Jasmine tea was produced in China about 700 years ago and has been popular ever since. Today it has become the most favored Chinese tea among internationals. Blending loose tea leaves with jasmine petals, it gives a delicate, mildly sweet flavor and aromatic fragrance. High in a group of powerful antioxidants known as catechins, Jasmine tea offers many health benefits, including a reduced risk of cancer, lower blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels.
Lower Rates of Esophageal Cancer
A study published in "Nutrition" found a significant inverse relationship between frequency of tea consumption and risk of developing esophageal squamous cell cancer. People in the study who consumed the most unfermented tea, including green, oolong and jasmine tea (unfermented tea is higher in antioxidants) had a 0.5-fold lower risk of developing SCC, compared to those who did not drink the tea.
Calmed Mood and Decreased Heart Rate
Jasmine tea's pleasant, delicate aroma has been found to offer sedative effects. In a study published by the "European Journal of Applied Physiology," researchers has found both lavender and jasmine tea odors similarly calmed mood and significantly decreased heart rate. This calming effect is beneficial for stress-induced high blood pressure.
A Chinese study has shown that Chinese green tea and jasmine tea consumption have significant blood and liver cholesterol lowering effects. These teas also may improve the high density lipoprotein (HDL or "good") cholesterol to total cholesterol ratio, which is cardioprotective.