The word osmanthus derives from Greek osma, meaning “fragrant”, and anthos, meaning “flower”. Osmanthus is one of the 10 famous flowers in Mainland China and Taiwan, being a traditional symbol of Love and Romance and usually brought to the new home by the bride. A cup of osmanthus tea from Fujian, China can fill a whole room with great sweet and fragrant smell, great tea to drink alone or with other green teas. Used for cooking due to rich aroma also. The fragrant Osmanthus symbolized True Love, Faithfulness, Fertility and Peace, and had the meaning of “giving birth to noble children” and “many children and many grandchildren” in the Asian culture. It is also the “city flower” of the cities of Hangzhou, Suzhou, Guilin in China and is the “town tree” of the town of Yoshitomi,Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan.
In traditional Chinese medicine, osmanthus tea has been used as an herbal tea for the treatment of menopathies. The extract of dried flowers showed neuroprotective, free-radical scavenging, antioxidative effects in in vitro assays. It also improves the complexion of the drinker, reduce the risk of the onset of cancer and diabetes.