The World of Jasmine

Background Information

One of the most popular and tropical flowers, it has a unique fragrance unlike any other. The Jasmine is native to tropical, warm or temperate regions of the world. Jasmine is believed to have originated in the Himalayas in western China. In most species, they’re white in colour, with some species being yellow.  Jasmines are often strong and sweet scented, they’re widely cultivated for their shining leaves and beautiful clusters of fragrant flowers. They typically start to bloom in the summer or spring which is usually six months after planting. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness. The Jasmine flower buds are even more fragrant than the flowers itself.

Nutritional Value

The best way to consume jasmine to reap all its benefits is through tea. Everyone is looking for the secret to reduce their weight easily and quickly, jasmine tea can be a good addition to any diet as an aid in weight loss. The antioxidant properties of jasmine tea help increase your metabolism. The most praised aspect of jasmine tea is the high level of antioxidants in this delicate and delicious beverage. Antioxidants work within the body to detect and destroy harmful agents or free radicals that can cause diseases and compromise the immune system. For those with a personal or family history of cardiovascular issues, jasmine tea can be a huge help in preventing further problems. Additionally, it could prevent cancer, control diabetes and relieves stress.

How to Use Jasmine

As previously mentioned, the best way to use jasmine is to consume it in the form of tea. However, this delightful flower has a fragrance that is well-known around the world for centuries. It is commonly used as scents, or even in skin care like masks, toners and even oils. Here’s a great and fun jasmine tea recipe you can easily make at home for the summer:

Jack and Jill's Iced Jasmine Tea


10 1/2 cups water

5 jasmine tea bags

1 cup sugar

Ice cubes

How to Make:

- Bring 10 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Place tea bags in a large heatproof container.

- Add boiling water, and steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Let cool completely.

- Meanwhile, bring sugar and remaining 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Let cool completely.

- Stir together tea and 3/4 cup simple syrup, plus more if needed, depending on desired sweetness. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

- Divide among ice-filled glasses and enjoy!



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