Jasmine Tea Benefits and Side Effects

Jasmine tea

Verywell / Alexandra Shytsman

Jasmine tea is a fragrant tea traditionally made by blending green tea leaves with jasmine blossoms. Enjoyed hot or cold, the tea first gained popularity in China during the Ming dynasty. Its renown in Asia and around the world has much to do with the jasmine tea benefits for the body and its sweet, delicate aroma.

What Is Jasmine Tea?

Jasmine tea is a flavored or scented tea. Scented teas are made by infusing traditional tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis bush with flowers, fruit, spices, oils, extracts, or other ingredients to provide additional flavor. 

Jasmine tea is usually made from green tea leaves or leaves that have not been fermented, but the tea can also be made from black tea leaves (that have been fully oxidized), oolong tea leaves (partially oxidized), or white tea made from new growth buds and young leaves.

As a result of the added scent, jasmine tea has a flavor that most people describe as delicate and sweet. One of the more famous traditional jasmine teas comes out of the Fujian region of China where it is made with jasmine blossoms. Commercially produced jasmine teas may be made with jasmine oil or other flavorings.

Other types of jasmine tea include ​jasmine pearl tea, which is hand-rolled tea blended with jasmine blooms, and jasmine milk tea, which is brewed jasmine tea blended with milk.

Jasmine Tea Health Benefits

In addition to the drink's flavor and aroma, jasmine tea is believed to improve health and boost metabolism. Many of the benefits of jasmine tea come primarily from the tea leaves from which the drink is made, while some benefits may come from the jasmine blooms themselves.

However, most commercially available jasmine tea blends do not contain actual flowers, but are scented using either essential oil or fragrance. The caffeine in tea can provide a slight temporary increase in metabolism and mental alertness.

Jasmine tea made with green tea leaves may provide certain health benefits. Some limited evidence suggests that green tea may have anticancer properties, according to the Integrative Medicine Database at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Studies have also shown that green tea may have positive effects on cholesterol levels and heart disease.

Both black tea and green tea contain polyphenols including catechins, flavonoids, and tannins. Polyphenols are plant-based chemicals that may provide health benefits. Researchers have linked consumption of flavonoids to important health outcomes, but scientists advise that more research is needed to say for certain if tea can significantly boost your health.

There have been limited studies suggesting other jasmine tea health benefits:

  • A 2009 study suggests a dose-related protective benefit against esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in men who drink jasmine tea. However, study authors suggest that more research is needed to confirm the benefit.
  • Another study published in the journal Nutrition suggests that there may be an inverse relationship between green tea, oolong tea, or jasmine tea consumption and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.
  • A study conducted in China found that green tea and jasmine tea consumption was independently associated with a lower risk of stroke.

Some tea drinkers believe that jasmine helps to reduce stress and can help to induce calm before sleep. However, these benefits haven't been documented in clinical studies.

Caffeine Content of Jasmine Tea

Since jasmine tea is not a true herbal tea, it does contain some caffeine, but the amount of caffeine will vary depending on the types of tea leaves used.

  • Jasmine green tea, the most common form of jasmine tea, has a modest amount of caffeine. Traditional green tea has about 35 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
  • Jasmine tea made with black tea leaves will have more caffeine. Traditional black tea contains approximately 50 to 90 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
  • Jasmine tea will have less caffeine if it is made with oolong tea leaves. Oolong tea contains about 30 milligrams of caffeine per cup. 
  • Jasmine tea made with white tea has the least amount of caffeine. While some tea drinkers assume white tea is decaffeinated, it still has some caffeine. It may have as little as 6 milligrams of caffeine per cup, but can have more depending on the kind that you buy.

The actual amount of caffeine in your cup of jasmine tea will depend on a few factors, such as how the tea leaves were processed, where the tea leaves come from, and how you prepare your tea. For example, tea bags usually provide more caffeine than whole tea leaves and the longer you steep the tea, the more caffeine in your drink.

Jasmine Tea Side Effects

Jasmine is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pregnant women should consult their doctor before drinking jasmine tea. Any caffeinated beverage may result in side effects—especially if consumed in large quantities. You may experience headaches, jitters, shakiness, or problems sleeping after drinking too much tea. To reduce these side effect, drink less tea or drink tea that is not strong.

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