Jasmine pearl flower tea is a fragrant, refreshing tea made by combining jasmine flower blooms with different types of tea leaves. The primary ingredient in jasmine pearl tea is green tea, although it is not unusual to be made wit black or white tea. Jasmine flower is believed to be introduced in China from east-southern Asia via India during the Han dynasty (206BC– 220AD). However, it did not become widespread until the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912) when tea started to be exported in large quantities to the west. Origins of Jasmine tea are in Fujian province where its production started. The long green tea buds are hand-picked from the young green tea plants, and heated soon after picking to arrest oxidation of the leaves. They are then carefully stored for several weeks until the Jasmine flowers blossom. The tea buds are very skilfully hand rolled into perfect spheres and layered over several nights with the fresh Jasmine blossoms. Although Jasmine tea is not a herbal tea it has great health benefits. Perhaps the most praised aspect of jasmine tea is the high level of antioxidants. The most notable antioxidants found in jasmine tea are catechins. Catechins are antioxidants that tend to be integral in preventing certain serious diseases such as diabetes, cancer, stress relief, intestinal discomfort etc., However, due to its strong odours and being lightly acid, Jasmine tea can also have adverse effects and cause intestinal discomfort if drunk during a treatment for weight loss, or in pregnancy due to its strong fragrance. In addition, Jasmine tea is a great source of caffeine which may have effects on a great scale.