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Jasmine flowers May 9, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 1:11 pm

 

This herbal consists solely of the small, beautiful Jasmine flowers that produce a caffeine free, sweet brew.The jasmine flower is most valued for its fragrance.

 

The jasmine plant is grown at high elevation in the mountainous Fujian province, China. It is harvested in the spring and stored until early summer when fresh jasmine flowers are in bloom.

 

Jasmine flowers are picked early in the morning when the sun is out and the dew has evaporated.The small petals are tightly closed. And they are the most fragrant at daybreak.

 

 

Jasmine is considered to be a powerful herb that can be used to treat a number of ailments. It has been hold in high regard as a powerful way to deal with fevers and conjunctivitis. Jasmine tea, made from star jasmine or night blooming jasmine, is considered an excellent way to bring balance to the body after heat exhaustion or sunstroke, and also provides assistance in dealing with the bone cancer, breast cancer, and a general pain reliever.

 

Often, the uses of jasmine in herbal medicine are administered as a tea which is understood to allow the body to experience the benefits more quickly.

 

Many people simply enjoy the taste of a hot cup of jasmine tea during cold weather. With no real regard for any type of medicinal or restorative properties, people find the taste pleasant, fresh, sweet and a nice alternative to coffee.

 

 

 

 

Sipping a warm cup of jasmine tea may do more than titillate the taste buds. It appears that the leaves from this flower may have disease preventive properties ranging from cancer prevention to lowering elevated cholesterol levels. Although larger studies are needed to confirm these benefits, the possibilities are intriguing. What are the health benefits of jasmine tea?

 

Herbalist doctor’s viewpoint

 

Jasmine oil is used to uplift the spirits in cases of apathy, depression, and produces a feeling of optimism.

Jasmine scent helps relax the mother and help relieve the pain of childbirth and is thought to increase breastmilk. So is of value as pre and post natal massage oil.

Jasmine oil is known as an aphrodisiac because it warms and relaxes the body. It also acts on the male sexual organs by warming and it. It therefore has a good effect on impotence and frigidity.

Jasmine tea warms and strengthens a cold, weak stomach.

Jasmine oil is use to relieve menstrual pain.

Jasmine is used for mouth ulcers, and the fresh juice is applied to corns.

On the skin it is used with great effect to treat dry, stressed and sensitive skins and also helps to increase elasticity.

 

 

1. Provides Stress Relief

 A cup of jasmine tea could offer significant advantages over traditional anti-anxiety medications.

 It helps relieve anxiety and tension. It can also reduce symptoms of pain, headaches and muscle aches. Some studies have shown that the scent of jasmine can lower heart rates and produce a calming, serene effect on the senses.

 

A study carried out in Japan showed that the smell of jasmine tea had a calming, sedative-like effect on a group of twenty-four volunteers. When the volunteers were allowed to smell the odor of jasmine tea, their heart rates dropped and they became more calm and relaxed.

 

2. Cancer Treatment and Prevention

Jasmine tea is high in antioxidants, and combats the free radicals formed in the body. Free radicals are harmful in man ways, and can hasten the aging process. Free radicals have also been shown to have a relation with the development of cancer in the body. By reducing the free radicals in the body, it effectively lowers the chances of developing cancer. Antioxidants also play a valuable role in slowing down the aging process.

 

Several studies in animals have demonstrated the ability of jasmine to slow down the growth of cancer cells. One study carried out in rats showed a chemoprotective effect for breast tumors, while another showed benefits against prostate cancer. In fact, Israeli researchers have developed an anti-cancer drug using Jasmonate, a component from the jasmine plant, thats believed to protect the plant against injury. The researchers discovered this new, natural drug derived from the jasmine plant can inhibit the action of a certain enzyme known as hexokinase that allows cancer cells to grow and prosper. Theyre hoping that one day this drug derived from the jasmine plant will be used alongside other cancer chemotherapy drugs to help them work more efficiently. Such is the power of the incredible jasmine plant.

 

3. Reduces Cholesterol

Jasmine tea has been shown to reduce the accumulation of cholesterol and unhealthy fats in our bodies. It also prevents the formation of bad cholesterol. This reduces the chances of heart disease and strokes.

 

A study conducted on hamsters showed that catechins extracted from jasmine tea lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels in hamsters when the animals were given a high fat diet. Although more studies are needed to confirm that this effect holds true in humans, jasmine green tea could hold health benefits for those who eat a fatty diet.

 

4. Helps in Weight Loss

Some studies have shown a link between the consumption of jasmine tea and the reduction of fat cells in the body. This may help people in achieving their weight loss goals faster. In addition, jasmine tea helps maintain body weight, if accompanied by a proper diet.

 

5. Reduces Chances of Colds and Flu

Jasmine tea has some antiviral and antibacterial properties that help in the prevention of colds and influenza. It is widely believed that gargling with jasmine tea can prevent illness. Consumption of jasmine tea can also result in an earlier recovery from such ailments.

 

6. Fights Bacteria

In addition to fighting bacteria, jasmine tea is beneficial to the formation of good bacteria that aid our bodies in several important tasks like digestion. Because of this, jasmine tea improves intestinal strength and also helps in the prevention of ailments such as diarrhea, gastric ailments, cholera and ulcers.

 

Health Benefits of Jasmine Tea: Anti-bacterial Properties

In a study carried out at Kansas State University, it was shown that jasmine tea has the ability to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause food borne illness such as Salmonella and Listeria. This may have applications in the food industry where natural means of killing bacteria that cause food poisoning are needed.

 

7. Regulates Circulation

Jasmine tea is beneficial for the improvement of blood circulation. It thereby helps prevent some conditions such as blood clots, arterial blocks, brain damage, thrombosis, high blood pressure and strokes.

 

Since jasmine tea can help you relax, taking it while taking hypertention medication can make your blood pressure drop. Hypertension medicine reverses the effects of stress hormones, decreases heart rate, and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as work load of the heart, adding another relaxation engredients like jasmine tea can make a lower workload of the heart than needed. I don’t think Jasmine tea is strong enough to causes this, but base on how hypertention medicines work and the effects that you can get from jasmine tea, it can.

 

8. Regulates Insulin Production

Consuming jasmine tea is believed to reduce the chances of developing diabetes. It regulates sugar levels and the formation of insulin in the body. Jasmine tea may also be beneficial in reducing blood sugar levels in diabetics.

 

 

 

 Take optional quantity of jasmine flowers.

 

 

Pour boiling water over the flowers. Strain it and pour away the water.

 

Then,  pour the water over the flowers again and wait for 3-5mins. Then strain the rosebuds, add a little honey to taste (optional) and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips: You could put the strained jasmine flowers into the cup again and brew the tea follow the above steps and our highly purified flowers could be brewed for at least three times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

 

Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

 

 

The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

 

That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

 

Jasmine tea does have good antioxidants, but I prefer to alternate different tea. Drinking jasmine tea 2 or 3 times a week would be fine, and the rest of the time you can alternate drinking a number of other herbal teas available in our store.

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