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A Brief History of Jasmine Tea

A Brief History of Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea has been a popular choice for tea drinkers for centuries and its history can be found in many cultures across the globe from Africa, South Asia and Europe. Jasmine has stood the test of time as being one of the most popular flavours of tea and has been frequently paired with green tea, to create an exceptional brew.

Hailed to contain similar health benefits as green tea, jasmine tea is said to have antibacterial properties, can improve the immune system, and is packed with antioxidants as well as helping with weight loss and combatting stress.

But when did we first start drinking jasmine green tea? Read on to discover more about this tea.

 

Jasmine Tea – Where it all began

Jasmine is a delicate white flower that has been used in decorations, perfumes, food and beverages for centuries and it is even the native flower of Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines. The earliest recorded use of jasmine flowers to add greater depth and flavour to tea leaves like green tea can be traced back to the Han Dynasty in China 206BC – 220AD.

However, jasmine doesn’t naturally grow in China. It actually originated in Persia, which is modern day Iran and was exported via India to China on the ancient Silk Road for centuries. The earliest recorded use of jasmine tea was recorded in the capital Fuzhou in the Fujian province of ancient China and is still in existence today.

The production of specifically jasmine infused teas only started in the Song Dynasty 960AD – 1127AD.

As the popularity of jasmine scented and flavoured tea grew, news spread via trade routes to other areas of China and jasmine tea soon became widespread across the country, as the population started to enjoy the new enhancement of black and green tea flavours by the addition of this exotic flower.

The Fujian province remained the main region where Chinese jasmine was grown, due to its optimal subtropical climate with mild winters and shelter from harsh conditions due to the surrounding mountains. The region is perfectly suited to farming jasmine flowers and it is still being used to grow jasmine today and Fuzhou, its capital, has since become a revered tea district.

When did jasmine tea reach The West?

After the Chinese became enamoured with black and green tea, including jasmine flavoured teas, it evolved into a cultural ritual and teahouses started springing up all over the country. Soon tea was being exported to Korea and Tibet in the seventh century, eventually making its way to Japan by the twelfth century.

However, it was the Dutch who were the first Europeans to discover jasmine green tea in the seventeenth century after hearing about tea from missionaries, sailors, explorers and traders returning back from the Far East. It only took a few decades before tea spread across the rest of Europe and became extremely popular in the UK.

Through the British Empire, the European culture of tea drinking made its way to Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Canada, America, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Soon each of these countries established their own tea drinking customs that are still in use today.

However, other countries also discovered the joys of drinking jasmine tea, green tea and black tea through the colonies of Spain, Portugal and The Netherlands, as well as Morocco and Russia, who also modified the culture and art of brewing the perfect cup of tea according to their traditions.

Jasmine tea today

Today, jasmine tea is enjoyed throughout the world, from Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Far East. It seems many cultures across the globe are now well aware of the health benefits of green tea flavoured with jasmine, as well as the distinctive flavour.

In particular Okinawa, Japan has very strong ties to jasmine tea made with sanpincha, but curiously the rest of Japan isn’t as enamoured with it. Jasmine tea’s popularity is what led us to create a product that would complement our liquid green tea and it is one of our best sellers.

Still being grown in the Fujian Province in China, since 1980, the state government of Guangxi Province has maintained the production of jasmine flowers for use in the tea industry and to ensure continued commercial development. The world’s largest jasmine tea processing plant is located at Heng Country in this area.

 

Pick up some of our liquid jasmine green tea today and see for yourself why we are so in love with it!

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How Much Green Tea Should I Drink In A Day?

Green tea enthusiasts all know there are many benefits of green tea, from the fantastic flavours and aromas that whisper softly above a steaming cup to the added health points you earn too. However, is there such a thing as overdoing it? Is green tea good for you when you drink it regularly?

Well, we have investigated this topic and have found out just how much green tea is advisable to drink in a day, so read on to discover the truth!

 

How much is enough?

Because the flavour is so good and there are numerous health and beauty benefits of green tea which come from drinking it, it’s often easy to forget how many enjoyable cups you’ve had in a day and more importantly, whether there is in fact too much of a good thing and what the effects of green tea are when you overdo it.

According to research, it’s advisable to drink up to three teacups of lovely green tea per day on average, but remember this is teacups, not mugs. However, the research suggests that it can be possible to exceed this recommended daily amount, but the jury is still out as to whether doing so will be healthy.

  • Five teacups of green tea a day have been said to help reduce the risk of certain cancers, but it’s over the recommended amount so proceed with caution.

 

 

  • Ten teacups of green tea a day are said to be the absolute limit and many in the healthcare industry consider this amount to be too much to consume in one day.

