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.
Hope you enjoy reading this!
Peace to the Asian East!