One of our favorites in the Premium line up - Osmanthus Gui Hua, or in other words - a Chinese green tea mixed in with very fragrant Osmanthus flowers (an evergreen tea native to China & belonging to Oleace family).
Photo source - Esgreen.com (1*)
And what makes it one of our favorites? Definitely the flavor.
Osmanthus flowers have a delicate fruity-floral apricot aroma & when mixed with tea, they make that tea stand out.
But flavor is not the only strong point with Gui Hua. This tea has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) for variety of problems. And here are some of its benefits:
"This tea is rich in elements like Selenium, Cobalt or Manganese. These are very rare in other teas and the human body needs them in order to function properly. Osmanthus tea is regarded a strong cleansing tea in Chinese medicine. It is used to treat “Yin” deficiencies like kidney problems, endocrine problems or liver problems. You can use it for a cleansing routine with great effects. It stimulates the body to get rid of the toxins accumulated in the liver or kidneys. It will make you feel refreshed and younger.This tea can also be used for preventing bad breath. You can use it in the morning as a mouth wash, but it is not advisable because of the steep price of this tea. It also helps with the nervous system. Regular consumption improves the brain functions and you will feel less stressed. Osmanthus has mild effects on nervous cells and it alleviates mild anxiousness." (1*)
And here is another source listing the benefits of Osmanthus flowers:
"1. Reduces oxidative stress
According to a study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Osmanthus flowers reduce oxidative stress in animals. Osmanthus tea has a mild sedative effect, so it helps relax the mind, as well as improve brain function. 2. Reduces phlegm and stasis
According to another study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Osmanthus reduces phlegm and stasis in animals. Stasis is the slowdown or stoppage in the flow of blood and other body fluids.
3. May treat allergies
Osmanthus tea contains anti-allergic agents. It helps reduce congestion in the throat, as well as mucus caused by inflamed lungs.
4. May ease menstrual pain
Osmanthus tea may help reduce menstrual pain. It is beneficial to treat stomach aches and diarrhea. It also improves digestion, treats intestinal diseases, and reduces bloating and gas.
5. Detoxifying effect
Osmanthus flower tea helps your body get rid of toxins present in the kidneys and liver, and makes you feel fresh and energized. In Chinese medicine, it is used as a strong cleansing agent. It is helpful in treating issues related to the kidneys, liver, and the endocrine system.
6. Combats free radicals
According to a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, Osmanthus has a good amount of phenolic acid. Phenolic acid acts as a natural source of antioxidants. It combats free radicals that may cause cataracts or cell damage. Free radicals also cause chronic inflammation and cardiovascular diseases.According to a review published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, a diet rich in polyphenols reduces the risk of chronic diseases.
7. Prevents bad breath
Osmanthus tea prevents bad breath. You can use it as a mouthwash in the morning.
8. Suppresses appetite
According to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, inhaling the aroma of osmanthus tea may curb your appetite. The fragrance of Osmanthus decreases the activity of appetite-stimulating brain chemicals. It also increases the activity of appetite-suppressing brain chemicals. Therefore, it may help curb binge eating and aid weight loss.
9. May help protect insulin-producing cells
According to an article published in the Journal of Natural Medicines, Osmanthus flowers have vitamin B3 in the form of niacinamide. This vitamin helps your body convert carbohydrates into energy. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, niacinamide may help protect insulin-producing cells in type-1 diabetics.
10. Benefits the skin and eyes
Osmanthus tea is good for enhancing eyesight. Regular consumption of the tea helps to moisturize the skin. Osmanthus tea also enhances skin tone and color. Some skincare products for topical application contain Osmanthus essential oil.
11. Provides vital nutrients
Osmanthus tea contains cobalt, selenium, manganese, and molybdenum. It contains trans-alpha-carotene, trans-beta-carotene, and neo-beta-carotene B. The tea relieves fatigue and prevents drowsiness.
12. Helps treat rheumatism
According to a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods, Osmanthus helps treat rheumatism. It also prevents platelet aggregation.Traditional Chinese medicine, recommends Osmanthus tea for pregnant women." (2*)
So when you mix those medicinal flowers with highly beneficial green tea & add to that the fermentation factor, then you'll end up with something quite powerful. Something that you could drink & enjoy, based on the flavor alone.
So we make it just like we make any other one of our Premium Kombucha. Simply brewed in glass, using only Gui Hua, filtered & revitalized water and our live & happy Kombucha cultures. When it's done, it looks like this:
Just one more note on the fragrance of Osmanthus flowers - they are widely used in the perfume industry as an ingredient in some of the world’s most famous fragrances.
And also - Osmanthus Tea has been used for centuries for creating beautiful skin. It was believed that a cup a day enhanced skin tone and color.
Ingredients: Filtered & revitalized water, Live Kombucha Cultures, BIO Unrefined Sugar & Osmanthus Gui Hua Green Tea
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