 

What are the effects of drinking too much green tea?

You should be fine if you stick to the recommended amount of three teacups of green tea per day, however, if you exceed this limit then you could experience some negative side-effects which are listed below.

Caffeine overload

One of the ingredients in green tea is caffeine, although green tea contains a much, much smaller amount of caffeine compared to black tea and coffee, which is one of the reasons it’s considered to be better for you.

If you drink too much green tea in one day, you might experience the effects of too much caffeine, such as the famous shakes, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Overhydration!

You mightn’t have heard of it before because it is extremely rare but it can happen and it is caused by a severe imbalance of the body’s fluid levels and you guessed it, regularly drinking too many teacups of green tea in one day could cause overhydration.

When someone has consumed too much water, it can lead to water intoxication. When this happens, the body’s electrolytes and salts become severely diluted causing hyponatremia, which is what happens when the salt in the body becomes dangerously low.

So, as long as you are drinking the recommended amount of green tea per day you will be absolutely fine!

Nausea

That’s right, if you exceed the recommended daily amount of green tea in a day, then you could even experience stomach troubles and nausea due to the tannins or the polyphenols that are inside it which can cause digestive complaints in some people.

 

Don’t worry, in summation, as long as you stick to the recommended amounts of green tea in a day, you will be able to enjoy not only the fantastic flavour but also the rich health benefits as well. Stock up on your favourite green tea flavours today!

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Sober for October: How to Embrace Green Tea

With Go Sober for October in full swing and its increasing popularity year on year, it can be a huge challenge to quit drinking alcohol, even if it’s for a worthy cause like Macmillan Cancer Support. That’s why at InnovaGreen, we have decided to showcase some of our favourite green tea mocktail recipes to help you on your fundraising mission, or if you are simply looking to cut down on your weekly alcohol units.

 

What is Sober for October?

Go Sober for October is a recent fundraising measure from Macmillan Cancer Support and it encourages people to get sponsored for taking up the challenge of not drinking alcohol for the 31 days in October.

Getting involved this October will help to make a huge and real difference for Macmillan’s cancer support services that provide care to people and their families who are affected by cancer.

If you’re taking part this year, read on to discover some interesting green tea mocktails.

Green Tea Mocktails

There’s a variety of our favourite green tea mocktail recipes available online but we’ve narrowed this list down to our top three, to help you get inspired this October.

 

1.    The Green Goblin

Perfect for a Halloween party; ditch the gin from this Green Goblin cocktail recipe for a refreshing mocktail using InnovaGreen’s herbal green tea, which will enhance the flavour of your mocktail when combined with cucumber, mint, lemon and botanical tonic water. Mmm delicious!

 

2.    Iced Green Tea Mojito Mocktail

If you’re looking for a taste of summer to enjoy on those warmer October autumn days, then this tasty Iced Green Tea Mojito Mocktail is just the ticket. Replace the white wine spritzer in the recipe with some apple juice and our delightful mint green tea for that classic mojito flavour and you can’t go wrong!

 

3.    Jasmine Ginger Iced Green Tea

Try this terrific mocktail with our tasty liquid jasmine green tea for an extra special flavour you’re sure to fall in love with. The combination of warming ginger and floral Jasmine in this mocktail is sure to keep you coming back for more.

 

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The Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

Many people aren’t aware of the multiple benefits green tea can have on your beauty regime. Skincare, haircare and more besides can all be boosted through the natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea.

What is so healthy about green tea?

Rich in age-busting antioxidants, green tea is a popular ingredient in many natural and organic skincare and beauty brands – and it’s easy to see why. Helping to detox your body both from the inside as well as the outside (when used topically), it’s a good idea to double up your anti-ageing efforts with this fantastic ingredient.

Here are some of our favourite green tea beauty hacks that you can try at home!

Green tea facial toner

Try mixing some of our green tea sachets with one tablespoon of aloe vera gel and two tablespoons of fresh cucumber juice in a blender or smoothie maker. Pour this into a suitable container to keep in the fridge for a natural way to boost your skincare routine.

Green tea for acne

Make some cold green tea, then dip in either a cotton bud or pad and lightly dab it on the affected area, leaving it to work its magic for up to 15 minutes before washing off well. Your breakouts could well be cleared with the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea.

Green tea body scrub

If you suffer from dry or rough skin, it can be a real pain to treat – not to mention the expense! Instead, you can whip up a batch of green tea body scrub at home for an effective and affordable treatment. Mix some natural yoghurt, coarse sugar and green tea, for a natural alternative to expensive exfoliators.

