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A magical elixir…
...and definitely one of my favourite teas that I drink every day.
Jasmine is a flowering plant that grows in many tropical countries and when infused with green tea leaves becomes a delicious and refreshing beverage that is also extremely good for you.
Jasmine tea has been produced in China for nearly 700 years and is one of the most popular Chinese scented teas. Jasmine tea first appears in records during the Song Dynasty which ended in the 13th Century AD, but at that time it was reserved exclusively for royalty. Not so today, as it has become a common export to the Western World.
Jasmine Pearl tea, is just one form of the tea, and is usually made up of two tea buds and one tea leaf rolled into the characteristic pearl ball shape.
One reason it is so popular is that it has many health benefits ranging from reducing stress to preventing cancer. It is particularly healthy because it is high in a powerful group of antioxidants known as catechins which are found in the organic tea buds themselves.
Throughout history, the soothing effect of green tea combined with jasmine has been used for stress relief and as an anti-depressant as it helps to relieve anxiety and tension. It can also alleviate the symptoms of headaches and muscle aches, and the scent of jasmine can lower heart rates and provide a calming effect on the senses.
For me, I just love drinking jasmine pearl tea. With its delicate but exotic, heady, aromatic fragrance, it soothes my spirits as soon as i smell it being brewed.
So, try brewing a pot of jasmine pearl tea next time you're feeling a bit off colour, or even if you’re not! Drinking this wonderful tea can help to speed up your recovery and, if you really must, some even believe that gargling with it can prevent illness!