Osmanthus is a shrubs to small size tree that is found in the South-East provinces of China. It is associated with marriage, weddings and love. The flower of osmanthus is very sweet, beautiful and aromatic. Its bright gold and yellow appearance and powerful scent make it a preferred beverage.
The use of Osmanthus in tea dates back way before Ming dynasty in China. Although the tea was introduced in Europe in the mid-1800s, it has not yet been accepted fully in the west and remains widely used in Asia.
Health Benefits of Osmanthus Tea
Like many herbal teas, there are several benefits associated with taking this kind of tea. Here is a list of its advantages:
- Rich in antioxidants - It contains polyphenol compounds that are found to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease.
- Possible appetite suppressant - Inhaling its aroma may reduce your appetite. In a certain study, it was proved that the scent decreases the activity in areas of the brain that arouse appetite.
- promotes beautiful skin
- Rich in vitamin B-3 – Scientists in China have found Osmanthus to contain vitamin B-3. This vitamin helps the body to convert carbohydrates into energy. It also helps to protect insulin-producing cells in people with Type 1 diabetes.
How to Prepare Osmanthus Tea?
When it’s time to make the perfect osmanthus tea, the tiny flower buds are the most appropriate for use. They immersed in hot water and left to stand for a few minutes. The result is a refreshing liquid with a sweet, floral aroma that can be smelled from a distance. The simplest way to make this tea is to pour hot water over flower buds that are held in a tea strainer. Alternatively, those who want a perfect product can get a glass two-piece tea infuser.
|Water Temp ||160-180 Fahrenheit |
|Amount||2g / cup |
While drinking the tea on its own is perfect, it can also be mixed with the honey-sweet type of black teas or green teas for a different flavor. Another popular blend is to include light oolongs like Tieguanyin/Tikuanyin. Since Osmanthus does not contain caffeine, the tea can be enjoyed any time without fear of being kept awake.