Osmanthus Tea Introduction
Osmanthus is a delicious herbal tea that will win you over with its sweet taste and flowery smell. Tea lovers will recognize the aroma of peaches and apricots which makes this tea very fruity although it is made from the osmanthus flowers which grown on an evergreen plant. The harvest is in late autumn since the flowers bloom from September to October. Only the best flowers are picked and then set out to dry naturally, ensuring the best results. The gold colored flowers are not ground up in small pieces in order to preserve their shape as much as possible and also to maintain as much flavor and nutrients.
There are many different species of osmanthus, but the tea is made from osmanthus fragrans which means fragrant osmanthus. It is also known as guìhuā in China and mokusei in Japan. The plant is native to Asia, but can now be found all over the world as it was brought to Europe in 19th century. It also has many other uses besides making tea. Osmanthus flowers are also used for cooking, making jams, cake, soup, liquor, perfumes, and even as an insect repellent.
Osmanthus tree is found in many Chinese mythological stories which speaks a lot about how important it was for the culture. In one myth, Wu Gang, a famous character from Chinese stories, was punished and so he had to constantly chop down an osmanthus plant that was growing on the Moon and continually healing itself. It signifies an endless struggle which is very similar to the famous story of Sisyphus. The connection of osmanthus to the Moon is still observable today. Since the flowers bloom in late autumn, it was in the time of harvest which was connected to Moon and celebrated. Chinese Autumn Festival still carries on that tradition.
In another myth, osmanthus is a symbol for romance, marriage, and love, but there is still a connection to the moon. Houyi was a fearless archer who received peaches as a reward from the Queen of the Sky. The special thing about these peaches was that they give you immortality and transport you to the moon. But since Houyi loved his wife so much, he didn’t want to eat the peaches because that would mean he would have to leave her. Then a bad student of Houyi tried to steal the peaches and force the wife to give them to him. She rejected and instead ate the peaches herself. She became immortal and rose up to the moon. Houyi was devastated without his wife so the Queen of the Sky allowed them to meet up once a year under a special Osmanthus tree. That day of the year is when the aforementioned Chinese Autumn Festival is held.
Drinking this tea will only captivate you with amazing aroma and flavor, it can also transport you to an ancient and romantic mythological world where everything is possible and osmanthus grows on the moon!
A famous Chinese poet from the Tang dynasty wrote, "sweet-scented osmanthus seeds fell on the Moon as its fragrance in the sky was wafted through the clouds".
Taste and Smell Profile
• Flavor: Sweet and floral
• Color: Yellow
• Smell: Sweet
• Before Brewing: Yellow, crunchy
• After Brewing: Soft and mushy
About AiryTea Osmanthus Tea Package
• Tea Type: Osmanthus Tea
• Weight: 75g
• Shelf Life: 18 months
• Tea Storage Recommendation: Store it in a cool and dry place away from sunlight.
Top 10 Osmanthus (Sweet Olive) Tea Benefits
Sweet olive tea is incredibly good for you and can help with many medical conditions and problems. It has been used a natural remedy in China for centuries and it is proven to work. Osmanthus tea is completely caffeine free which means it won’t keep you awake at night and it is suitable for people who have given up caffeine. It can relax and calm you down, getting rid of anxiety and stress.
If you suffer from bad menstrual and pre-menstrual symptoms, drinking a cup of osmanthus tea can help you with that, relieving you of stomach pain and bloating. Constipation is another symptom it can help with because it aids your digestion. It can also help you lose weight, lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and even ease the pain caused by arthritis. This magical tea can improve your skin health and you can use it as natural mouthwash. There are so many amazing health benefits of this tea that it would be real shame not to try it.
For a more detailed explanation of the top 10 osmanthus tea benefits, read more below.
1. Sweet Olive Tea is Good for Your Skin
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How To Brew / Prepare Osmanthus Tea?
Brewing this tea is very quick and simple. Take one teaspoon of dried osmanthus flowers, pour hot water and steep for 4-5 minutes. If you want the tea to be stronger, add more tea and steep for a longer time. You can also drink this tea cold by adding ice and storing it in a fridge. Although osmanthus tea has a pretty sweet flavor, you can also add honey to your tea if you want it to be even sweeter.
Osmanthus Tea Shipping Times
We are proud to offer two great shipping methods that will suit everyone’s needs.
Flat Rate Shipping
- Great for people who are not in a hurry and want to save on even more for mulberry tea. This method will take around 10 to 30 days to arrive.
- For everyone who wants to try our mulberry tea as soon as possible, pick this method and get your tea in just 1 to 5 business days.
Please note: this excludes handling time, which is usually less than 24 hours. However, if there are certain situations beyond our control (such as the post office being closed) it may take up to 72 hours for your package to be shipped.
If you have changed your mind regarding the tea, you can return the unopened package to us and we will be more than happy to give you a refund. Please contact us (with your order number) to proceed with the request.