The Amazing Benefits of Osmanthus Flowers


Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information about osmanthus flowers in English on the internet, in fact, it’s very rare to find it in shops, unless you buy the osmanthus and green tea in some Asian grocery stores. However, I would like to talk about the wonderful benefits of these beautiful, golden flowers.

The proper name for the type of osmanthus I’m talking about is the Osmanthus fragrans, which is called guihua 桂花 in Chinese and they are native to Asia.


Benefits of Osmanthus Flowers:

  • Dispels cold and dampness in the body.
  • Wonderful for treating colds, they can get decrease the mucus caused by inflamed lungs and reduce coughing.
  • Improves overall lung health.
  • Treats menstrual pain, as well as regular stomach pain.
  • Treats tooth aches
  • Warms stomach, improves digestion, treats intestinal diseases and reduces the amount of stomach gas.
  • Used to tranquilise an active liver.
  • Removes many toxins from the body.
  • Brilliant for enhancing eyesight, reducing bad breath and moisturising the skin.
  • Lastly, it’s a great thirst quencher.

How you can use Osmanthus:


Because I have only recently became interested in osmanthus flowers, I’ve yet to make anything with them. However, I’ve read up many ways to use osmanthus flowers in food, drinks or even skincare.

Tea – Osmanthus tea is pretty famous in China, you just need to put a handful in and add some boiling water.

Drinks – Add osmanthus flowers in ice cubes and put them in water.

Desserts – Are you making mooncakes, regular cakes, jelly or any other desserts? Osmanthus flowers can be added in desserts as they have a sweet and rich buttery taste and can even be used as a natural sweetener. Herbal Turtle Jelly and Sweet Osmanthus Cake (Gui Hua Gao) are both famous desserts in China.

Soups – Osmanthus flowers can be added in soups as well, to enhance flavour.

Cosmetics – Making facial masks or lip balms? Try adding some osmanthus. It’s a brilliant skin moisturiser.

Where to buy Osmanthus Flowers:


Finally, since they’re not even really available in ships, where can you buy them?


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Susanna is the founder of The Snow Fairy. She’s super gluttonous and seeks to eat delicious, yet mostly healthy foods all the time, she loves photography, creativity, beautiful and cute things and can either be crazy passionate or be bored easily. She loves writing for her website and helping people, as well as be inspired and share what she has learned with others.


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13 Comments on The Amazing Benefits of Osmanthus Flowers

  1. Tekle
    September 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm (3 years ago)

    It is helpful information.

  2. Bobby
    September 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Great information! Tks.

  3. Devi
    September 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm (3 years ago)

    For some reason, the osmanthus tea gave me headaches. I wish it did not cause I liked the fragrance of the tea.

    • Susanna
      September 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

      ARGH that’s not good it gave you headaches! I know what you mean, I LOOVE the smell too! Though where I live, I can barely even find it in any stores :O

  4. SixDays
    October 21, 2013 at 7:14 am (3 years ago)

    Osmanthus FTW LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111111

  5. Susan Cheong
    December 1, 2013 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Previously I do not have much information on the osmanthus flowers but after reading your notes I was alarmed that it had so many benefits and uses.
    Thank you for your informative notes.

  6. Osmanthus supporter
    March 3, 2014 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

    Is there any side effects for Osmanthus? I enjoy the taste and smell of the flower very much. I eat as much as 50g per week.

  7. Mimi Tan
    July 5, 2014 at 12:10 am (2 years ago)

    I love Osmanthus the 1st sip from my Osmanthus Tea bought from Taiwan by a friend. It is so beautiful in taste and frangrance. First time I Google for its benefits. Wow. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Lydia Chang
    October 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

    This Osmanthus flower, tea, is so delicious and a mild fragrance different from any other
    flower. If you have a tree in your garden, you would have the fragrance all around your
    house, your garden and even it can let your neighbor share with you. To my knowledge,
    it can be used in many ways: in your food, drinks, herbal medicine, …..and what not.
    Walking in the street in either Lower East Side Chinatown or the Chinatown uptown, I
    can be intoxicated by its delicious fragrance. I kept asking the flower shop owners where’vto get the tree, and how to grow it, I/ve never got any definite answer, so i am
    afraid to grow it myself. But I wish I could. Try it in any way, You’ll like it. LC, NYC

  9. Suzi
    October 26, 2014 at 12:23 am (2 years ago)

    I recently purchase the osmanthus flowers, because I thought I’d be able to use like chamomile (in my natural skincare formulas). But, today I decided to use my new tea-infuser teapot and I put in rooibos loose tea, lavender flowers and osmanthus flowers… OMG!! WONDERFUL flavors!!! I’m hoping the health benefits will help my personal healing of the severe after-effects of colorectal cancer, chemo, radiation and multiple surgeries! I hope to see a healthy boost with probiotics as well. Thank you for your information! Blessings and love to all.. Suzi <3 <3 <3 :)

  10. vishesh
    November 26, 2014 at 1:07 am (2 years ago)

    I am not a tea person, but since I have tasted Osmanthus – It has become an addiction! I cant eat my lunch without it!! I enjoy the way it tranquilise the body!! However so far I have only tried this flavor from Coka Coka brand ‘Heaven and Earth’, would love to explore..!

  11. Serena
    July 22, 2015 at 7:27 am (10 months ago)

    Sooo excited to find this article!!!As a Chinese girl, I am always looking for the healthy benefits of osmanthus.Because this kind of flower is amazing !!!I still remember my grandma mixed green tea and osmanthus flowers together, creating a new flavor.
    Then I lived in New York.I missed that special tasting so much.So I choose to start my own flowering tea business here.
    My website is
    Feel free to check out.

  12. david
    November 26, 2015 at 5:38 am (6 months ago)

    Thanks Susanna for this informative posting!!A friend brings me some when she comes back from China,but I did not the benefits:)


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