By Hayley Pangle

The origin of jasmine tea dates to the Song dynasty of China between 960 and 1279 A.D. According to Chinese tradition, jasmine tea is served before dinner. It is often used in aromatherapy since its scent is thought to have calming effects and assist with weight loss. The process of preparing jasmine tea is as delicate as the tea's taste: it takes time and patience to make a pristine cup.

Jasmine tea has a sweet taste and is loaded with antioxidants.
Tea leaves from the store will already be heated once to remove moisture.

Buy green tea leaves at a local store or online. It is very difficult to grow your own tea leaf plants. The growing process of green tea leaves requires very specialized growing conditions and harvesting techniques which is hard to match in regions that do not produce tea on a large scale.

Jasmine blossoms grow in bunches.

Grow your own jasmine plants to make your jasmine tea. Plant small jasmine plants in an outdoor garden next to a terrace that can help support it once the plant starts to grow. Make sure the plant receives steady morning sunlight but not harsh midday sunlight. Check the soil daily and water enough to keep the surrounding soil moist.

Step 3

Pick your jasmine flowers once the plant matures. Harvest several blooms in the late afternoon and keep in a dry spot. Spread your green tea leaves evenly over a flat surface. Sprinkle the jasmine blooms over the leaves. These flowers bloom at night even after they are picked. Leave the flowers and leaves overnight as the leaves must be exposed to the jasmine for at least 4 hours. Throw away the flowers in the morning.

Step 4

Repeat this process for a few nights in a row. You can do this for as long as 12 nights, as some top tea sellers do. Store the tea leaves in an airtight container as this will protect them from moisture.

Drink jasmine tea three or four times a week to strengthen your immmune system.

Boil cold water on the stove. Steep your jasmine tea in the warm water when it reaches between 150 and 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Top off the drink with a few leftover jasmine blossoms. This adds more of a decorative touch since the scent of the blossoms will have dried out. Let the jasmine leaves steep for about 5 minutes and enjoy.