Osmanthus fragrans is a small bush mostly grown in China, Taiwan and Japan. Osmanthus blossoms are harvested in late summer, dried and used for making Chinese flower tea. Flowers are small and beautiful with an intense yellow golden colour. They give a pale yellow liquor with a very rich aroma. The flavour contains a range of notes, from honey to creamy, peachy, a bit spicy and very captivating.
The colour of the petals may vary from bright light yellow to almost brown. The highest quality is the bright yellow, the taste is more ethereal and sweet.
Osmanthus tea benefits, studies showed that osmanthus flowers are rich in polyphenols and niacinamide and may have many potential health benefits. The type of polyphenols in osmanthus tea will be different than the type of polyphenols in green tea, but some of the benefits may be quite similar.
Boosting immune system
Studies showed that even a cup of osmanthus flower tea per day may help improve immune system and increase anti oxidative defense. The anti oxidative activity of osmanthus flowers may be just slightly weaker than the anti oxidative activity of green teas. Because of their anti oxidative and free radical scavenging activity, osmanthus flowers may help with better aging too.
Osmanthus flowers have an anti inflammatory properties and may help reduce inflammation, especially related to respiratory system such as asthma.
Helping with digestive problems
Osmanthus is commonly used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea and stomachache. Try blending it with another ingredient with digestive benefits, such as mint.
Neuroprotective activity and supressing the appetite
Studies showed that eugenol and geraniol in osmanthus flowers may help protect the brain against diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. What’s even more interesting is that even the scent of osmanthus flowers may have an impact on brain to reduce the motivation to eat, thus may help to achieve your weight loss goals and to enhance memory while learning.
Adding osmanthus flower tea and essential oil into your life may be the most beautiful way to relax.
Quantity: 2 gramm per 300ml.
Water temperature: 85-90ºC. From fresh, cold spring water or filtered water.
Brewing time: 80-120…seconds