Earthy green leaves and subtly sweet, highly aromatic jasmine for a wonderful anytime of day tea. Uplifting, mind clearing, antioxidant full!
- Green tea leaves
- Jasmine tea leaves
- Bay leaf (optional)
Combine one teaspoon green tea leaves with one teaspoon jasmine tea leaves in a strainer. Add the bay leaf on top. If you don’t have jasmine leaves, you can cut open a jasmine teabag and use the grounds (That’s what I did…oops). You really want to have green loose leaves rather than bagged so you get the full flavor possible out of green tea.
Pour honey into your mug before you infuse the tea. Slowly pour the hot tea water over the leaves in your strainer, then let steep for 7+ minutes.
Green and jasmine tea includes potent antioxidants, catechins and polyphenols, which reduce inflammation and may help protect against cancers. These catechins in green tea may stop the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This lowers the risk of infections and leads to improvements in oral health, plus reduces bad breath. Containing around 35mg of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, these two work synergistically together to improve brain function and improve mood.
Adding a bay leaf not only adds its unique earthy flavor, it also has many health benefits especially useful during the cold and flu seasons. Bay leaves contain vitamins A, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, and iron. They will help balance your blood sugar, especially for those with diabetes. Digestion issues? Said to boost appetite, and help gastric issues. Last but not least, bay leaves in can help ease the symptoms of coughs and colds helping to clear congestion.
Other benefits of this blend include immune system support, more calorie burning due to faster metabolism rates, and a lower risk of arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.