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There are about 200 different varieties of the jasmine flower which grow across Europe and throughout Asia and the rest of the world. The flowers are highly fragrant, smell sweet and come from a vine-like plant that is related to the olive. In general, for making jasmine green tea, the two species that are used to add flavour are common jasmine and Sampaguita.
Common jasmine was originally more common to areas like the Middle East, including Afghanistan while Sampaguita may have had its origin in the Himalayas. Over the years, however, the plant has easily crossed borders and is prevalent in many areas of the world.
North China isn’t the only place where it has cultural significance. In the Philippines, it is the national flower and is used to create Leis or garlands for visiting dignitaries while in Indonesia it is used in wedding ceremonies. The making of green tea using jasmine is now a multi-million dollar industry.
Possible side effects include:
- 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. Headaches, jitters, shakiness, or trouble sleeping may be the result of too much caffeine from tea and other beverages.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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