Any tea which is blended with scent of jasmine blossoms is known as jasmine tea. It is not an herbal tea as it is made from the plant Camellia sinensis, the same plant that is used to produce teas such as green, black and oolong.
Jasmine tea is made either by adding jasmine etheric oil or whole blossoms to the leaves or buds of base tea (primary ingredient). The base tea is typically green tea. But, black, white and oolong can also serve as the base to prepare jasmine tea.
The base tea is at first harvested and stored until jasmine flowers are harvested. Once both the ingredients are collected, the tea is prepared in multiple days.
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Procedure of adding fragrance to the base tea
There are two methods to scent the base tea – traditional and modern.
Under traditional approach, the scent of jasmine is added to the tea using real blossoms. There are two ways of scenting tea under this approach - one that is laborious and expensive and the other that is comparatively cheaper.
- Expensive method
Under this method, the tea leaves and buds are placed on a woven tray. Below the tray of leaves is kept another tray with fresh jasmine flowers and left in a warm room for days. The jasmine flowers are often replaced to give tea an ethereal flavor and aroma. Finally, the tea is dried, packed and sold.
- Less expensive method
In this process, the leftover wilted jasmine flowers from previous method is directly mixed with the tea leaves and buds, allowing the flowers to impart their scent. After several days, the flowers are separated from the leaves, following which the leaves are dried, packed and sold. During this process, few jasmine flower may be left in the tea.
Under modern approach, the leaves and buds of tea are scented by adding natural jasmine essential oil, natural jasmine flavor, artificial jasmine flavor or mix of different flower flavors.
Natural jasmine essential oil is one of the most expensive essential oils on the earth. Yet, jasmine tea prepared from it is considered inferior to the tea that is prepared traditionally.
How to prepare jasmine tea?
Things you will need
- 1 tbsp. of jasmine tea leaves
- 6 fl. Oz. of spring or chlorine-free water
- Boiling pot
Note: Loose-leaf jasmine tea makes the best tea while tea bags might disappoint you. It is because tea bags contain broken leaves along with dust and fanning which affect the tea’s flavor as well as aroma.
Moreover, the broken leaves release excessive tannins and increase bitterness and astringency of tea.
- Take a cup (6 fl. Oz.) of fresh water in a boiling pot
- Heat the water to 160oF – 180oF
- Add the tea leaves into the water
- Wait for 2-4 minutes for tea leaves to brew
Enjoy the subtle taste and aroma of the tea and feel its soothing effect on taste bud as well as mind
Note: You can check water temperature using a thermometer. But, if you don’t have one, you can predict the temperature by watching the bubbles; the water is perfectly hot for preparing jasmine tea when fish-eye bubbles (bubbles that appear after initial tiny bubbles) start to appear.
Benefits of jasmine tea
It is only the fragrance that turns an ordinary green tea into jasmine green tea. Therefore, there is no significant benefits of jasmine tea other than benefits of green tea. These benefits are described below.
Lessens risk of cancer
Several studies have showed that drinking green tea reduces risk of breast, ovary, prostate, colorectal, bladder and skin cancer.
Green tea contains special components called catechin which kills cancer cells without doing any harm to healthy cells. Similarly, polyphenols, the potent antioxidants removes free radicals and prevents triggering of cancer due to oxidative stress. 
Reduces risk of heart diseases
Catechin reduces Low Density Lipoprotein in our body and prevents its accumulation on the inside of blood vessels. This helps regular flow of blood and reduces chances of different cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure and stroke. 
Improve function of brain and prevents dementia
Green tea is a caffeinated drink. Along with caffeine, green tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine. Both these compounds work together to cut off stress and improve mood, focus and alertness of mind. 
Good for eyes and teeth
Catechin found in green tea protects tissues in eyes and prevent various eye diseases including glaucoma.
On the other hand, fluoride in it strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay and cavities. [6, 7]
Gives beautiful skin
Drinking green tea regularly or applying it topically on your skin can help you in getting naturally healthy and glowing skin.
Antioxidants in green tea helps to remove toxins, scars, blemishes and inflammation from skin. They also protect skin from possible damages caused by the exposure to UV rays.
Polyphenols, on the other hand, wipes off free radicals and leaves your skin free from any sign of aging such as wrinkles, spots, fine lines, uneven skin tone, etc. [8, 9]
Reduces damage in hair
Green tea contains components such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), polyphenols, panthenol and vitamins which prevents hair problems such as hair loss, dandruff, psoriasis, split ends, etc. 
Drinking green or using it as a hair pack can help you in getting healthily shining, strong and smooth hair naturally.
Side effects of jasmine tea
As mentioned earlier, jasmine tea has no effects of its own. Therefore, you must be cautious about side effects of green tea if you want to drink jasmine tea.
However, there is one additional side effect that comes with jasmine tea that is its allergic reaction. Any individual who is allergic to smell or pollen grains of flowers should stay away from this tea.
People with such allergy might get itchy or running nose as a consequence of smelling this tea and might even suffer from irritated throat, diarrhea and cramps when ingested.