April showers might be here, but we’re feeling all warm and romantic toward our newest Tea of the Month, Osmanthus Oolong. Why? For one, For one, the Osmanthus flower is a symbol of romance in Taiwanese culture, and Osmanthus Oolong is a traditional wedding tea in Taiwan. Its lingering floral, fruity taste is well-suited to ceremonies full of friends and loved ones.
Other fun facts about osmanthus:
- Known as guihua 桂花 in Chinese, osmanthus is a flowering shrub native to Asia, where it is prized for its special, delicate aroma and uses in health, beauty, and culinary applications.
- Osmanthus is the city flower of several cities in China: Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Gujilin.
- You can cook with it! Osmanthus is used in such dishes as osmanthus-scented jam, dumplings, soups, as well as a Chinese gruel called chátāng. We think it’d be awesome in tea cookies with a cup of tea on the side.
- It might help you lose weight: According to an article in Scientific Reports, osmanthus was shown to decrease appetite by decreasing the activity of brain chemicals that stimulate appetite. We’ll drink to that.
- You can do more than eat or drink osmanthus: Incorporate it into your beauty regimen by making a homemade face scrub with honey, sugar, and dried blossoms.
- It’s rich in antioxidants. Osmanthus oolong contains polyphenol compounds, which data suggests reduce the risk of chronic diseases and other health conditions such as coronary heart disease.
- Osmanthus may also be used to treat menstrual pain and colds; it is said to decrease inflammation and clear mucous.
- Our Osmanthus Oolong is made using the ancient method of baking osmanthus blossoms with Alishan Jin Xuan tea leaves during the last stage of processing. That means that the tea is infused with the essence of the flower while remaining completely free of preservatives and artificial flavorings. We think that’s pretty swoon-worthy.
Osmanthus Oolong is 15% off during the month of April. Shop now (you might fall in love; we warned you).