Jasmine tea is any tea blended with the scent of jasmine flowers, either by adding jasmine etheric oil or whole flowers to the tea leaves or tea buds.
Generally, green tea is used as the base or primary ingredient to make jasmine tea. But, it can also be made using other teas such as black, white or oolong tea.
While blossoms or etheric oil of jasmine adds relaxing scent to an ordinary tea, other features such as nutrients and health benefits of the base tea (the tea used to make it) is unaltered.
This way, amount of caffeine in jasmine tea depends upon the base tea as different teas have different level of caffeine content.
|Base of jasmine tea||Approximate amount of caffeine|
|Green tea||25 mg|
|Black tea||42 mg|
|White tea||28 mg|
|Oolong tea||37 mg|
How much jasmine tea should you be drinking?
Jasmine tea is typically made by using green tea leaves. So, it is perfectly okay to drink jasmine tea as long as you take it in appropriate amount (3 - 5 cups is considered safe).
Nutrients in green tea is unchanged while adding jasmine scent or blossoms to the tea and caffeine in jasmine tea produce the same effect as caffeine in green tea. Some benefits of green tea caffeine are
Increased Memory and Concentration
All caffeinated drinks keep you awake but green tea does more than that. It keeps you alert!
It is because caffeine in green tea is accompanied by an amino acid called L-theanine. Caffeine and L-theanine together work wonder to improve overall brain functions such as memory, mood, focus, alertness, etc.
Great Post-workout Drink
When caffeine is consumed along with carbs, it quickly replenishes glycogen concentration in muscle after workouts. Also, caffeine is known to reduce post-workout pain by nearly 48%.
Low Risk of Kidney Stone
Caffeine is a well-known diuretic. So, intake of appropriate amount of caffeine can increase urination. This way, kidney stone is not only prevented but can also be cured in cases when the stone formed are smaller than 5mm.
Prevents Progressive Mental Deterioration
Studies conducted at the Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center concluded that regular intake of caffeine helps fighting against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Decaffeinated jasmine tea
If you are not looking up to any benefits of caffeinated jasmine tea and want it decaffeinated, you can get one in market. A commercial decaffeinated jasmine tea has as less as 0.4% caffeine.
The tea is decaffeinated either by introducing it to ethyl acetate or carbon dioxide. Both the methods are safe and does not produce any toxic effect. Yet, TeasEtc recommends to drink tea that is decaffeinated using carbon dioxide because it preserves essential components.
How to decaffeinate jasmine tea at home?
You can easily decaffeinate your jasmine tea at home by following 4 simple steps
- Steep your jasmine tea in water at around 90oC.
- Wait for 15 seconds.
- Toss out the water.
- Re-brew your jasmine tea.
However, this is not a good way to decaffeinate your drink as it might remove nutrients other than caffeine in the tea.
Side effects of jasmine tea
Jasmine tea (made from any type of tea) may have some side effects. You must consider following points before drinking it.
Many people might have allergies to scent or pollen grains of flowers. They might get itchy or running nose by the smell of jasmine tea.
They might even suffer serious issues such as irritated throat, diarrhea and cramps in cases when jasmine tea is ingested.
Jasmine has a naturally occurring terpene alcohol known as linalool which if inhaled can produce sedative effects (slow or uncertain reflexes, slurred speech, staggering, etc.). So drinking jasmine tea would not be a good idea if you need to drive or do works that require alertness.
Acidity of jasmine tea is higher than that of green tea. Therefore, drinking jasmine tea during fast or drinking it excessively might result cramps and even constipation.
Reaction with Medicine
If you are under medications related to chemotherapy, heart diseases or mood disorders, do not forget to consult your doctor before drinking jasmine tea; chemical components of jasmine tea and medicine might react to give adverse effects.
It is also considered unsafe to drink jasmine tea if you have ever suffered kidney failure, liver failure and heart diseases including high blood pressure.