On Saturday, I found myself in the middle of Sydney with all of the things I had set out to do done and it was only 12:30.
More specifically, I was in Darling Harbour and I wanted to go somewhere different. So of all places I headed over to the Chinese Gardens.
After a slow walk around the gardens, dodging tourists with their loud children and managing to appreciate the well structured scenery I happened upon the cafe and ordered some Jasmine Tea. And there I found myself another article, looking into the nutritional benefits of this very relaxing drink.
Jasmine Tea is a scented tea, usually made from green tea, but can also be made from black or white tea.
Green Tea alone has globally seen an increase in consumption over the last ten or so years in western culture and is ever more popularised by the commercial variations produced by The Coca-Cola Company, a drink which personally I would not recommend (you may as well have a can of coke).
Other than what these commercial interpretations have to offer, we can see many health benefits with green tea. We see various studies that find green tea having a thermogenic effect, while reducing oxidative damage and increasing energy levels beyond the effects of caffeine.
An interesting study using rats, found that green tea protects intestinal mucosa secretion when ingested before ishemia-reperfusion injury. Which means that in animal models, if green tea and its polyphenols are consumed in concentration before blood restriction and tissue damage to the intestine occurs. The mucous lining that aids in digestion and protects the gut/blood barrier will be less likely damaged.
Despite green tea exhibiting thermogenic and anti-inflammatory attributes, a study published in Alternative Medicine Review found that green tea does not affect the biomarkers of inflammation in obese subjects with Metabolic Syndrome.
However, green tea significantly reduced plasma serum amyloid alpha, an independent cardiovascular disease risk factor, in obese subjects with metabolic syndrome.
With all these great qualities of green tea, when we infuse the scent of Jasmine to the traditional drink we find a surprising element. Its 'sedative effects'.
As I mentioned at the top of this article, I was very relaxed. A study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that the answer for this may be a component found in jasmine. (R)-(-)-linalool, which has sedative effects on both autonomic nerve activity and mood states.
Both jasmine tea and lavender odours at perceived similar intensity caused significant decreases in heart rate...In the POMS tests, these odours produced calm and vigorous mood states.
What we can take from this, is that not only is green tea going to help you get up and get moving from its stimulating properties. You should also be able to get a clear and calm mind from the jasmine infusion.