China Memoirs #5

Today I want to talk a little about Osmanthus fragrans.

This is a little known flowering plant of Japan, China, and, surprisingly, the United States.  It has many properties that help detox the body and strengthen its constitution.

The reason why I want to say a little diddy about this plant is because it is VERY popular in China.  The Chinese people put it in cakes and other sweet treats, besides the average use as a tea.  It can also be put into stews, soups, and mixed in with facials for the ladies (or the men that want exuberant-looking skin…).  Currently I am drinking it as a tea mixed with some Jasmine and green tea to help flush my own liver, whiten my teeth, and to improve lung health. China’s small and large cities/towns are polluted with either dirt or industry pollution and our lung constitutions are constantly being challenged.  These teas are considered essential living as a laowei (foreigner) in Asian cities.

This website: http://www.divineglowinghealth.com/the-amazing-benefits-of-osmanthus-flowers/ does a nice job of explaining its benefits.  The Wikipedia sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmanthus and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osmanthus_fragrans do this plant little justice.  However, this is what one can expect from an herb that is little researched in the western world, because it is traditionally used as a folk medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  On the second wikipedia site, there are two research articles done to show some of its benefits.

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Hope you enjoy reading this!

Peace to the Asian East!

Derek

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2 thoughts on “China Memoirs #5”

  1. Hey Jennifer!

    Well.. this little herb is harder to find in the United States, but I think one would find success either online or at a more gourmet tea shop like “Teavana” or otherwise. Unfortunately that means it may be a little more expensive, but it is no ordinary tea either. I could be wrong, as I have just discovered this tea in China, but one could look in Dekalb at Duck Soup Coop, Hyvee, or possibly the House?

    I am trying to think of places that could sell it. Duck Soup Coop would be probably be the best place to start, otherwise I may just have to bring some home for you!

    Try first health food stores close to you, then the internet.

    Let me know what you find!

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