Green tea hair masque

If you’ve got brittle or damaged hair you will know how frustrating this is, but don’t fret, you can make your own protective green tea hair masque to get it back on track. Just mix together a beaten raw egg for added protein and some strongly brewed green tea before carefully applying this to your dry scalp, leaving it for half an hour before you wash it out.

 

 

 

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When did Green Tea Arrive in the UK?

Tea, including green tea, has become a staple of British culture and is commonly associated with us around the world. But it might surprise you to hear that it’s been in Britain for a relatively short period, compared to the amount of time that tea has actually existed. Here’s a short history of green tea in Britain.

When did tea arrive?

Despite being consumed in China since at least the third century AD, tea didn’t arrive in Europe until many years later. It arrived through Southern Europe and first started to be sold by coffeehouses across the UK in the late 1600s. Green tea has been drunk in the UK since the very first leaves arrived.

By the early 1700s, there were about 500 of these coffeehouses that sold tea throughout the country.

When did tea become popular?

Though tea in Europe became largely a preserve of the upper classes, in the UK it was a widely available beverage that everybody was able to enjoy the refreshing taste of – regardless of class or status.

Despite an unfortunate period of high tariffs on tea, during which smuggling was rampant, nothing was going to come between the British and their newfound obsession. Luckily, these were reduced in the late 1700s, allowing the tea industry to grow to its full potential. Since then, it’s become a vital cornerstone of British culture and looks unlikely to go anywhere any time soon.

If you’re a fan of green tea and want to find out more about liquid green tea, the easiest way to brew tea, then have a look at our recent blogs.

 

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Different Types of Green Tea to Drink

If you’re a tea fanatic, you’ll know that there are plenty of different ways to brew tea – and you probably have pretty strong opinions about which is best. Plenty of other people, however, might not be quite so clued up on their bags, strainers and infusers. Here are just a few of the different kinds of brewing techniques for tea.

Tea bag

Using a tea bag is one of the most popular and easiest methods of brewing green tea. The bag holds the tea leaves together and allows you to brew without any extra equipment. Place the teabag in your mug or teapot and simply add water, leaving the drink to brew for 2-3 minutes.

Loose leaf

Loose leaf tea does what it says on the tin. It refers to black or green tea leaves on their own without any bag or container. In order to brew this you’ll need some extra equipment, like a strainer or perhaps an infuser. These do the same job as a teabag, keeping the leaves together and allowing the hot water to brew through it.

Liquid green tea

The easiest way to brew tea is by using liquid green tea. Rather than using a bag, strainer, infuser or any other implement, all you need do is add water to the liquid green tea. As well as being the easiest way to brew tea, it’s also one of the most versatile, since you can brew hot tea and iced green tea using the same method.

Now that you know a few different ways of brewing your tea, why not find out more about the best cups to drink green tea out of?

Check out our whole range of liquid green tea products right here.

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Green Tea Flavours: Which is Right for You?

The fact that drinking green tea is good for you, and that it tastes delicious, are both commonly accepted facts. Many people want to discover an easy and convenient way of incorporating the fantastic drink into their diet. Luckily, you’ll be happy to hear that there are a whole range of interesting and exciting flavours available, allowing you to tailor your morning green tea to your unique tastes and desires. Here are just a few.

Pure Green

For the green tea purists amongst you – pure green tea does exactly what it says on the tin. This is pure green tea, with nothing extra added. Like all our green tea flavours, pure green liquid green tea sachets derive from native Sri Lankan Camellia sinensis leaves and are vacuum sealed in our premium sachets to last the maximum possible time.

Herbal Green

If you want to maintain that authentic green tea taste, with just a little bit of added herbal twist, then Herbal Green is exactly what you’re looking for. With added chamomile, thyme and peppermint, this combination could be a great way to enjoy relaxing green tea in the evening.

Mint Green

Among the main green tea flavours available in our shop, we also offer a premium Mint Green flavour. With an added minty taste – this is exactly what you’re looking for if you want a refreshing twist to your healthy morning cuppa.

Jasmine Green

Jasmine green tea contains all the same authentic, top quality Sri Lankan tea leaves that you’d expect from other variations, with, as the name would suggest, just a hint of Jasmine. Jasmine, a fairly common addition to a wide range of cuisines, actually derives from a flower that grows across Europe, Asia and Australia.

All the green tea flavours

If you just can’t make your mind up about what type of green tea is for you, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can get the whole range. Our multi flavour combination box comes with 60 distinct teabags, with 15 in each flavour. And at just £9.99, you can even get over 15% off the price of all four combined individual products.

Check out our shop to find out more about these exciting green tea flavours.

