therefore acting as a powerful aphrodisiac. Women in India will use the flower to add scent to their hair to express its essence and attract partners. Similarly to how it helps reduced anxiety, the strong scent helps to break down emotional barriers and worries and increases feelings of intimacy. It is used to relax the body and is excellent to overcome sexual problems and anxieties and increase libido.
Jasmine flower has properties that balance the natural hormones in our bodies. Because of this, it has long been used to treat the female reproductive system. It’s anti-inflammatory properties improve PMS symptoms, relieve the pain from cramping, and regulate menstrual cycles. It has been used to ease childbirth as it can strengthen contractions, lessening the time it takes to deliver (Yet should be used with caution as it can stimulate contractions). The calming properties of Jasmine tea can also aid in combatting postpartum depression.
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