At Tea Ave, we love our scented oolongs. And we’re proud of the high level of quality that we adhere to when producing them: We naturally infuse the tea leaves with flower petals by layering flower blossoms with the tea leaves and them leaving them to dry; this process is then repeated multiple times for optimum scent and flavor. Our process is 100 percent natural—we never use chemicals or artificial flavorings, and the difference in quality really comes through when you taste the tea: Naturally infused floral scented oolongs have a subtle, delicate flavor that complements, rather than overwhelming, the oolong’s natural taste.
Bonus: Not only do scented oolongs taste delicious, but they’re good for you, too! Read on for specific health benefits of (and fun facts about) Tea Ave’s different scented oolongs.
Cape Jasmine Oolong
A luxurious tea known for the subtle fragrance of the fog and snow-covered mountains that it was grown on Cape Jasmine Oolong, is known for its abilities to detoxify the blood, relieve congestion and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It’s also good for skin inflammations and sprains. Flavored with gardenia jasminoides, an evergreen flowering plant that originated in Asia, Cape Jasmine Oolong is still used as a traditional medicine in Vietnam. (We suggest putting your feet up, relaxing, and reaping the benefits. Ahh, that’s right).
Ginger Lily Oolong
Ginger Lily Oolong is made from large orange-and-white blossoms that are as beautiful as they are fragrant. Native to tropical Asia and the Himalayas, one species (white Ginger Lily) is the national flower of Cuba, where they know it as flor de mariposa. No Cuban farmer’s garden is complete without it.
The young buds and flowers of ginger lily can be used as flavoring; during times of famine, its roots have been eaten, too. It has several folkloric uses, including treating cataracts (India), diabetes (Bangladesh), headache and inflammatory pains (China), and as relief for stiff, sore joints (Thailand).
Magnolia Oolong gets its delicious fragrance from the creamy pink and white flowers of the magnolia tree, in bloom during spring and summer. And it’s known for its health benefits, too—so much so that some practitioners of herbal medicine use it in oil and extract form (we prefer to sip a cup of tea, but that’s just us).
Magnolia Oolong possesses health benefits that may include treatment of nosebleeds and nose inflammation (including inflammation from allergies), headache relief, body fat reduction, phlegm reduction, treatment of runny or stuffy nose, relief from pollen allergies, as well as maintenance of healthy liver and lungs.
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A popular flower around the world, Jasmine flowers are sweet-scented and often strong-smelling (in the best of ways, we say). Jasmine oil contains benzyl acetate, linalool, alcohols of several varieties, and other compounds, and is desired by makers of fine soaps, shampoos, and oils as well as by makers of more edible stuff.
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Also known as rose bud tea, Rose Oolong is made from whole dehydrated rose blossoms or rose petals. A 2005 study in Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health found that rose teas are helpful in relieving symptoms of menstruation, including the emotional stress associated with menstrual cramps. (And don’t worry, fellas—rose petals are a natural source of Vitamin C, too, which is good for everyone.)
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Osmanthus flowers have long played a role in traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies, but they’re full of more than just warm fuzzy feelings. Initially introduced to Europe by French botanist Jean Delavay in the 19th Century, tea purveyors have since learned that osmanthus’s hardy qualities and pleasing fragrance make it not only a favorite for gardens, but also as a natural food additive; high quantities of antioxidants and its melanin-inhibiting qualities make it a top choice to slow the aging of foods, among other benefits.
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Convinced yet? Next time you feel the tell-tale pounding of a headache coming on, go ahead and brew a pot of Magnolia Oolong. It might just cure what ails you.
Browse our scented oolong teas here.