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Chinese Jasmine Tea
Flowers have always held great significance in Chinese culture, from the ancient times to the modern day. Chinese mythological symbols of good and evil, from gods to demons, have been depicted using the many flowers, plants and vines of Asia. Flowers, having always stood for the power of nature, have been used in the brewing of tea, which is another traditional practice deep rooted in Chinese culture. The brewing of Chinese flower tea includes the art of combining flowers such that the very brewing of a tea is a religious and cultural act, evident in its visual spectacle. Amaranth, sunflower, marigold and jasmine are flowers that are symbols of Chinese mythology, and this is called to mind when witnessing an act of brewing flower tea.
Jasmine is a great favorite among flower tea brewers in China. This flower exists in many species, and has one of the most evocative fragrances in the world. Its aroma persists even after the tea is dried and combined with other components in its brew. Jasmine tea has existed for centuries throughout Asia. It is known for its healing properties. Jasmine has always been used as a sedative in traditional Chinese aromatherapy, and when used in tea, this lends jasmine tea its calming effect. Drinking jasmine tea can cure an upset stomach, prevent or reduce inflammation, and give you great, relaxing sleep.
Jasmine flowers are popularly used among several other flower buds in traditional Chinese brews. It has medicinal value, as well as a beautiful scent that gives it aesthetic value. This combination makes it the perfect choice to flower tea. Jasmine flowers are also grown in a number of different colors, and this variety makes jasmine truly unique. White jasmine flowers and pink roses create feelings of passion when brewed together. Yellow jasmine flowers, marigolds, and amaranth buds, when dried and woven together, resonate with the images and fragrances of a summer's day upon a meadow.
Weaving flower buds together in order to create a colorful, fragrant experience in a teapot dates back to ancient Chinese tradition. This continues to evoke a sense of history, as well as a feeling of oneness with nature, even today. This practice has been handed down from the days of Chinese dynasties to modern day China, and will continue to be handed down because of its deep roots in Chinese tradition and culture. Chinese jasmine tea is a brew that every tea drinker must experience.