Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is a flower that lends its unique fragrance to the cosmetic industry. But that’s not all. Had as a tea, whether mixed with green or black tea, jasmine could offer other health benefits. In a light tea, linalool, an aromatic compound in jasmine, activates the parasympathetic nervous system, slowing down your heart rate and calming your mind. On the other hand, when combined with green or black tea, its caffeine could give you an energy boost sans the side effects.
Jasmine tea is basically green tea (sometimes also white, black, and oolong tea) flavored with jasmine blossoms. But it’s also possible to make tea with only the flowers.
Most studies on the benefits of jasmine tea have focused on jasmine green tea. So it’s difficult to understand how much of those benefits are conferred by the jasmine flowers alone. That said, the flowers do show promise, thanks to active chemicals like alkaloids, coumarins, flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids, glycosides, emodine, leucoanthcyanins, steroids, anthocyanins, phlobatinins, essential oil, and saponins.
Why It’s So Great
1. Helps Calm the Mind
Jasmine is not everyone’s cup of tea. While some love the odor, some are repulsed by it. But the calming effects of jasmine tea may extend to both ends of the spectrum if your jasmine tea gives off a low-intensity odor. Linalool, an aromatic compound in jasmine tea, activates the parasympathetic nervous system, slowing down your heart rate and calming your mind.
The best way to wind down with jasmine tea? Make a light, mildly fragrant tea.
2. Helps Boost Energy Levels
It would seem quite contrary for a calming tea to perk you up, but it could happen. If you are not a fan of the unique jasmine odor, a strong tea with a strong fragrance could activate your sympathetic nervous system (the part of your nervous system that acts opposite to the parasympathetic nervous system). In triggering the fight or flight response in the face of stress, it could raise your heart rate and make you feel alert.
However, you needn’t go through such a stressful experience to get an energy boost. Choose a jasmine tea with a green or black tea base. The energy-boosting effect attributed to jasmine tea is mainly due to the caffeine in the base tea. While plain jasmine herbal tea has no caffeine, an 8 oz cup of jasmine green tea will have about 25 mg caffeine, and the same amount of jasmine black tea has 45 mg. The amount is by no means excessive. It’s enough to give a mild boost to your alertness and energy levels.
You could find jasmine tea in the form of loose leaf green tea with jasmine blossoms. You could also try jasmine pearls, which are hand-rolled balls of green tea leaves with a jasmine bud in the center. If you want just the tisane (herbal tea), add the dried flower to hot water (make sure it’s not boiling). Steep the tea for 2–4 minutes. Don’t add milk, sugar, or honey. The taste is mildly sweet and fragrant. A couple of cups a day is a good quantity.