How to Grow Jasmine Tea

Overview

Jasmine is an herb that has many beneficial effects when consumed, from lowering blood pressure and reducing stress to regulating aging and preventing cancer. You can grow it in a small or large space on a trellis, and within months you'll have blossoms to create a jasmine herbal tea.

Step 1

Place a wooden trellis somewhere in your yard, patio or balcony. If you are tight on space, you can secure it to the wall on a patio so it is not on the ground and is out of the way. Plus, once it starts blooming, it will add a pretty touch to your outside area.

Step 2

Make sure the trellis is in full sun to partial shade. Plant the jasmine seeds 6 inches apart in the ground in front of the trellis or in the plant pot you have provided under the trellis. Over time, the jasmine vines will crawl up onto the trellis. Water every other day, and in moist climates, water accordingly if rain is available to the plant. Pruning is not necessary until about a year after jasmine is planted, and you will already have blooms within a couple of months.

Step 3

Pick the white jasmine flower blooms once they have opened on the plant. The best time to pick blossoms is after the sun has been up for at least 2 hours, but before the heat of the day.

Step 4

Mash the flowers together in a bowl to release their essential oils. Rub them together and mash them up with a spoon or your fingers carefully. Do not rip them up.

Step 5

Boil water for the tea. For every cup of water, add 3 teaspoons of the jasmine blossoms. You can either add them to the teapot after the water has boiled or place them directly into your mug where the water will be poured. Combine the water and the jasmine.

Step 6

Let the jasmine steep in the tea for 10 minutes to extract all of the herbal remedies and nutrients.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful around boiling water.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis
  • Jasmine seeds
  • Plant pot, if needed
  • Water
  • Teapot
  • Tea mug
  • Jasmine flowers and blossom
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