Jasmine tea is tea scented with aroma from jasmine blossoms. It is the most famous scented tea in China and was the tribute tea for royal family during the Qing Dynasty for 150 years. The resulting flavour of jasmine tea is subtly sweet and highly fragrant. Jasmine tea produced in the Chinese province of Fujian has the best reputation.
OUYANG’s jasmine tea uses green tea as the tea base. Tea leaves are harvested in the early spring and stored until the late summer when fresh jasmine flowers are in bloom. Jasmine flowers are picked early in the day when the small buds are tightly closed. The flowers are kept cool until nightfall.
During the night jasmine flowers open, and release their fragrance, and this is when the tea scenting takes place. Tea leaves are blended with jasmine flowers and stored overnight. It takes over four hours for the leaves to absorb the fragrance and flavour of the jasmine blossoms. The scenting process need to be repeated as many as six or seven times. The tea absorbs moisture from the fresh Jasmine flowers so it must be dried again to prevent spoilage.
Jasmine tea as a green tea based tea has great medicinal value and keeps large amount of natural nutritious elements:
- Tea Polyphenols(which can only exist in tea plants): Help to slow the aging process, the outcome is 18 times better than vitamin E; reduce cardiovascular risk and atherosclerosis; has significant anti-radiation effect; suppress inflammation
- Catechin: Restrain cardiovascular diseases (CVD); improve immune function，directly damage cancer cells
- Theine: decrease lactic acid and toxin in kidney, eliminate the fatigue; assist digestion and lose fat effectively
- Water-soluble Fluorine: Prevent calcium depletion; protect and strengthen teeth
- Vitamin C: scavenge free radicals, secrete antagonism stress hormones; prevent eye disease, protect and brighten eyes
Moreover, Jasmine flower also has a lot of functions like inhibits bacteria, activates blood circulation and relieves pain.
Especially applicable for the people:
- Who has too much greasy food, milk products, alcohol and cigarettes
- Who has comparatively higher body temperature, sweats a lot, feels thirsty often, has dysuria
- Who has high blood pressure, Hyperlipidemia, coronary disease, arteriosclerosis and diabetes mellitus
As the old Chinese saying goes, 物极必反(wù jí bì fǎn)，Things will develop in the opposite direction when they become extreme. Tea has lots of healthy benefits when consumed in moderation — normally should be 5-7g per day.
More things to note:
- Women who are pregnant, in lactation, in menstrual circle or menopause shouldn’t drink too much tea, because tannic acid in tea might interfere with iron absorption, and theine might affect heart and kidney negatively due to its stimulating effect.
- Shouldn’t drink GREEN TEA before go to bed.
- Shouldn’t take medicine with tea.
- Shouldn’t drink cold and overnight tea.
- Shouldn’t drink GREEN/OOLONG TEA on an empty stomach.
- Calculus patients shouldn’t drink BLACK TEA.