Jasmine tea has long been used for
medicinal purposes in the Middle East and Asia. 
It is also known for its relaxing aroma and snow white flowers.  Jasmine tea and jasmine green tea are
consumed all around the world and thought to have many health benefits and
medicinal uses.  Researchers have become
interested in plants believed to have medicinal properties and have started to
investigate the accuracy of these beliefs. 
Jasmine is one of the plants that are being researched and there have
been some promising findings and myths that have been shattered. 

                First,
jasmine tea was thought to prevent upper gastrointestinal cancer.  In a recent retrospective epidemiological
study, researchers found the consumption of jasmine tea did not reduce one’s
risk of getting upper gastrointestinal cancer [1].  On the other hand, another study found that
rats who ate jasmine tea had lower blood and liver LDL cholesterol (bad
cholesterol) than rats who did not consume the tea [2].  In other words, jasmine tea may have
cholesterol reducing abilities but further studies on humans need to be done
before such a conclusion can be made. 
Finally, the jasmine plant has been found to cure diarrhea and stomach
pain [3].  Researchers used ground twigs and leaves of
the plant and studied their pharmacological compounds to decipher their
medicinal uses.  Then they were used on
mice to see if it was effective [3].  Although, this study has bright findings
additional research is also needed to decide if jasmine plant can safely be
used to relieve stomach pain and cure diarrhea.

                Herbs
and plants have been used for centuries as antidotes for the ill, but
scientists have only recently started to look at the effectiveness and safety
of these remedies.  Hopefully, soon
researchers will identify safe, natural treatments which people can use instead
of chemically manufactured medicines.

 

1.            Gao, Y., et al., Jasmine tea consumption and upper
gastrointestinal cancer in China.
Cancer Causes and Control, 2009. 20(10): p. 1997-2007.

2.            Basu,
A. and E. Lucas, Mechanisms and effects
of green tea on cardiovascular health.
Nutrition reviews, 2007. 65(8): p. 361-375.

3.            Jia,
Q., et al., Anti-diarrhoea and analgesic
activities of the methanol extract and its fractions of Jasminum amplexicaule
Buch.-Ham. (Oleaceae).
Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2008. 119(2): p. 299-304.

 

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