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Iced Green Tea – A Perfect Summer Treat

It’s that time of year again: the sun’s out, the sunscreen’s on – and iced drinks are everywhere. People everywhere are searching for some reprieve from the heat, and iced green tea and other cold refreshments are a perfect way of finding that.

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy iced green tea this summer – then you’ve certainly come to the right place. Here’s how to get the best out of your green tea.

Classic iced green tea

Iced green tea is easier than ever to enjoy this summer. With traditional green tea, you have to brew it in the normal way with hot water, before waiting for it to cool down or icing it. Our convenient green tea sachets, on the other hand, can be enjoyed hot or cold, simply by adding water. So if all you’re looking for is a classic iced green tea – then simply add water and ice and enjoy!

Check out all of our green tea flavours for a whole range of iced green tea possibilities.

Lemon lime and mint iced green tea

If you’re looking for an iced green tea with a little more flavour, then why not try pairing our mint green tea with some lemon and lime. The sweet citrus taste of the fruit makes a fantastic addition to mint green tea, hot or cold, and is certain to be a delightful treat. If you want an extra layer of mint with your refreshing drink, why not add some fresh mint leaves into the mix?

Peach iced tea

For a particularly fruity spin on your normal green tea flavours, why not try adding some peach slices into any of our green tea flavours? Perhaps the only thing more refreshing than a cool glass of iced green tea is fruit – so why not combine the two? We think this one goes particularly well with Jasmine green tea.

But don’t take our word for it – get our full range of green tea flavours in one convenient box right here – and start making your own combinations today!

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What’s the Best Cup to Drink Green Tea Out Of?

If you’re as enthusiastic a green tea drinker as we are, you’ll know well that the quality of your drink can change drastically depending on the cup or mug you drink it from. Unfortunately, however, it’s not always easy to work out what qualities to look out for when you’re choosing which tea set to buy.

So here’s a look at some of the best teacup materials and why you should get hold of one of them today.

Ceramic

A good portion of teacups are made from ceramic – and there are plenty of good reasons for that. The non-porous material doesn’t hold in dirt and bacteria, which is a good way of making sure that what you’re drinking is pure tea – with no added nasties.

Glass

Glass teacups also have the benefit of being non-porous. In most cases, the glass doesn’t react with the tea in any way, so it’s a great material to ensure the cup doesn’t interfere with the liquid green tea and flavour. The only drawback of glass is it tends to let green tea, and indeed other types of tea, cool down faster – so make sure you drink up fast!

Porcelain

Porcelain is also popular for teacups in this country. One of the benefits of porcelain is it’s easy to create a thin lip at the top of the cup, letting the tea roll quickly onto your tongue. Porcelain also helps to maintain the taste and quality of tea by protecting it against the invasion of tannins.

Buy some first rate green tea

Of course the most important ingredient in a good cup of green tea is some fantastic tea to start off with. And if you’re in a hurry, there’s a good chance you haven’t got time to start fiddling with teabags in order to make that happen. So make sure you’ve got yourself a sachet of convenient, high quality liquid green tea on hand just for that occasion.

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Liquid Green Tea: A Sri Lankan Innovation

On the surface it probably seems like liquid green tea products like ours are an exciting new innovation. After all, being able to make a great cup of tea just by adding water probably isn’t something you’ve experienced before.

But far from being a new-age trend, liquid green tea has been an important staple of one of the most important tea-drinking cultures for centuries. And chances are, you won’t have heard about it. So here’s what you need to know.

Green tea from Sri Lanka

To say Sri Lanka is a country fairly big on their tea would be an understatement of fairly totemic proportions. In fact, it’s the world’s second largest tea exporter, just a nudge behind China. For contrast, it’s worth remembering that China’s population is about sixty times the size of Sri Lanka. So it’s fair to say that their contribution is fairly disproportionate.

Sri Lanka, or Ceylon, as it was known under the British Empire, has been more traditionally associated with black tea than green. And true – whilst they make, drink and export significantly more black tea – a proud tradition in green tea cultivation remains an important part of the country’s history as well. In fact, the tea has been produced in Sri Lanka since the earliest records of tea itself.

Ceylon liquid green tea

Our liquid green tea sachets are based on an ancient Sri Lankan tradition of green tea consumption. We think there’s no finer country in the world from which to source our tea. In fact, we don’t just get our tea from there – we work closely with native specialists to make sure only the finest Sri Lankan tea leaves make their way into your sachet.

Made from Camellia Sinesis leaves, our liquid tea combines the best parts of modern convenience with the ancient tradition of Sri Lankan tea drinking. There’s never been a more convenient time to get all the great taste and health benefits of green tea into your diet today.

Interested? Have a look over our entire range today.